Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory
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On moduli spaces of spherical surfaces with conical points

Gabriele Mondello

created by malchiodi on 13 Mar 2019

21 mar 2019 -- 16:00   [open in google calendar]

Scuola Normale Superiore, Aula Fermi


Metrics of positive curvature with conical singularities on surfaces behave quite differently than flat or hyperbolic ones. In particular, existence and uniqueness of spherical (i.e. K=1) metrics in a given conformal class is not granted. The aim of the talk is to address a number of features of the moduli spaces of spherical metrics on compact oriented surfaces with conical singularities of prescribed angles. Among the global properties, we discuss non-emptiness and we show that such moduli spaces can have an arbitrarily large number of connected components. Furthermore, we show that no spherical metric in a given conformal class exists if one angle is too small. Such result relies on an explicit systole inequality which relates metric invariants (spherical systole) and conformal invariants (extremal systole) of spherical surfaces, and that can be of independent interest. This is joint work with Dmitri Panov.

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