Algebraically Constrained Special Holonomy Metrics and Second-order Associative 3-folds. Riemannian Geometry Past, Present, and Future: an Homage to Marcel Berger. Institute des Hautes Études Scientifiques. December 6, 2017
Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium
There are various methods known now for constructing more-or-less explicit metrics with special holonomy; most of these rely on assumptions of symmetry and/or reduction. Another promising method for constructing special solutions to look for metrics that satisfy algebraic curvature conditions. This often leads to a study of structure equations
that satisfy an overdetermined system of PDE, sometimes involutive sometimes not, and the theory of exterior differential systems is particularly well-suited for analyzing these problems.
In this talk, I will describe the ideas and the underlying techniques needed from the theory of exterior differential systems, illustrate the application in the most basic cases, and describe the results so far.
A similar program has been implemented for finding explicit calibrated submanifolds of the associated geometries and, time permitting, I will describe some of this work and the current results.
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Service or Event Name
Riemannian Geometry Past, Present, and Future: an Homage to Marcel Berger
Institute des Hautes Études Scientifiques
Location or Venue
Marilyn and James Simons Conference Center, IHES, Bures-sur-Yvette, France