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Ruling out non-collapsed singularities in Riemannian 4-manifolds via the symplectic geometry of their twistor spaces

Thursday 23rd July 2015 - 14:00 to 15:00
INI Seminar Room 2
The twistor space of a Riemannian 4-manifold carries a natural closed 2-form. Asking that it be symplectic gives an interesting curvature inequality (which includes, for example, anti-self-dual Einstein metrics of non-zero scalar curvature). I will explain how the theory of J-holomorphic curves in the twistor space can be used to rule out certain types of degeneration in families of manifolds satisfying the curvature inequality. In particular, this shows that anti-self-dual Einstein metrics of negative scalar curvature cannot develop non-collapsed singularities. If there is time, I will end with speculation about other Riemannian uses for these symplectic structures and various conjectures concerning them.
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University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
    Clay Mathematics Institute London Mathematical Society NM Rothschild and Sons