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The embeddability problem for deformations of the unit sphere in $\mathbb{C^2}$

Geometry/Topology

Speaker: Sean Curry, UC Davis
Location: 3106 MSB
Start time: Tue, Feb 18 2020, 3:10PM

Abstract deformations of the unit sphere in $\mathbb{C}^2$ are encoded by complex functions on the sphere $S^3$. In sharp contrast with the higher dimensional case, for deformations of $S^3$ the natural integrability condition is vacuous and generic abstract deformations are not embeddable even in $\mathbb{C}^N$ for any $N$. It is therefore a difficult problem to characterize when a complex function on $S^3$ gives rise to an actual deformation of $S^3$ inside $\mathbb{C}^2$. I will discuss some recent work in this direction; this is joint work with Peter Ebenfelt.