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Short geodesic segments on closed Riemannian manifolds September 12, 2011 (02:00 PM PDT - 03:00 PM PDT)
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Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
Speaker(s) Regina Rotman
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A well-known result of J. P. Serre states that for
an arbitrary pair of points on a closed Riemannian manifold
there exist infinitely many geodesics connecting these points.

A natural question is whether one can estimate the length of the
"k-th" geodesic in terms of the diameter of a manifold.

We will demonstrate that given any pair of points p, q on a closed
Riemannian manifold of dimension n and diameter d, there always exist at
least k geodesics of length at most 4nk^2d connecting them.

We will also demonstrate that for any two points of a manifold that is
diffeomorphic to the 2-sphere there always exist at least k geodesics
between them of length at most 24kd. (Joint with A. Nabutovsky)

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