Chang, Sun-Yung A.; Qing, Jie; Yang, Paul

Some progress in conformal geometry

SIGMA, Symmetry Integrability Geom. Methods Appl. 3, Paper 122, 17 p., electronic only (2007)

Summary

Summary: This is a survey paper of our current research on the theory of partial differential equations in conformal geometry. Our intention is to describe some of our current works in a rather brief and expository fashion. We are not giving a comprehensive survey on the subject and references cited here are not intended to be complete. We introduce a bubble tree structure to study the degeneration of a class of Yamabe metrics on Bach flat manifolds satisfying some global conformal bounds on compact manifolds of dimension 4. As applications, we establish a gap theorem, a finiteness theorem for diffeomorphism type for this class, and diameter bound of the $\sigma _{2}$-metrics in a class of conformal 4-manifolds. For conformally compact Einstein metrics we introduce an eigenfunction compactification. As a consequence we obtain some topological constraints in terms of renormalized volumes.

Mathematics Subject Classification

53A30, 53C20, 35J60

Keywords/Phrases

bach flat metrics, bubble tree structure, degeneration of metrics, conformally compact, Einstein, renormalized volume

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