Introductions to convex sets in CAT(0) space

Geometry Topology Seminar Pre-talk
Monday, September 11, 2023 - 12:45pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Mohammad Ghomi – Georgia Tech
John Etnyre

A CAT(0) space is a geodesic metric space where triangles are thinner than comparison triangles in a Euclidean plane. Prime examples of CAT(0) spaces are Cartan-Hadamard manifolds: complete simply connected Riemannian spaces with nonpositive curvature, which include Euclidean and Hyperbolic space as special cases. The triangle condition ensures that every pair of points in a CAT(0) space can be connected by a unique geodesic. A subset of a CAT(0) space is convex if it contains the geodesic connecting every pair of its points. We will give a quick survey of classical results in differential geometry on characterization of convex sets, such the theorems of Hadamard and  of Chern-Lashof, and also cover other background from the theory of CAT(0) spaces and Alexandrov geometry, including the rigidity theorem of Greene-Wu-Gromov, which will lead to the new results in the second talk.