Recent Advances in the Theory of Holonomy
This article is a report on the status of the problem of classifying the irriducibly acting subgroups of GL(n,R) that can appear as the holonomy of a torsion-free affine connection. In particular, it contains an account of the completion of the classification of these groups by Chi, Merkulov, and Schwachhofer as well as of the exterior differential systems analysis that shows that all of these groups do, in fact, occur. Some discussion of the results of Joyce on the existence of compact examples with holonomy G_2 or Spin(7) is also included.
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Phillip Griffiths Professor of Mathematics
My research concerns problems in the geometric theory of partial differential equations. More specifically, I work on conservation laws for PDE, Finsler geometry, projective geometry, and Riemannian geometry, including calibrations and the theory of holonomy. Much of my work involves or develops techniques for studying systems of partial differential equations that arise in geometric problems. Because of their built-in invariance properties, these systems often have specia