Everytopic Seminar

 November 21st, 2008, 1:40 pm – 3:00pm, Goldsmith 226



Title: Ricci flow and some applications

Speaker: Matthew Headrick, Brandeis



Ricci flow is a generalization of the heat equation for Riemannian  

metrics. It plays a role in quantum field theory and string theory,  

and has proven to be a useful tool in the study of three-manifold  

topology. I will start with an introduction, from a physicist's  

viewpoint, to the flow and its general properties. I will then discuss  

novel applications of the flow to the geometry of black holes and to

the numerical solution of the Einstein equation.