Geometric flows and string theory
Dept. of Math. and Stat. Sciences, U. of Alberta.
Geometric flows such as the Ricci flow have been successfully used to resolve the Poincare and Thurston conjectures for 3-manifolds. In this talk, I will briefly introduce these flows and then describe how they arise in a completely different context, in string theory. I will then outline how recently developed techniques in Ricci flow could be used to address questions of interest in the physics of sigma models and string theory.