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Is there a solution of the Yamabe problem using Ricci flow?

Someone told me that it is possible to solve the Yamabe problem using Ricci flow. The proof I know of is the one originally proposed by Yamabe and then completed by Trudinger, Aubin and Schoen (in ...
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Does the mean curvature flow naturally come with less applications than intrinsic curvature flows?

I know studying the mean curvature flow is a very interesting area of research, I've fooled around with it a bit myself. But it honestly doesn't look like it has much applications within mathematics ...
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What exactly does it mean for Hamilton's cigar soliton to have linear volume growth?

In a couple articles I've read lately, I've seen it mentioned that the cigar soliton has linear volume growth. What does this mean? I thought maybe, if you compute the volume of geodesic balls and ...
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Ricci flow preserves almost Kahler condition?

I have been unable to find a reference to the following (perhaps too naive) question. Suppose we have an almost Kahler manifold $(M^{2n},\omega,J,g)$ i.e. the almost complex structure $J$ is non-...
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Geometric flow equations which are second order in time derivative

All examples about geometric flow equations given in Wikipedia's Geometric flow article are first order in time derivative. Would it make sense to have a geometric flow equation which was second order ...
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Type II singularities for 3D Ricci flow

I know that type II singularities of the Ricci flow can exist on closed 3-manifolds (e.g. on $S^3$), but on the other hand it seems to me that ODE comparison combined with Hamilton's tensor maximum ...
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Is there a version of Ricci Flow for Pseudo-Riemannian Metrics?

The Ricci flow deforms a Riemannian metric. I was wondering if there was something very similar which deforms a pseudo-Riemannian metric or if not, is there reason why such a geometric flow cannot ...
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Proof Of The Poincare Conjecture: An Unofficial Erratum [closed]

We read and checked the detailed proof of the Poincare conjecture. One can find the article (Ricci Flow And The Poincare Conjecture by Morgan and Tian) on arXiv. Since the proof contains some gaps and ...
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Ricci flow on Riemannian submersions

Let $(P,g) \to (S^2,h)$ be a Riemannian submersion. Let $g(t)$ be the Ricci flow on $P$ with initial condition $g$. Does the induced flow on $S^2$ converges to the round metric on $S^2?$ I could ...
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Ricci flow on locally symmetric noncompact manifold

As it is mentioned by Deane Yang in Ricci flow preserves locally symmetry along the flow, we know the local symmetry is preserved under the Ricci flow on the compact manifold since we have the ...
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Ricci flow preserves locally symmetry along the flow

Let $(M,g_0)$ be a closed locally symmetric Riemannian manifold and let $g(t)_{t\in[0,T)}$ be a solution to the Ricci flow on $M$ with $g(0)=g_0$. How one can prove that Ricci flow preserves locally ...
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Example of a manifold with positive isotropic curvature but possibly negative Ricci curvature

Is there any example of a manifold with a positive isotropic curvature but it possibly obtains a negative Ricci curvature at some point and the direction? If we see the definition of the positive ...
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Does the Volume Ratio of a Geodesic Ball for a Complete Riemannian Manifold tend to the volume of a Unit Ball in Euclidean $n$-space?

I am reading Peter Topping's notes on Ricci flow: on page 99 a statement is made which is needed for his proof of a version of Perelman's no local volume collapse theorem, but I am not sure why it ...
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Principal Symbol for the Ricci-DeTurck Flow

I am following some lecture notes on Ricci flow and reached the section where we linearize the Ricci tensor and obtain the principal symbol for the resulting operator. We have $T \in \: \Gamma(Sym^2 ...
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What is the Weak Maximum Principle for Scalars and how is it Derived?

