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On a conjecture of Toponogov on complete convex surfaces

Prof. W. Klingenberg(Durham University)
Thursday, March 28th, 2019, 1:00 PM  闵行数学楼402报告厅
Abstract: In 1995, Victor Andreevich Toponogov authored the following conjecture: “Every smooth strictly convex and complete classical surface of the type of a plane has an umbilic point, possibly at infinity“. In our talk, we will outline a proof, in collaboration with Brendan Guilfoyle. Namely we prove that (a) the Fredholm index of an associated Riemann Hilbert boundary problem for holomorphic discs is negative, which is an outcome of the regularity of the Cauchy-Riemann operator in presence of a symmetry group. Thereby, (b) no such solutions may exist for a generic perturbation of the boundary condition (these form a Banach manifold under the assumption that the Conjecture is incorrect). Finally, however, (c) the geometrization by a neutral metric of the associated model allows for Mean Curvature Flow with mixed Dirichlet - Neumann boundary conditions to generate a holomorphic disc from an initial spacelike disc. This completes the indirect proof of said conjecture as (b) and (c) are in contradiction.

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