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Vortrag: "Almost non-negative curvature, what's new?"

Esther Cabezas-Rivas (Frankfurt)


10.06.2015 von 17:00 bis 18:00 (Europe/Berlin / UTC200)


Hörsaal des Mathematischen Instituts in der Arndtstraße 2, 1. Stock, Raum 111

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Ein Vortrag im Rahmen des Seminars "Gruppen, Geometrie, Dynamik".

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We will review some classical problems in Differential Geometry, which lead us to work with manifolds with almost non-negative curvature. In particular, we will explain during the talk why it is natural to wonder whether for these manifolds a topological invariant called $\hat A$-genus vanishes (this question was proposed by John Lott in 1997). We will provide a positive answer by investigating sequences of spin manifolds with lower sectional curvature bound, upper diameter bound and the property that the Dirac operator is not invertible. As a key ingredient of the proof we prove a generalization (under weaker curvature assumptions) of the renowned theorem by Gromov about almost flat manifolds.

This is joint work with Burkhard Wilking.