I am currently reading 'Lectures on Ricci Flow' by Peter Topping and I have got to Chapter 3 where he states the 'weak maximum principle for scalars'. Suppose for $t \in [0,T]$ for finite $T$ that $g(...
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Understanding the Hamilton's definition of $\ast$-operation

I'm studying by myself Mean Curvature Flow and I'm trying understand the definition of $\ast$-operation given by Richard Hamilton in the beginning of the section $13$ (page $40$) of his paper "Three-...
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Eigenvalues of geometric operators along geometric flows

I have two questions: 1- what is the relation between eigenvalues of geometric operators such as Laplace operator and topology or geometry of a Riemannian manifold?(please give an example if possible)...
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Isometries along the normalized Ricci flow

As we know the Ricci flow preserves isometries of the initial manifold along the flow. But I want to know does the normalized Ricci flow preserves isometries of the initial manifold along the flow as ...
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Curvature decay of Ricci expanders

Let $M$ be a gradient Ricci expander with nonnegative curvature operator. Assume $\Sigma$ is its space of directions at infinity (so $M$ looks like a cone over $\Sigma$). What is the curvature ...
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Converse of Hamilton's Maximum Principle?

The famous maximum principle of Hamilton states the following. Let $C$ be a convex $O(n)$-invariant subset of the space of algebraic curvature operators. Then if it is invariant under the ODE $$ \dot{...
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Differentiable dependence on the data for parabolic equations

Let $g_{\lambda}$ be a one parameter family of Riemannian metrics, which are complete and with bounded curvature, on the unit disk, depending smoothly on the parameter $\lambda$. Let $\Delta_{\lambda}$...
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Ricci flow is not a gradient flow for $L^2$-space of metrics

I am reading Ben Andrews book about Ricci flow and at the start of the chapter about Perelman's gradient flow formulation for Ricci flow he says Robert Bryant exposed that there are no functionals ...
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Classical solutions for parabolic PDE's

I am studying Ricci flow theory and the Ricci flow is not a parabolic equation. But there is some variant of it, called DeTurck-Ricci equation, that happens to be a parabolic PDE. So to argue ...
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Reference for example of gradient steady Ricci solitons

Recently I read a paper about Ricci solitons. I quote a paragraph of it here: In dimension three, the classification of complete gradient steady Ricci solitons is still open. Known examples are ...
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Strong uniqueness of the Ricci flow

In the paper ``Strong uniqueness of the Ricci flow", Chen proved the following strong uniqueness of the Ricci flow: let $g(t)$ be a smooth complete solution to the Ricci flow on $\mathbb{R}^3$, with ...
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Question on $\alpha-$Einstein manifolds

A Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ is called $\alpha-$Einstein if there exist a non-zero $1-$form $\alpha$ such $$\rho=ag+b\alpha\otimes\alpha$$ where $a,b$ are smooth functions on $M$ and $\rho$ is ricci ...
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Pseudolocality outside of geometric PDE?

In Ricci flow, the pseudolocality theorem says roughly that regularity in some region implies that as time goes on, there is some regularity in a smaller region. The first version is due to Perelman. ...
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“Elliptic” proof that Compact Ricci Solitons are Gradient Ricci Solitons

I'm concerned with the following Proposition: If a compact manifold $M$ satisfies $$Rc + \textstyle\frac{1}{2}\mathcal{L}_Xg = \lambda g $$ where $\lambda$ is a constant (i.e. $M$ is a compact Ricci ...
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Curvature blow up along Ricci flow

In the book on Ricci flow by Andrews and Hopper, it has been proved that if Ricci flow on $M$ has a finite time singularity at time $T$ then $\lim_{t \nearrow T} \sup_{x\in M} |Rm(x,t)|=\infty$. I am ...
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Gromov Hausdorff limit and Ricci flow

Let $M$ be a compact, smooth manifold and $\{g(t)\}$ be a family of Riemannian metrics on $M$ evolving under Ricci flow. Suppose the maximal existence time $T$ is finite. To what extent the following ...
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Some questions on a paper of Wilking

I am currently trying to understand Wilking's paper "A Lie algebraic approach to Ricci flow invariant curvature conditions and Harnack inequalities". If I may, I wish to clarify a few points where I ...
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Ricci flow and evolution of the shape of drops in spray

Several years ago, I was a trainee in a physics lab where I was supposed to study atomisation in sprays (ensemble of liquid drops). As we did observe that the drops tended to adopt a spherical shape ...
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Geometric meaning of Ricci flow [duplicate]

