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Mathematics  2011 

A renormalized Perelman-functional and a lower bound for the ADM-mass

DOI: 10.1016/j.geomphys.2011.06.016

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In the first part of this short article, we define a renormalized F-functional for perturbations of non-compact steady Ricci solitons. This functional motivates a stability inequality which plays an important role in questions concerning the regularity of Ricci-flat spaces and the non-uniqueness of the Ricci flow with conical initial data. In the second part, we define a geometric invariant lambda_AF for asymptotically flat manifolds with nonnegative scalar curvature. This invariant gives a quantitative lower bound for the ADM-mass from general relativity, motivates a Ricci flow proof of the rigidity statement in the positive mass theorem, and eventually leads to the discovery of a mass decreasing flow in dimension three.


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