Metric measure spaces satisfying Ricci curvature lower bounds I
Location: MSRI: Simons Auditorium
Ricci curvature lower bounds
The idea of compactifying the space of Riemannian manifolds satisfying Ricci curvature lower bounds goes back to Gromov in the '80s and was pushed by Cheeger and Colding in the '90s who investigated the structure of the spaces arising as Gromov-Hausdorff limits of smooth Riemannian manifolds satisfying Ricci curvature lower bounds. A completely new approach via optimal transportation was proposed by Lott-Villani and Sturm almost ten years ago; with this approach one can give a precise meaning of what means for a non smooth space to have Ricci curvature bounded from below by a constant. This approach has been refined in the last years by a number of authors and a number of fundamental tools have now been established (for instance the Bochner inequality, the splitting theorem, Levy-Gromov isoperimetric inequality, etc.), permitting to give further insights in the theory. The goal of the lectures is to give an introduction to the subject:
-In the first lecture I will introduce Ricci curvature lower bounds for metric measure spaces and discuss basic properties.
- The second lecture will be devoted to the study of analytic and geometric properties of such spaces, in particular I will present the proof of the Levy-Gromov isoperimetric inequality (joint work with Fabio Cavalletti)
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