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# Infinite dimensional geodesic flows and the universal Teichmüller space

The subject of this thesis lies in the intersection of differential geometry and functional analysis, a domain usually called global analysis. A central object in this work is the group Ds(M) of all orientation preserving diffeomorphisms of a compact manifold M with boundary. One of the main properties of this group is that it can be endowed with the structure of an infinite dimensional Hilbert manifold. The study of this object is motivated by the historical results obtained by Arnold [1966] and Ebin and Marsden [1970] in fluid mechanics. In Arnold [1966], it is shown that the motion of an incompressible fluid on a domain M can be formally described by a geodesic in the group Dμ(M) of all volume preserving diffeomorphisms of M, with respect to an L2 Riemannian metric associated to the kinetic energy of the fluid. The functional analytic study of this point of view was used in Ebin and Marsden [1970] in order to show that the Euler equations u̇ + ∇uu = - grad p, div u = 0, u || ∂M are well-posed in Sobolev spaces with sufficient regularity, for any compact manifold M with boundary. We describe below the main results of this thesis. In Chapter 2 we show that the n-dimensional Camassa-Holm equations ṁ + ∇um + ∇uTm + m div u = 0, m = (1 - α2∆)u are well-posed relative to Dirichlet, Navier-slip, or mixed boundary conditions. In order to obtain this result we use the remarkable fact that the associated Lagrangian motion describes a geodesic on a diffeomorphism group with respect to an H1 Riemannian metric. This allows us to use a method inspired from that of Ebin and Marsden [1970] for the Euler equations. The study of the analytic and geometric properties of Ds(M) is deeply related to results concerning the continuity of composition and multiplication in Sobolev spaces. In Chapter 3, we improve these results and obtain a theorem about the continuity of the multiplication and composition of functions below the critical exponent. This result will be used in a crucial way in Chapter 5. We study the classification of the coadjoint orbits of the Sobolev Bott-Virasoro group, for nonzero central charges. The Bott-Virasoro group is the unique nontrivial central extension of the group D(S1) of all diffeomorphisms of the circle. This group and its Lie algebra (the so called Virasoro algebra) appear in a natural way in different areas of physics and mathematics such as string theory or the Korteweg-de Vries equation. The classification of the Bott-Virasoro coadjoint orbits was carried out in Kirillov [1982], Witten [1988] et Balog, Fehér and Palla [1998] and others. In Chapter 4, we consider the completion of the Bott-Virasoro group with respect to a Sobolev topology and obtain a Hilbert manifold called the Sobolev Bott-Virasoro group. We determine the appropriate regularity assumption that allows an extension of the classification of the coadjoint orbits to the case of the Sobolev Bott-Virasoro, and show that the orbits are submanifolds of a Hilbert space. The universal Teichmüller space T (1), is traditionally endowed with a complex Banach manifold structure, a natural Riemannian metric called the Weil-Petersson metric, and a group structure. The last two structures are not compatible with the Banach manifold structure. Indeed, T (1) is not a topological group and the Weil-Petersson metric is only defined on a subset of the tangent bundle of T (1). This incompatibility problem is solved in Takhtajan and Teo [2006] by showing that T (1) can be endowed with a new complex Hilbert manifold structure compatible with the Weil-Petersson metric and making the connected component of the identity into a topological group. By the Beurling-Ahlfors extension theorem, T (1) can be identified with the group QS(S1)fix of all homeomorphisms of the circle fixing three points. In Chapter 5, we study the Hilbert manifold structure induced on QS(S1)fix and the regularity of the elements in the connected component of the identity. With respect to this structure, the group QS(S1)fix is a manifold modeled on the Sobolev space H3/2(S1) which is exactly the critical space for the study of the diffeomorphism group Ds(S1), s > 3/2. Using the strongness of the Weil-Petersson metric, we obtain global existence and uniqueness of the geodesics. This allows us to apply the Euler-Poincaré reduction process and to obtain the spatial representation of the geodesics, called the Euler-Weil-Petersson equation. We end this chapter by showing how these results can be applied in pattern recognition.

Keywords: Hilbert manifold ; diffeomorphism group ; universal Teichmüller space ; geodesic flow ; Bott-Virasoro group ; weak Riemannian metric ; Weil-Petersson metric ; Camassa-Holm equation ; Sobolev space ; variété Hilbertienne ; groupe de difféomorphismes ; espace de Teichmüller universel ; flot géodésique ; groupe de Bott-Virasoro ; métrique faiblement Riemannienne ; métrique de Weil-Petersson ; équation de Camassa-Holm ; espace de Sobolev

Thèse École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne EPFL, n° 4254 (2009)Programme doctoral Mathématiques

Faculté des sciences de base

Institut de mathématiques B

Chaire d'analyse géométrique

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