Riemannian Topology Meeting
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Thursday, 8 November 2018 (08:00)
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Friday, 9 November 2018 (18:00)
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Thursday, 8 November 2018
08:45
Registration
Registration
08:45  09:10
09:10
Opening
Opening
09:10  09:20
09:20
A rigidity theorem for the action of the diffeomorphism group on spaces of psc metrics

Johannes Ebert
A rigidity theorem for the action of the diffeomorphism group on spaces of psc metrics
Johannes Ebert
09:20  10:10
For a closed, simply connected $d$dimensional manifold spin $M$, we study the action of the (spin) diffeomorphism group of $M$ on the space $\mathcal{R}^+ (M)$ of psc metrics on $M$. Our main result is that the homotopy class of the map $f^*: \mathcal{R}^+ (M) \to \mathcal{R}^+ (M)$ only depends on the cobordism class in $\Omega^{\mathrm{Spin}}_{d+1}$ of the mapping torus of $f$. When properly formulated, the same result is true for manifolds with nontrivial fundamental group.
10:10
Coffee break
Coffee break
10:10  10:40
Room: Mensa
10:40
Spaces of riemannian metrics satisfying surgery stable curvature conditions

JanBernhard Kordaß
(
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
)
Spaces of riemannian metrics satisfying surgery stable curvature conditions
JanBernhard Kordaß
(
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
)
10:40  11:30
We will introduce spaces of riemannian metrics on a smooth manifold satisfying a curvature condition given by a subset in the space of algebraic curvature operators. Provided this condition is surgery stable, which is a notion based on the work of S. Hoelzel guaranteeing the condition can be preserved under surgeries of a certain codimension, we can generalize several theorems from positive scalar curvature geometry to this setting. Notably, we will comment on a generalization of a theorem of V. Chernysh on the homotopy type of the space of psc metrics and point to cases where we can distinguish connected components using invariants from spin geometry.
11:30
Short break
Short break
11:30  11:35
11:35
On the topology of the Teichmüller space of negatively curved Riemannian metrics

Gangotryi Sorcar
(
Einstein Institute of Mathematics, HUJI
)
On the topology of the Teichmüller space of negatively curved Riemannian metrics
Gangotryi Sorcar
(
Einstein Institute of Mathematics, HUJI
)
11:35  12:25
This talk is a survey on results concerning the space $T^{<0}(M)$, which we call the Teichmüller space of negatively curved Riemannian metrics on $M$. It is defined as the quotient space of the space of all negatively curved Riemannian metrics on $M$ modulo the space of all isotopies of $M$ that are homotopic to the identity. This space was shown to have highly nontrivial homotopy when $M$ is real hyperbolic by Tom Farrell and Pedro Ontaneda in 2009. Then in 2015, it was shown to be non simply connected in my thesis when $M$ is a suitably chosen GromovThurston manifold (which are examples of negatively curved nonlocally symmetric spaces). In 2017, Tom Farrell and myself proved a similar result for $M$ being a suitable complex hyperbolic manifold. In all these results, the dimension of $M$ has to be $4k2$ for some $k \ge 2$. In this talk, I will explain this project, and talk about the tools we have used so far in unraveling it. I will also mention the cases that are still open in this project.
12:25
Lunch break
Lunch break
12:25  14:10
Room: Mensa
14:10
Extra twisted connected sums and their $\nu$invariants

Sebastian Goette
(
University of Freiburg
)
Extra twisted connected sums and their $\nu$invariants
Sebastian Goette
(
University of Freiburg
)
14:10  15:00
Joyce’s orbifold construction and the twisted connected sums by Kovalev and CortiHaskinsNordströmPacini provide many examples of compact Riemannian 7manifolds with holonomy $G_2$. We would like to use this wealth of examples to guess further properties of $G_2$manifolds and to find obstructions against holonomy $G_2$, taking into account the underlying topological $G_2$structures. The CrowleyNordström $\nu$invariant distinguishes topological $G_2$structures. It vanishes for all twisted connected sums. By adding an extra twist to this construction, we show that the $\nu$invariant can assume all of its 48 possible values. This shows that $G_2$bordism presents no obstruction against holonomy $G_2$. We also exhibit examples of 7manifolds with disconnected $G_2$moduli space. Our computation of the $\nu$invariants involves integration of the BismuthCheeger $\eta$forms for families of tori, which can be done either by elementary hyperbolic geometry, or using modular properties of the Dedekind $\eta$function.
15:00
Short break
Short break
15:00  15:05
15:05
Scalar curvature and the multiconformal class of a direct product Riemannian manifold

