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We discuss a number of topics in the area of conformally compact Einstein metrics, mostly centered around the global existence question of finding such metrics with an arbitrarily prescribed conformal infinity. The paper is partly a survey of this area but also presents new results and a number of open problems.

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We show that C^2 conformally compact Riemannian Einstein metrics have conformal compactifications that are smooth up to the boundary in dimension 3 and all even dimensions, and polyhomogeneous in odd dimensions greater than 3.

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In this paper, we investigate the behavior of the normalized Ricci flow on asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds. We show that the normalized Ricci flow exists globally and converges to an Einstein metric when starting from a non-degenerate and sufficiently Ricci pinched metric. More importantly we use maximum principles to establish the regularity of conformal compactness along the normalized Ricci flow including that of the limit metric at time infinity. Therefore we are able to recover the existence results in \cite{GL} \cite{Lee} \cite{Bi} of conformally compact Einstein metrics with conformal infinities which are perturbations of that of given non-degenerate conformally compact Einstein metrics.

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This article describes some geometric invariants and conformal anomalies for conformally compact Einstein manifolds and their minimal submanifolds which have recently been discovered via the Anti-de Sitter/Conformal Field Theory correspondence.

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We study boundary regularity for conformally compact Einstein metrics in even dimensions by generalizing the ideas of Michael Anderson. Our method of approach is to view the vanishing of the Ambient Obstruction tensor as an nth order system of equations for the components of a compactification of the given metric. This, together with boundary conditions that the compactification is shown to satisfy provide enough information to apply classical boundary regularity results. These results then provide local and global versions of finite boundary regularity for the components of the compactification.

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The main purpose of this monograph is to give an elementary and self-contained account of the existence of asymptotically hyperbolic Einstein metrics with prescribed conformal infinities sufficiently close to that of a given asymptotically hyperbolic Einstein metric with nonpositive curvature. The proof is based on an elementary derivation of sharp Fredholm theorems for self-adjoint geometric linear elliptic operators on asymptotically hyperbolic manifolds.

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In this paper we prove that given a smoothly conformally compact metric there is a short-time solution to the Ricci flow that remains smoothly conformally compact. We adapt recent results of Schn\"urer, Schulze and Simon to prove a stability result for conformally compact Einstein metrics sufficiently close to the hyperbolic metric.

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This paper considers the existence of conformally compact Einstein metrics on 4-manifolds. A reasonably complete understanding is obtained for the existence of such metrics with prescribed conformal infinity, when the conformal infinity is of positive scalar curvature. We find in particular that general solvability in this class depends on the topology of the filling manifold. The obstruction to solvability for arbitrary boundary values is also identified. While most of the paper concerns dimension 4, some general results on the structure of the space of such metrics hold in all dimensions.

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Let $R$ be a constant. Let $\mathcal{M}^R_\gamma$ be the space of smooth metrics $g$ on a given compact manifold $\Omega^n$ ($n\ge 3$) with smooth boundary $\Sigma $ such that $g$ has constant scalar curvature $R$ and $g|_{\Sigma}$ is a fixed metric $\gamma$ on $\Sigma$. Let $V(g)$ be the volume of $g\in\mathcal{M}^R_\gamma$. In this work, we classify all Einstein or conformally flat metrics which are critical points of $V(\cdot)$ in $\mathcal{M}^R_\gamma$.

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On a given compact complex manifold or orbifold $(M,J)$, we study the existence of Hermitian metrics $\tilde g$ in the conformal classes of K\"ahler metrics on $(M,J)$, such that the Ricci tensor of $\tilde g$ is of type $(1,1)$ with respect to the complex structure, and the scalar curvature of $\tilde g$ is constant. In real dimension $4$, such Hermitian metrics provide a Riemannian counter-part of the Einstein--Maxwell (EM) equations in general relativity, and have been recently studied in \cite{ambitoric1, LeB0, LeB, KTF}. We show how the existence problem of such Hermitian metrics (which we call in any dimension {\it conformally K\"ahler, EM} metrics) fits into a formal momentum map interpretation, analogous to results by Donaldson and Fujiki~\cite{donaldson, fujiki} in the cscK case. This leads to a suitable notion of a Futaki invariant which provides an obstruction to the existence of conformally K\"ahler, EM metrics invariant under a certain group of automorphisms which are associated to a given K\"ahler class, a real holomorphic vector field on $(M,J)$, and a positive normalization constant. Specializing to the toric case, we further define a suitable notion of $K$-polystability and show it provides a (stronger) necessary condition for the existence of toric, conformally K\"ahler, EM metrics. We use the methods of \cite{ambitoric2} to show that on a compact symplectic toric $4$-orbifold with second Betti number equal to $2$, $K$-polystability is also a sufficient condition for the existence of (toric) conformally K\"ahler, EM metrics, and the latter are explicitly described as ambitoric in the sense of \cite{ambitoric1}. As an application, we exhibit many new examples of conformally K\"ahler, EM metrics defined on compact $4$-orbifolds, and obtain a uniqueness result for the construction in \cite{LeB0}.