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Functional inequalities on path space of sub-Riemannian manifolds and applications Cheng, Li Juan ; ; Thalmaier, Anton in Nonlinear Analysis (2021), 210(112387), 1-30 We consider the path space of a manifold with a measure induced by a stochastic flow with an infinitesimal generator that is hypoelliptic, but not elliptic. These generators can be seen as sub-Laplacians ... [more ▼] We consider the path space of a manifold with a measure induced by a stochastic flow with an infinitesimal generator that is hypoelliptic, but not elliptic. These generators can be seen as sub-Laplacians of a sub-Riemannian structure with a chosen complement. We introduce a concept of gradient for cylindrical functionals on path space in such a way that the gradient operators are closable in L^2. With this structure in place, we show that a bound on horizontal Ricci curvature is equivalent to several inequalities for functions on path space, such as a gradient inequality, log-Sobolev inequality and Poincaré inequality. As a consequence, we also obtain a bound for the spectral gap of the Ornstein-Uhlenbeck operator. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 107 (28 UL)Exponential contraction in Wasserstein distance on static and evolving manifolds Cheng, Li Juan ; Thalmaier, Anton ; in Revue Roumaine de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées (2021), 66(1), 107-129 In this article, exponential contraction in Wasserstein distance for heat semigroups of diffusion processes on Riemannian manifolds is established under curvature conditions where Ricci curvature is not ... [more ▼] In this article, exponential contraction in Wasserstein distance for heat semigroups of diffusion processes on Riemannian manifolds is established under curvature conditions where Ricci curvature is not necessarily required to be non-negative. Compared to the results of Wang (2016), we focus on explicit estimates for the exponential contraction rate. Moreover, we show that our results extend to manifolds evolving under a geometric flow. As application, for the time-inhomogeneous semigroups, we obtain a gradient estimate with an exponential contraction rate under weak curvature conditions, as well as uniqueness of the corresponding evolution system of measures. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 146 (33 UL)Dimension-free Harnack inequalities for conjugate heat equations and their applications to geometric flows ; Thalmaier, Anton E-print/Working paper (2020) Let M be a differentiable manifold endowed with a family of complete Riemannian metrics g(t) evolving under a geometric flow over the time interval [0,T[. In this article, we give a probabilistic ... [more ▼] Let M be a differentiable manifold endowed with a family of complete Riemannian metrics g(t) evolving under a geometric flow over the time interval [0,T[. In this article, we give a probabilistic representation for the derivative of the corresponding conjugate semigroup on M which is generated by a Schrödinger type operator. With the help of this derivative formula, we derive fundamental Harnack type inequalities in the setting of evolving Riemannian manifolds. In particular, we establish a dimension-free Harnack inequality and show how it can be used to achieve heat kernel upper bounds in the setting of moving metrics. Moreover, by means of the supercontractivity of the conjugate semigroup, we obtain a family of canonical log-Sobolev inequalities. We discuss and apply these results both in the case of the so-called modified Ricci flow and in the case of general geometric flows. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 57 (1 UL)Gradient Estimates on Dirichlet and Neumann Eigenfunctions ; Thalmaier, Anton ; in International Mathematics Research Notices (2020), 2020(20), 7279-7305 By methods of stochastic analysis on Riemannian manifolds, we derive explicit two-sided gradient estimates for Dirichlet eigenfunctions on a d-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold D with boundary ... [more ▼] By methods of stochastic analysis on Riemannian manifolds, we derive explicit two-sided gradient estimates for Dirichlet eigenfunctions on a d-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold D with boundary. Corresponding two-sided gradient estimates for Neumann eigenfunctions are derived in the second part of the paper. