The local to global study of geometries was a major trend of 20th century geometry, with remarkable developments achieved particularly in Riemannian geometry.[ poster(pdf) ]
In contrast, in areas such as Lorentz geometry, familiar to us as the space-time of relativity theory, and more generally in pseudo-Riemannian geometry of general signature, surprising little is known about global properties of the geometry even if we impose a locally homogeneous structure.
Taking anti-de Sitter manifolds, which are locally modelled on AdS^n as an example, I plan to explain two programs:
1. (global shape) Exisitence problem of compact locally homogeneous spaces, and defomation theory.
2. (spectral analysis) Construction of the spectrum of the Laplacian, and its stability under the deformation of the geometric structure.
© Toshiyuki Kobayashi