The harmonic map flow revisited

  • Peter Topping (University of Warwick)
G3 10 (Lecture hall)


The harmonic map flow is a gradient flow of the harmonic map energy, introduced by Eells and Sampson in 1964. I will describe an alternative gradient flow that tries to find minimal immersions rather than harmonic maps, and give an overview of the theory so far, including forthcoming work.

Joint work with Melanie Rupflin.

Katja Heid

Bernd Kirchheim

Universität Leipzig

Stephan Luckhaus

Universität Leipzig

Emanuele Spadaro

Max-Planck-Institut für Mathematik in den Naturwissenschaften