A gauge theoretic approach to Einstein 4manifolds.
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I will describe a new way to formulate Einsteinâs equations on
4manifolds, so that the independent variable is not a Riemannian metric, but instead an SO(3) connection on an auxiliary bundle.
The metric is then determined algebraically from the curvature of the connection. (This is reminiscent of the way that Maxwellâs
equations can be thought of as equations for a U(1)connection, whose curvature then gives the electromagnetic field.) This point
of view gives a new action principle for Einstein metrics, discovered by Krasnov, which is seemingly less problematic than the
EinsteinHilber action. It also reveals a link between Einstein 4manifolds and symplectic manifolds in dimension 6. Finally it
leads to some interesting open questions which I hope to have time to discuss.
This talk is part of the Mathematical Physics Seminar series.
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