Title：Boundary operator associated to $\sigma_k$ curvature
Speaker： 王 一 （Johns Hopkins University）
Time：2019年6月10日 下午 15:00-16:00
Abstract：On a Riemannian manifold $(M, g)$, the $\sigma_k$ curvature is the $k$-th elementary symmetric function of the eigenvalues of the Schouten tensor $A_g$. It is known that the prescibing $\sigma_k$ curvature equation on a closed manifold without boundary is variational if k=1, 2 or $g$ is locally conformally flat; indeed, this problem can be studied by means of the energy $\int \sigma_k(A_g) dv_g$. We construct a natural boundary functional which, when added to this energy, yields as its critical points solutions of prescribing $\sigma_k$ curvature equations with general non-vanishing boundary data. Moreover, we prove that the new energy satisfies the Dirichlet principle. If time permits, I will also discuss applications of our methods. This is joint work with Jeffrey Case.