What is the geometric meaning, for a metric in function of the time that is a solution of the Ricci flow ($g'(t)=-2Ric(t)$), compared to one that is not? EXPLANATION I'm interested to understand, ...
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Evolution of $W_+$ and $W_-$ under the Ricci flow

In dimension $4$ the Weyl operator $W$ splits in two parts $$W_+:\Lambda^{2}_{+} \to \Lambda^{2}_{+}$$ and $$W_-:\Lambda^{2}_{-} \to \Lambda^{2}_{-}.$$ (a) Has there been a study of the evolution ...
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Example of steady Ricci soliton whith indefinite or nonpositive Ricci curvature

I am looking for example of steady Ricci soliton with indefinite or nonpositive Ricci curvature. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!
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Two questions about Li-Yau-Hamilton estimate

This question is from my question on mathematics. Picture below is from 231 page . For to prove $Q\ge 0$ on $M \times (0,T)$, $(\partial_t -\Delta)Q \ge 0$ and $Q\ge 0$ are needed to prove.But I ...
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Ricci soliton on contact manifolds

Recently I am studying Ricci flow and its self-similar solution called Ricci soliton. In this respect I found some papers which focuses Ricci soliton in the setting of various kind of contact ...
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How is Ricci flow related to computer graphics?

I recently came across the book Ricci Flow for Shape Analysis and Surface Registration: Theories, Algorithms and Applications by Wei Zeng and Xianfeng David Gu. Because, I just saw the book on the ...
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Ricci flow and isometry group

It is known (via Kotschwar's uniqueness of backwards Ricci flows) that the isometry group of a Riemannian metric remains unchanged under the Ricci flow. But, one can easily observe that it can change ...
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Optimal exponent in the Lojasiewicz-Simon gradient inequality

Lojasiewicz's theorem asserts that if $F: \mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ is a real-analytic function in a neighborhood of its critical point $0$, then there exist constants $\theta\in (0,1/2]$, $\gamma\...
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Faster (than normal) convergence of the normalized Ricci flow on surfaces

Consider a compact surface $M$ of genus $\gamma > 1$ (I am using the more usual letter "$g$" to denote metric), and the normalized Ricci flow on it. It is known that at time $t$, the scalar ...
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ricci flow on surfaces

In Hamiltons paper "Ricci flow on surfaces" there is an estimate on $|\nabla R|^2$ which shows that $|\nabla R|^2 \leq C_1 \exp{\frac{rt}{2}}$ for some constant $C_1$. Actually for any solution of the ...
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Long time existence of Ricci flow on compact surfaces of negative curvature

Is there a long time existence for the Ricci flow on compact negatively curved surfaces? I just read that the normalized Ricci flow has a long time solution converging to a metric of constant negative ...
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Prerequisites for reading Gregory Perelman's work

What are the prerequisites for understanding the work of Perelman concerning the Poincaré conjecture? I am referring to the last three papers here.
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Variational Properties of the Perelman Functional

After reading a bit more about Perelman's entropy and gradient solitons, I came up with a hunch, which I must test. Non-singular solitons can be regarded as critical points of Perelman's entropy, or ...
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Avoiding mean-curvature flow dumbbell neck-pinch by inflating a surface

It is well known that Grayson's dumbbell neck-pinch1,2 separates into disconnected pieces under mean curvature flow:                     Image ...
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On the definition on the Ricci flow [closed]

I'm trying to understand how one can define the Ricci flow equation. First you have to parametrized the set of all Riemannian metrics. Then you have to define the derivative on this parametrized ...
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Sources on evolution of submanifolds subject to Ricci flow

I am seeking any textbook or paper addressing the evolution of submanifolds of a manifold undergoing Ricci Flow. Please, any pointer towards this topic is more than welcome. This old MO post may be ...
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Self-contained book on Ricci Flow/Geometric Analysis

Can someone please tell me whether there is any self-contained book on Geometric Analysis/Ricci Flow/analytic techniques used in Riemannian Geometry? By self-contained I mean it does not assume that ...
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Ricci flow on non-compact manifold

Suppose $\omega$ defines a Kähler metric on a non-compact complex manifold. Does the Kähler-Ricci flow equation always have a solution (for small $t$)?