Seminar on Geometric Complex Analysis

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Date, time & place Monday 10:30 - 12:00 128Room #128 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Organizer(s) Kengo Hirachi, Shigeharu Takayama

2012/05/07

10:30-12:00   Room #126 (Graduate School of Math. Sci. Bldg.)
Yoshihiko Matsumoto (University of Tokyo)
The second metric variation of the total $Q$-curvature in conformal geometry (JAPANESE)
[ Abstract ]
Branson's $Q$-curvature of even-dimensional compact conformal manifolds integrates to a global conformal invariant called the total $Q$-curvature. While it is topological in two dimensions and is essentially the Weyl action in four dimensions, in the higher dimensional cases its geometric meaning remains mysterious. Graham and Hirachi have shown that the first metric variation of the total $Q$-curvature coincides with the Fefferman-Graham obstruction tensor. In this talk, the second variational formula will be presented, and it will be made explicit especially for conformally Einstein manifolds. The positivity of the second variation will be discussed in connection with the smallest eigenvalue of the Lichnerowicz Laplacian.