Prof. Dr. Christoph Böhm, Mathematisches Institut

Investigator in Mathematics Münster
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Mathematics Münster

B: Spaces and Operators
C: Models and Approximations

B1: Smooth, singular and rigid spaces in geometry
C4: Geometry-based modelling, approximation, and reduction
Current ProjectsDynamical systems and irregular gradient flows The central goal of this project is to study asymptotic properties for gradient flows (GFs) and related dynamical systems. In particular, we intend to establish a priori bounds and related regularity properties for solutions of GFs, we intend to study the behaviour of GFs near unstable critical regions, we intend to derive lower and upper bounds for attracting regions, and we intend to establish convergence speeds towards global attrators. Special attention will be given to GFs with irregularities (discontinuities) in the gradient and for such GFs we also intend to reveal sufficient conditions for existence, uniqueness, and flow properties in dependence of the given potential. We intend to accomplish the above goals by extending techniques and concepts from differential geometry to describe and study attracting and critical regions, by using tools from convex analysis such as subdifferentials and other generalized derivatives, as well as by employing concepts from real algebraic geometry to describe domains of attraction. In particular, we intend to generalize the center-stable manifold theorem from the theory of dynamical systems to the considered non-smooth setting. Beside finite dimensional GFs, we also study GFs in their associated infinite dimensional limits. The considered irregular GFs and related dynamical systems naturally arise, for example, in the context of molecular dynamics (to model the configuration of atoms along temporal evoluation) and machine learning (to model the training process of artificial neural networks).
CRC 1442: Geometry: Deformation and Rigidity - Geometric evolution equations Hamilton’s Ricci flow is a geometric evolution equation on the space of Riemannian metrics of a smooth manifold. In a first subproject we would like to show a differentiable stability result for noncollapsed converging sequences of Riemannian manifolds with nonnegative sectional curvature, generalising Perelman’s topological stability. In a second subproject, next to classifying homogeneous Ricci solitons on non-compact homogeneous spaces, we would like to prove the dynamical Alekseevskii conjecture. Finally, in a third subproject we would like to find new Ricci flow invariant curvature conditions, a starting point for introducing a Ricci flow with surgery in higher dimensions. online
EXC 2044 - B1: Smooth, singular and rigid spaces in geometry Many interesting classes of Riemannian manifolds are precompact in the Gromov-Hausdorfftopology. The closure of such a class usually contains singular metric spaces. Understanding thephenomena that occur when passing from the smooth to the singular object is often a first step toprove structure and finiteness results. In some instances one knows or expects to define a smoothRicci flow coming out of the singular objects. If one were to establishe uniqueness of the flow, thedifferentiable stability conjecture would follow. If a dimension drop occurs from the smooth to thesingular object, one often knows or expects that the collapse happens along singular Riemannianfoliations or orbits of isometric group actions.

Rigidity aspects of isometric group actions and singular foliations are another focus in this project.For example, we plan to establish rigidity of quasi-isometries of CAT(0) spaces, as well as rigidity oflimits of Type III Ricci flow solutions and of positively curved manifolds with low-dimensional torusactions.We will also investigate area-minimising hypersurfaces by means of a canonical conformal completionof the hypersurface away from its singular set. online
EXC 2044 - C4: Geometry-based modelling, approximation, and reduction In mathematical modelling and its application to the sciences, the notion of geometry enters in multiple related but different flavours: the geometry of the underlying space (in which e.g. data may be given), the geometry of patterns (as observed in experiments or solutions of corresponding mathematical models), or the geometry of domains (on which PDEs and their approximations act). We will develop analytical and numerical tools to understand, utilise and control geometry, also touching upon dynamically changing geometries and structural connections between different mathematical concepts, such as PDE solution manifolds, analysis of pattern formation, and geometry. online
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AddressProf. Dr. Christoph Böhm
Mathematisches Institut
Fachbereich Mathematik und Informatik der Universität Münster
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