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Geometry-Topology Seminar

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 4:30pm

Peng Wu

Fudan University


University of Pennsylvania


Einstein metrics are natural Riemannian metrics on differentiable manifolds. In dimensions 2 and 3, they must have constant sectional curvature, while in dimension 4, they are much more complicated. For complex surfaces, in 1990 Tian classified Kahler-Einstein four-manifolds with positive scalar curvature, and in 2012 LeBrun classified Hermitian, Einstein four-manifolds with positive scalar curvature. For real four-manifolds, however less is known, even assuming a (strong) condition of positive sectional curvature. In this talk I will first talk about some background on Einstein manifolds, then I will focus on Einstein four-manifolds with positive curvature. If time permitted, I will also talk about my project on this problem via k-positive curvature operator.