|Location:||MSRI: Simons Auditorium|
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)