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### Obstruction for a manifold to admit a periodic Ricci flow

Let M be a (compact) smooth manifold. What kind of obstruction exist for M to admit a metric whose Ricci flow is a t-periodic flow?
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### One-sided version of the curve-shortening flow

The curve-shortening flow is $$\frac{\partial C}{\partial t} = \kappa n$$ where $\kappa$ is the curvature, and $n$ is the unit normal vector. For a smooth Jordan curve $C\subset\mathbb R^2$ (closed ...
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### Ricci flow negative curvature

We denote by $\mathbb{H}^n$ the hyperbolic plane of dimension $n$. I don't know much about the Ricci flow, so my first question is probably naïve : can one define a normalized Ricci flow such that the ...
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### The heat equation for complex time

Let $\Delta$ be a Laplacian or an elliptic operator over a manifold, can the heat equation be defined for complex time? Can we define: $$e^{-z \Delta}$$ for $Re(z)>0$ ? Also can the Ricci flow be ...
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### Does the Cheeger constant satisfy a heat-type equation?

It was shown by Hamilton in the 1990s that the isoperimetric ratio $C_H$ on the $2$-sphere improves along the Ricci flow. A way to prove this is to use the fact that if $(M^2, g(t))$ is a solution of ...
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### Changing the system of PDE by diffeomorphism

This problem comes from the book Hamilton's Ricci flow. Given a smooth functional $f$, and following system. $$\partial_tg_{ij}=-2(R_{ij}+\nabla_i\nabla_jf)$$ If there exist a 1 parameter family of ...
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### Low boundary of $\mathcal W$ function

Picture below is from Topping's Lectures on Ricci flow. I don't understand the red line. From Lemma 8.1.8, I can get that $\mathcal W (g,f,\tau)$ has low boundary for any compatible $f,g,\tau$. But ...
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### The Ricci curvature is bounded below by scalar curvature

So I have more questions coming from Dr Hamilton's "Three-Manifolds with Positive Ricci Curvature" paper here. I'm working in section 9 on Preserving Positive Ricci Curvature. In theorem 9.4,...
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### Ricci curvature : beyond heat-like flows

Let me give you some context first: just a few days ago I found some intriguing references to Ricci flows in the setting of directed graphs. There are at least two versions of Ricci curvature in the ...
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### How to show the upperbound of the Ricci tensor preserved on 3 manifold

So I have more questions coming from Hamilton's "Three-Manifolds with Positive Ricci Curvature" paper here. I'm working in section 9 on Preserving Positive Ricci Curvature, the proof of ...
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