Asymptotically cylindrical Calabi-Yau manifolds

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© 2015, International Press of Boston, Inc. All rights reserved. Let M be a complete Ricci-flat Kähler manifold with one end and assume that this end converges at an exponential rate to [0, ∞) x X for some compact connected Ricci-flat manifold X. We begin by proving general structure theorems for M; in particular we show that there is no loss of generality in assuming that M is simply-connected and irreducible with Hol(M) = SU(n), where n is the complex dimension of M. If n > 2 we then show that there exists a projective orbifold M¯ and a divisor D¯ ∈ |-KM¯| with torsion normal bundle such that M is biholomorphic to M¯ \ D¯, thereby settling a long-standing question of Yau in the asymptotically cylindrical setting. We give examples where M¯ is not smooth: the existence of such examples appears not to have been noticed previously. Conversely, for any such pair (M¯, D¯) we give a short and self-contained proof of the existence and uniqueness of exponentially asymptotically cylindrical Calabi-Yau metrics on M¯ \ D¯.








Mark Haskins

Professor of Mathematics

My research concerns problems at the intersection between Differential Geometry and Partial Differential Equations, particularly special geometric structures that arise in the context of holonomy in Riemannian geometry.

I am currently the Deputy Director of the Simons Collaboration Special Holonomy in Geometry, Analysis, and Physics. My colleague here at Duke, Robert Bryant, is the Collaboration Director and currently Chair of the Mathematics department.

Currently, I am particularly interested in special types of 7-dimensional spaces called G2-holonomy manifolds, or G2-manifolds for short. These spaces also arise naturally in modern theoretical physics in the 11-dimensional theory known as M theory. To get from 11 dimensions down to 4 dimensions it is necessary to 'compactify' on a 7-dimensional space and to preserve the maximal degree of (super)symmetry this 7-dimensional space should have G2-holonomy. In fact, realistic 4-dimensional physics appears to demand singular G2-holonomy spaces and trying to construct compact singular G2-holonomy spaces is one of my current research projects.

Manifolds with special holonomy also come equipped with special submanifolds, called calibrated submanifolds, and special connections on auxiliary vector bundles, called generalised instantons. I am particuarly interested in associative and coassociative submanifolds in G2-holonomy spaces and special Lagrangian submanifolds in Calabi-Yau spaces. In the past I have also studied singular special Lagrangian n-folds.

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