Richard Schoen: New perspectives on scalar curvature

Time: Wed 2019-09-18 15.15 - 17.00

Lecturer: Richard Schoen, UC Irvine

Location: FR4, Oskar Klein, AlbaNova

Schedule

14:00-15:00 Precolloquium by Bernando Fernandes in FB41 for master students and PhD students

15:15-16:15 Colloquium lecture by Richard Schoen in Room Oskar Klein, AlbaNova

16:15-16:30 SMC Excellent Theses Awards

16:30-17:00 SMC social get together with refreshments 

Abstract

This will be a talk for a general audience explaining the dual role that the scalar curvature plays in differential geometry and in general relativity. Both subjects motivate questions about the geometric structure of spaces with scalar curvature bounded from below. We will describe some of these questions by analogy with similar questions for surfaces where the answers are largely known. In the physical case of dimension three we only have partial knowledge and many questions remain.

Belongs to: Department of Mathematics
Last changed: Sep 16, 2019