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 570 (112 UL)Radial processes for sub-Riemannian Brownian motions and applications ; ; et al in Electronic Journal of Probability (2020), 25(paper no. 97), 1-17 We study the radial part of sub-Riemannian Brownian motion in the context of totally geodesic foliations. Itô's formula is proved for the radial processes associated to Riemannian distances approximating ... [more ▼] We study the radial part of sub-Riemannian Brownian motion in the context of totally geodesic foliations. Itô's formula is proved for the radial processes associated to Riemannian distances approximating the Riemannian one. We deduce very general stochastic completeness criteria for the sub-Riemannian Brownian motion. In the context of Sasakian foliations and H-type groups, one can push the analysis further, and taking advantage of the recently proved sub-Laplacian comparison theorems one can compare the radial processes for the sub-Riemannian distance to one-dimensional model diffusions. As a geometric application, we prove Cheng's type estimates for the Dirichlet eigenvalues of the sub-Riemannian metric balls, a result which seems to be new even in the Heisenberg group. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 179 (22 UL)Scattering theory without injectivity radius assumptions, and spectral stability for the Ricci flow ; Thalmaier, Anton in Annales de l'Institut Fourier (2020), 70(1), 437-456 We prove a new integral criterion for the existence and completeness of the wave operators W_{\pm}(-\Delta_h,-\Delta_g, I_{g,h}) corresponding to the (unique self-adjoint realizations of) the Laplace ... [more ▼] We prove a new integral criterion for the existence and completeness of the wave operators W_{\pm}(-\Delta_h,-\Delta_g, I_{g,h}) corresponding to the (unique self-adjoint realizations of) the Laplace-Beltrami operators -\Delta_j, j=g,h, that are induced by two quasi-isometric complete Riemannian metrics g and h on an open manifold M. In particular, this result provides a criterion for the absolutely continuous spectra of -\Delta_g and -\Delta_h to coincide. Our proof relies on estimates that are obtained using a probabilistic Bismut type formula for the gradient of a heat semigroup. Unlike all previous results, our integral criterion only requires some lower control on the Ricci curvatures and some upper control on the heat kernels, but no control at all on the injectivity radii. As a consequence, we obtain a stability result for the absolutely continuous spectrum under a Ricci flow. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 226 (46 UL)Exponential integrability and exit times of diffusions on sub-Riemannian and metric measure spaces Thompson, James ; Thalmaier, Anton in Bernoulli (2020), 26(3), 2202-2225 In this article we derive moment estimates, exponential integrability, concentration inequalities and exit times estimates for canonical diffusions in two settings each beyond the scope of Riemannian ... [more ▼] In this article we derive moment estimates, exponential integrability, concentration inequalities and exit times estimates for canonical diffusions in two settings each beyond the scope of Riemannian geometry. Firstly, we consider sub-Riemannian limits of Riemannian foliations. Secondly, we consider the non-smooth setting of RCD*(K,N) spaces. In each case the necessary ingredients are an Ito formula and a comparison theorem for the Laplacian, for which we refer to the recent literature. As an application, we derive pointwise Carmona-type estimates on eigenfunctions of Schrodinger operators. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 192 (44 UL)Stochastic completeness and gradient representations for sub-Riemannian manifolds ; Thalmaier, Anton in Potential Analysis (2019), 51(2), 219-254 Given a second order partial differential operator L satisfying the strong Hörmander condition with corresponding heat semigroup P_t, we give two different stochastic representations of dP_t f for a ... [more ▼] Given a second order partial differential operator L satisfying the strong Hörmander condition with corresponding heat semigroup P_t, we give two different stochastic representations of dP_t f for a bounded smooth function f. We show that the first identity can be used to prove infinite lifetime of a diffusion of L/2, while the second one is used to find an explicit pointwise bound for the horizontal gradient on a Carnot group. In both cases, the underlying idea is to consider the interplay between sub-Riemannian geometry and connections compatible with this geometry. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 280 (53 UL)Sub-Laplacian comparison theorems on totally geodesic Riemannian foliations ; ; et al in Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations (2019), 58:130(4), 1-38 We develop a variational theory of geodesics for the canonical variation of the metric of a totally geodesic foliation. As a consequence, we obtain comparison theorems for the horizontal and vertical ... [more ▼] We develop a variational theory of geodesics for the canonical variation of the metric of a totally geodesic foliation. As a consequence, we obtain comparison theorems for the horizontal and vertical Laplacians. In the case of Sasakian foliations, we show that sharp horizontal and vertical comparison theorems for the sub-Riemannian distance may be obtained as a limit of horizontal and vertical comparison theorems for the Riemannian distances approximations. