2021 Summer Analysis on Metric Spaces Seminar
Friday, August 27, 2021 - 09:00 to 10:00
Professor Luca Capogna, Smith College
Title : CURVE SHRINKING FLOW IN CARNOT GROUPS
This is a preliminary report on a joint project with Enrico Le Donne (University of Fribourg, Switzerland). Motivated by the study of geodesics in sub-Riemannian geometry, we use techniques from Lie group geometryand Calculus of Variations to derive a system of PDE that describes the gradient flow of the length functional for horizontal (i.e. tangent to the first layer of the Lie algebra stratification) curves in a rank-two Carnot group of arbitrary step. Similarly to the Euclidean area-preserving curve shrinking flow, our PDE has a nonlocal term, which arises in view of the non-holonomic constraint, i.e. for each time the curve must be horizontal. We prove short time existence for the flow, if the initial data is a non-abnormal horizontal curve, and provide some indications of what happens in the abnormal case.