The mass of Riemannian manifolds 13:10 Fri 1 Jun, 2018 :: Barr Smith South Polygon Lecture theatre :: Matthias Ludewig :: MPIM Bonn
We will define the mass of differential operators L on compact Riemannian manifolds. In odd dimensions, if L is a conformally covariant differential operator, then its mass is also conformally covariant, while in even dimensions, one has a more complicated transformation rule. In the special case that L is the Yamabe operator, its mass is related to the ADM mass of an associated asymptotically flat spacetime. In particular, one expects positive mass theorems in various settings. Here we highlight some recent results.