Distinguished Lectures: Alice Chang (Princeton University), 'On a class of conformal covariant operators and conformal invariants'

Event Date: 

Monday, May 12, 2014 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 6635 South Hall

In 2005, Graham-Zworski introduced a continuous family of conformal covariant operators of high orders via scattering theory on conformal compact Einstein manifolds. This class of operators P° and their associated curvature Q° has played important roles in problems in conformal geometry and in the study of some geometric invariants in the Ads/CFT setting. In the talk, I will survey some of the recent progress in this field, and also report some recent joint work with Jeffrey Case about positivity property of this class of operators under curvature assumptions.