Natural maps old and new

Gerard Besson, Université de Grenoble
Fine Hall 314

In 1995, G. Courtois, S. Gallot and myself constructed a family of maps with very good properties regarding volume elements between certain manifolds. We used it to give an alternative proof of Mostow's rigidity for rank one closed symmetric spaces as well as a rigidity result for their geodesic flow, conjectured by A. Katok. Various modifications of the original construction have been made since yielding new results in different settings. We shall describe the basic construction, the modifications, some applications and open questions.