Spacetime positive mass theorem

Huang 2019 02 05

Lan-Hsuan Huang
University of Connecticut; von Neumann Fellow, School of Mathematics
February 5, 2019
It is fundamental to understand a manifold with positive scalar curvature and its topology. The minimal surface approach pioneered by R. Schoen and S.T. Yau have advanced our understanding of positively curved manifolds. A very important result is their resolution to the Riemannian positive mass theorem. In general relativity, the concepts of positive scalar curvature and minimal surfaces naturally extend. The extensions connect to a more general statement, so-called the spacetime positive mass conjecture. We will discuss recent progress on the spacetime positive mass conjecture. The talk is based on joint work with M. Eichmair, D. Lee, R. Schoen and with D. Lee.