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AN EXAMPLE OF NECKPINCHING FOR RICCI FLOW ON Sn+1 SIGURD ANGENENT AND DAN KNOPF
 

Summary: AN EXAMPLE OF NECKPINCHING FOR RICCI FLOW ON Sn+1
SIGURD ANGENENT AND DAN KNOPF
Abstract. We give an example of a class of metrics on Sn+1 that evolve under the Ricci Flow into a
"neckpinch." We show that the solution has a Type I singularity, and that the length of the neck, i.e. the
region where |Rm| (T - t)-1, is bounded from below by c
p
(T - t)| log(T - t)| for some c > 0.
1. Preamble
This paper is the first of two in which we study singularity formation in the Ricci flow. As motivation,
consider a solution of the flow
tg = -2 Rc (g)(1a)
g (0) = g0(1b)
starting from an arbitrary Riemannian manifold (Mm
, g0). One should not be surprised if (1) becomes
singular in finite time. Indeed, the simple estimate
tR = R + 2 |Rc|2
R +
2
m
R2

  

Source: Angenent, Sigurd - Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin at Madison

 

Collections: Mathematics