The Linearized System for Isometric Embeddings and Its Characteristic Variety

PDE Seminar
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 15:05
1.5 hours (actually 80 minutes)
Skiles 255
University of Notre Dame
We prove a conjecture of Bryant, Griffiths, and Yang concerning the characteristic variety for the determined isometric embedding system. In particular, we show that the characteristic variety is not smooth for any dimension greater than 3. This is accomplished by introducing a smaller yet equivalent linearized system, in an appropriate way, which facilitates analysis of the characteristic variety.