Anna Siffert

Publications


1. An infinite family of homogeneous polynomial self-maps of spheres, Manuscripta Mathematica, 2014, Volume 144, Issue 1-2, pp. 303-309.
Abstract

We provide an infinite family of homogeneous polynomial self-maps of spheres. Furthermore, we identify the gradient map of the Cartan-Münzner polynomial as a member of this infinite family and thus supply it with a geometric meaning.

2. Classification of isoparametric hypersurfaces in spheres with (g,m)=(6,1). Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 144 (2016), 2217-2230, arXiv: 1503.04482.
Abstract

We classify the isospectral families $L(t)=\cos(t)L_0+\sin(t)L_1\in\mbox{Sym}(5,\mathbb{R})$, $t\in\mathbb{R}$, with $L_0=\mbox{diag}(\sqrt{3},1/\sqrt{3},0,-1/\sqrt{3},-\sqrt{3})$. Using this result we provide a classification of isoparametric hypersurfaces in spheres with $(g,m)=(6,1)$ and thereby give a simplified proof of the fact that any isoparametric hypersurface with $(g,m)=(6,1)$ is homogeneous. This result was first proven by Dorfmeister and Neher.

3. A new structural approach to isoparametric hypersurfaces in spheres. Accepted for publication, arXiv:1410.6206.
Abstract

The classification of isoparametric hypersurfaces in spheres with four or six different principal curvatures is still not complete. In this paper we develop a structural approach that may be helpful for a classification. Instead of working with the isoparametric hypersurface family in the sphere, we consider the associated Lagrangian submanifold of the real Grassmannian of oriented 2-planes in $\mathbb{R}^{n+2}$. We obtain new geometric insights into classical invariants and identities in terms of the geometry of the Lagrangian submanifold.

4. Infinitely many new infinite families of harmonic maps between spheres. Journal of Differential Equations 260 (2016), pp. 2898-2925, arXiv: 1501.06157.
Abstract

For each of the spheres $\mathbb{S}^{n}$, $n\geq 5$, we construct a new infinite family of harmonic self-maps, and prove that their members have Brouwer degree $\pm1$ or $\pm3$. These self-maps are obtained by solving a singular boundary value problem. As an application we show that for each of the special orthogonal groups $\mathbb{SO}(4),\mathbb{SO}(5),\mathbb{SO}(6)$ and $\mathbb{SO}(7)$ there exists two infinite families of harmonic self-maps.

5. Harmonic self-maps of SU(3). To appear in Journal of Geometric Analysis, arXiv: 1512.07002.
Abstract

By constructing solutions of a singular boundary value problem we prove the existence of a countably infinite family of harmonic self-maps of $\mbox{SU}(3)$ with non-trivial, i.e. $\ne 0,±1$, Brouwer degree.

6. New equivariant harmonic maps between cohomogeneity one manifolds, joint work with Thomas Püttmann. Submitted, arXiv: 1608.08669.
Abstract

We develop the theory of equivariant harmonic self-maps of compact cohomogeneity one manifolds and construct new harmonic self-maps of the compact Lie groups $\mathrm{SO}(4\ell+2)$, $\ell \ge 1$ with degree $-3$, of $\mathrm{SO}(8)$, $\mathrm{SO}(14)$ and $\mathrm{SO}(26)$ with degree $-5$ each, of $\mathrm{SO}(10)$ with degree $-7$, and of $\mathrm{SO}(14)$ with degree $-11$ by exhibiting linear solutions to non-linear singular boundary value problems.

7. Existence of metrics maximizing the first eigenvalue on closed surfaces, joint work with Henrik Matthiesen. Submitted, arXiv: 1703.01264.
Abstract

We prove that for closed surfaces of fixed topological type, orientable or non-orientable, there exists a unit volume metric, smooth away from finitely many conical singularities, that maximizes the first eigenvalue of the Laplace operator among all unit volume metrics. The key ingredient are several monotonicity results, which have partially been conjectured to hold before.

8. Alexandrov Spaces with Integral Current Structure, joint work with Maree Jaramillo, Raquel Perales, Priyanka Rajan, Catherine Searle. Submitted, arXiv: 1703.08195.
Abstract

We endow each closed, orientable Alexandrov space $(X,d)$ with an integral current structure $T$ of weight equal to 1 and $\partial T = 0$, in other words, we prove that $(X,d,T)$ is an integral current space. Combining this result with a result of Li and Perales, we show that non-collapsing sequences of these spaces with uniform lower curvature and diameter bounds admit subsequences whose Gromov-Hausdorff and intrinsic flat limits agree.

9. A Dirichlet problem on balls and harmonic maps into spheres. Submitted, arXiv: 1709.02155.
Abstract

We provide infinitely many solutions of a Dirichlet problem on balls. Furthermore, we show the existence of infinitely many new smooth harmonic maps between spheres with nontrivial (i.e. not $0$ or $\pm 1$) degree.