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 267 (52 UL)Derivative and divergence formulae for diffusion semigroups Thalmaier, Anton ; Thompson, James in Annals of Probability (2019), 47(2), 743-773 Detailed reference viewed: 476 (109 UL)Uniform gradient estimates on manifolds with a boundary and applications Cheng, Li Juan ; Thalmaier, Anton ; Thompson, James in Analysis and Mathematical Physics (2018), 8(4), 571-588 We revisit the problem of obtaining uniform gradient estimates for Dirichlet and Neumann heat semigroups on Riemannian manifolds with boundary. As applications, we obtain isoperimetric inequalities, using ... [more ▼] We revisit the problem of obtaining uniform gradient estimates for Dirichlet and Neumann heat semigroups on Riemannian manifolds with boundary. As applications, we obtain isoperimetric inequalities, using Ledoux's argument, and uniform quantitative gradient estimates, firstly for bounded C^2 functions with boundary conditions and then for the unit spectral projection operators of Dirichlet and Neumann Laplacians. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 235 (65 UL)Functional inequalities on manifolds with non-convex boundary Cheng, Li Juan ; Thalmaier, Anton ; Thompson, James in Science China Mathematics (2018), 61(8), 1421-1436 In this article, new curvature conditions are introduced to establish functional inequalities including gradient estimates, Harnack inequalities and transportation-cost inequalities on manifolds with non ... [more ▼] In this article, new curvature conditions are introduced to establish functional inequalities including gradient estimates, Harnack inequalities and transportation-cost inequalities on manifolds with non-convex boundary. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 246 (41 UL)Quantitative C1-estimates by Bismut formulae Cheng, Li Juan ; Thalmaier, Anton ; Thompson, James in Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications (2018), 465(2), 803-813 For a C2 function u and an elliptic operator L, we prove a quantitative estimate for the derivative du in terms of local bounds on u and Lu. An integral version of this estimate is then used to derive a ... [more ▼] For a C2 function u and an elliptic operator L, we prove a quantitative estimate for the derivative du in terms of local bounds on u and Lu. An integral version of this estimate is then used to derive a condition for the zero-mean value property of Δu. An extension to differential forms is also given. Our approach is probabilistic and could easily be adapted to other settings. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 331 (65 UL)Evolution systems of measures and semigroup properties on evolving manifolds Cheng, Li Juan ; Thalmaier, Anton in Electronic Journal of Probability (2018), 23(20), 1-27 An evolving Riemannian manifold (M,g_t)_{t\in I} consists of a smooth d-dimensional manifold M, equipped with a geometric flow g_t of complete Riemannian metrics, parametrized by I=(-\infty,T). Given an ... [more ▼] An evolving Riemannian manifold (M,g_t)_{t\in I} consists of a smooth d-dimensional manifold M, equipped with a geometric flow g_t of complete Riemannian metrics, parametrized by I=(-\infty,T). Given an additional C^{1,1} family of vector fields (Z_t)_{t\in I} on M. We study the family of operators L_t=\Delta_t +Z_t where \Delta_t denotes the Laplacian with respect to the metric g_t. We first give sufficient conditions, in terms of space-time Lyapunov functions, for non-explosion of the diffusion generated by L_t, and for existence of evolution systems of probability measures associated to it. Coupling methods are used to establish uniqueness of the evolution systems under suitable curvature conditions. Adopting such a unique system of probability measures as reference measures, we characterize supercontractivity, hypercontractivity and ultraboundedness of the corresponding time-inhomogeneous semigroup. To this end, gradient estimates and a family of (super-)logarithmic Sobolev inequalities are established. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 334 (66 UL)Spectral gap on Riemannian path space over static and evolving manifolds Cheng, Li Juan ; Thalmaier, Anton in Journal of Functional Analysis (2018), 274(4), 959-984 In this article, we continue the discussion of Fang–Wu (2015) to estimate the spectral gap of the Ornstein–Uhlenbeck operator on path space over a Riemannian manifold of pinched Ricci curvature. Along ... [more ▼] In this article, we continue the discussion of Fang–Wu (2015) to estimate the spectral gap of the Ornstein–Uhlenbeck operator on path space over a Riemannian manifold of pinched Ricci curvature. Along with explicit estimates we study the short-time asymptotics of the spectral gap. The results are then extended to the path space of Riemannian manifolds evolving under a geometric flow. Our paper is strongly motivated by Naber’s recent work (2015) on characterizing bounded Ricci curvature through stochastic analysis on path space. