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Research Group Differential Geometry

Secretariat
Kollegiengebäude Mathematik (20.30)
Room 1.003
Ute Peters

Address
Institut für Algebra und Geometrie
Englerstr. 2
D-76131 Karlsruhe

Office hours:
Mo-Fr 09:00-15:00
Für Studierende:
Mo-Fr 09:15-11:15

Tel.: +49 721 608 43943

Fax.: +49 721 608 46909

Comparison Geometry (Vergleichsgeometrie) (Summer Semester 2017)

Lecturer: Dr. Fernando Galaz-Garcia
Classes: Lecture (0154850), Problem class (0154860)
Weekly hours: 2+2


Schedule
Lecture: Friday 14:00-15:30 SR 2.59
Problem class: Wednesday 15:45-17:15 SR -1.013 (UG)
Lecturers
Lecturer, Problem classes Dr. Fernando Galaz-Garcia
Office hours: By appointment.
Room 1.016 Kollegiengebäude Mathematik (20.30)
Email: galazgarcia@kit.edu

Description

The course provides a thorough introduction to comparison theory in Riemannian geometry:

What can be said about a complete Riemannian manifold when (mainly lower) bounds for the sectional or Ricci curvature are given? Starting from the comparison theory for the Riccati ODE which describes the evolution of the principal curvatures of equidistant hypersurfaces, we discuss the global estimates for volume and length given by Bishop-Gromov and Toponogov. An application is Gromov’s estimate of the number of generators of the fundamental group and the Betti numbers when lower curvature bounds are given. Using convexity arguments, we prove the ”soul theorem” of Cheeger and Gromoll and the sphere theorem of Berger and Klingenberg for nonnegative curvature. If lower Ricci curvature bounds are given we exploit subharmonicity instead of convexity and show the rigidity theorems of Myers-Cheng and the splitting theorem of Cheeger and Gromoll. The Bishop-Gromov inequality shows polynomial growth of finitely generated subgroups of the fundamental group of a space with nonnegative Ricci curvature (Milnor). We also discuss briefly Bochner’s method.

Homework sets

References

  • do Carmo, Manfredo Perdigão. Riemannian geometry. Translated from the second Portuguese edition by Francis Flaherty. Mathematics: Theory & Applications. Birkhäuser Boston, Inc., Boston, MA, 1992.
  • Cheeger, Jeff; Ebin, David G. Comparison theorems in Riemannian geometry. Revised reprint of the 1975 original. AMS Chelsea Publishing, Providence, RI, 2008.
  • J.-H. Eschenburg, "Comparison theorems in Riemannian Geometry" (figures here)