Riemannian metrics on diffeomorphism groups — the good, the bad, and the unknown
Cy Maor (Hebrew University)
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 14:30 – 15:30, Math -101
In finite dimensional Riemannian geometry, everything behaves nicely — the Riemannian metric induces a distance function, geodesics exist (at least for some time), and so on. In infinite dimensional Riemannian geometry, however, chaos reigns. In this talk I will focus on diffeomorphism groups, and on a particularly important hierarchy of Riemannian metrics on them: right-invariant Sobolev metrics. These arise in many different contexts, from purely mathematical ones, to applications in hydrodynamics and imaging. I will give a brief introduction to these metrics, why we care about them, and what we know (and don’t know) about their properties. Parts of the talk will be based on joint works with Bob Jerrard and Martin Bauer.