Thursday, July 19, 2012

1207.4367 (J. M. Speight)

The adiabatic limit of wave map flow on a two torus    [PDF]

J. M. Speight
The two-sphere valued wave map flow on a Lorentzian domain R x Sigma, where Sigma is any flat two-torus, is studied. The Cauchy problem with initial data tangent to the moduli space of holomorphic maps Sigma -> S^2 is considered, in the limit of small initial velocity. It is proved that wave maps, in this limit, converge in a precise sense to geodesics in the moduli space of holomorphic maps, with respect to the L^2 metric. This establishes, in a rigorous setting, a long-standing informal conjecture of Ward.
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