Saskia Roos
(
University of Potsdam
)
Scalar curvature and the multiconformal class of a direct product Riemannian manifold
Saskia Roos
(
University of Potsdam
)
15:05  15:55
For a closed, connected direct product Riemannian manifold $(M,g) = (M_1 \times \ldots \times M_l, g_1 + \ldots + g_l)$ we define its multiconformal class $[\![ g ]\!]$ as the totality $\lbrace f_1^2 g_1 + \ldots + f_l^2 g_l \rbrace$ of all Riemannian metrics obtained from multiplying the metric $g_i$ of each factor by a function $f_i^2:M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}_+$. In this talk we discuss how constant scalar curvature metrics in a multiconformal class are related with constant scalar curvature metrics on the factors.
15:55
Coffee break
Coffee break
15:55  16:30
Room: Mensa
16:30
Orbifolds all of whose geodesics are closed

Christian Lange
(
University of Cologne
)
Orbifolds all of whose geodesics are closed
Christian Lange
(
University of Cologne
)
16:30  17:20
Manifolds all of whose geodesics are closed have been studied a lot, but there are only few examples known. The situation is different if one allows in addition for orbifold singularities. In the talk we discuss such examples and their properties. In particular, we explain rigidity phenomena of the geodesic length spectrum and of metrics with all geodesics closed in dimension two.
19:30
Conference Dinner
Conference Dinner
19:30  21:30
Friday, 9 November 2018
09:20
Nonnegative Ricci curvature and harmonic maps

David Wraith
Nonnegative Ricci curvature and harmonic maps
David Wraith
09:20  10:10
Taking as our starting point the classic paper of Eells and Sampson, we use harmonic maps as a tool to investigate spaces and moduli spaces of Ricci nonnegative metrics, and also to study concordances between such metrics. In the first case, among other things, we recover some recent results of Tuschmann and Wiemeler. In the second case, we uncover an interrelationship between concordance, isotopy and isometry for Ricci nonnegative metrics, which stands in contrast to the situation for positive scalar curvature.
10:10
Coffee break
Coffee break
10:10  10:40
Room: Mensa
10:40
$\mathop{Spin}^c$ Dirac operators and the KreckStolz s invariant.

Jackson Goodman
(
University of Pennsylvania
)
$\mathop{Spin}^c$ Dirac operators and the KreckStolz s invariant.
Jackson Goodman
(
University of Pennsylvania
)
10:40  11:30
We use the $\mathop{Spin}^c$ Dirac operator to generalize a formula of Kreck and Stolz for the s invariant of $S^1$ invariant metrics with positive scalar curvature. We then apply it to show that the moduli spaces of metrics with nonnegative sectional curvature on certain 7manifolds have infinitely many path components. These include certain positively curved Eschenburg and AloffWallach spaces. Furthermore, we use a $\mathop{Spin}^c$ version of the s invariant to discuss moduli spaces of metrics of positive scalar and twisted scalar curvature on $\mathop{Spin}^c$ manifolds.
11:30
Short break
Short break
11:30  11:40
11:40
Moduli spaces of nonnegatively curved metrics on homotopy $RP^5$s

David González Álvaro
(
University of Fribourg
)
Moduli spaces of nonnegatively curved metrics on homotopy $RP^5$s
David González Álvaro
(
University of Fribourg
)
11:40  12:30
The goal of this talk is to discuss the following result: for a manifold homotopy equivalent to $RP^5$, the moduli space of metrics with nonnegative sectional (resp. with positive Ricci) curvature has infinitely many path connected components. The proof involves various elements such as Brieskorn spheres, GroveZiller metrics, reduced etainvariants and fixed point formulas. This is joint work with Anand Dessai.
12:30
Lunch break
Lunch break
12:30  14:30
Room: Mensa
14:30
Positively curved manifolds with isometric torus actions

Michael Wiemeler
(
WWU Münster
)
Positively curved manifolds with isometric torus actions
Michael Wiemeler
(
WWU Münster
)
14:30  15:20
The classification of positively (sectional) curved manifolds is a long standing open problem in Riemannian geometry. So far it was a successful approach to consider the problem under the extra assumption of an isometric group action. In this talk I will report on recent joint work with Lee Kennard and Burkhard Wilking in this direction. Among other things we show the following: Let $M$ be a simply connected positively curved $n$dimensional manifold with $H^{odd} M,\mathbb{Q})=0$ and an isometric $T^8$action. Then the rational cohomology ring of $M$ is isomorphic to the rational cohomology of one of the CROSSes $S^n$, $\mathbb{C} P^{n/2}$ and $\mathbb{H} P^{n/4}$.
15:20
Short break
Short break
15:20  15:30
15:30
Local flexibility of open partial differential relations

Bernhard Hanke
(
Augsburg University
)
Local flexibility of open partial differential relations
Bernhard Hanke
(
Augsburg University
)
15:30  16:20
In his famous book on partial differential relations Gromov formulates an exercise concerning local deformations of solutions to open partial differential relations. We will explain the content of this fundamental assertion and sketch a proof. We will illustrate this by various examples, including the construction of $C^{1,1}$Riemannian metrics which are positively curved "almost everywhere" on arbitrary manifolds. This is joint work with Christian Bär (Potsdam).
16:20
Break
Break
16:20  16:50
Room: Lecture Hall
16:50
Discussion
Discussion
16:50  17:40