September 7, 2016
TITLE: The space of Kähler metrics on singular varieties
ABSTRACT: The geometry and topology of the space of Kähler metrics on a compact Kähler manifold is a classical subject, first systematically studied by Calabi in relation with the existence of extremal Kähler metrics. Mabuchi then proposed a Riemannian structure on the space of Kähler metrics under which it (formally) becomes a non-positively curved infinite dimensional space. Chen later proved that this is a metric space of non-positive curvature in the sense of Alexandrov; its metric completion was characterized only recently by Darvas.
In this talk we will talk about the extension of such a theory to the setting where the compact Kähler manifold is replaced by a compact singular normal Kähler space.
As one application we give an analytical criterion for the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics on certain mildly singular Fano varieties, an analogous to a criterion in the smooth case due to Darvas and Rubinstein. This is based on joint work with Vincent Guedj.