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 324 (42 UL)Characterization of pinched Ricci curvature by functional inequalities Cheng, Li Juan ; Thalmaier, Anton in Journal of Geometric Analysis (The) (2018), 28(3), 2312-2345 In this article, functional inequalities for diffusion semigroups on Riemannian manifolds (possibly with boundary) are established, which are equivalent to pinched Ricci curvature, along with gradient ... [more ▼] In this article, functional inequalities for diffusion semigroups on Riemannian manifolds (possibly with boundary) are established, which are equivalent to pinched Ricci curvature, along with gradient estimates, L^p-inequalities and log-Sobolev inequalities. These results are further extended to differential manifolds carrying geometric flows. As application, it is shown that they can be used in particular to characterize general geometric flow and Ricci flow by functional inequalities. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 354 (53 UL)Curvature-dimension inequalities on sub-Riemannian manifolds obtained from Riemannian foliations: Part II Grong, Erlend ; Thalmaier, Anton in Mathematische Zeitschrift (2016), 282(1), 131-164 Using the curvature-dimension inequality proved in Part I, we look at consequences of this inequality in terms of the interaction between the sub-Riemannian geometry and the heat semi-group P_t ... [more ▼] Using the curvature-dimension inequality proved in Part I, we look at consequences of this inequality in terms of the interaction between the sub-Riemannian geometry and the heat semi-group P_t corresponding to the sub-Laplacian. We give bounds for the gradient, entropy, a Poincaré inequality and a Li-Yau type inequality. These results require that the gradient of P_t f remains uniformly bounded whenever the gradient of f is bounded and we give several sufficient conditions for this to hold. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 310 (33 UL)Geometry of subelliptic diffusions Thalmaier, Anton in Barilari, Davide; Boscain, Ugo; Sigalotti, Mario (Eds.) Geometry, Analysis and Dynamics on sub-Riemannian Manifolds. Volume II (2016) The lectures focus on some probabilistic aspects related to sub-Riemannian geometry. The main intention is to give an introduction to hypoelliptic and subelliptic diffusions. The notes are written from a ... [more ▼] The lectures focus on some probabilistic aspects related to sub-Riemannian geometry. The main intention is to give an introduction to hypoelliptic and subelliptic diffusions. The notes are written from a geometric point of view trying to minimize the weight of ``probabilistic baggage'' necessary to follow the arguments. We discuss in particular the following topics: stochastic flows to second order differential operators; smoothness of transition probabilities under Hörmander's brackets condition; control theory and Stroock-Varadhan's support theorems; Malliavin calculus; Hörmander's theorem. The notes start from well-known facts in Geometric Stochastic Analysis and guide to recent on-going research topics, like hypoelliptic heat kernel estimates; gradient estimates and Harnack type inequalities for subelliptic diffusion semigroups; notions of curvature related to sub-Riemannian diffusions. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 1411 (75 UL)Curvature-dimension inequalities on sub-Riemannian manifolds obtained from Riemannian foliations: Part I Grong, Erlend ; Thalmaier, Anton in Mathematische Zeitschrift (2016), 282(1), 99-130 We give a generalized curvature-dimension inequality connecting the geometry of sub-Riemannian manifolds with the properties of its sub-Laplacian. This inequality is valid on a large class of sub ... [more ▼] We give a generalized curvature-dimension inequality connecting the geometry of sub-Riemannian manifolds with the properties of its sub-Laplacian. This inequality is valid on a large class of sub-Riemannian manifolds obtained from Riemannian foliations. We give a geometric interpretation of the invariants involved in the inequality. Using this inequality, we obtain a lower bound for the eigenvalues of the sub-Laplacian. This inequality also lays the foundation for proving several powerful results in Part II. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 345 (57 UL)On gradient solitons of the Ricci-Harmonic flow ; Philipowski, Robert ; Thalmaier, Anton in Acta Mathematica Sinica (2015), 31(11), 1798-1804 In this paper we study gradient solitons to the Ricci flow coupled with harmonic map heat flow. We derive new identities on solitons similar to those on gradient solitons of the Ricci flow. When the ... [more ▼] In this paper we study gradient solitons to the Ricci flow coupled with harmonic map heat flow. We derive new identities on solitons similar to those on gradient solitons of the Ricci flow. When the soliton is compact, we get a classification result. We also discuss the relation with quasi-Einstein manifolds. [less ▲] Detailed reference viewed: 419 (47 UL) |
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