Exterior differential systems, Lie algebra cohomology, and the rigidity of homogenous varieties

Joseph M. Landsberg



Abstract: These are expository notes from the 2008 SrnĂ­ Winter School. They have two purposes: (1) to give a quick introduction to exterior differential systems (EDS), which is a collection of techniques for determining local existence to systems of partial differential equations, and (2) to give an exposition of recent work (joint with C. Robles) on the study of the Fubini-Griffiths-Harris rigidity of rational homogeneous varieties, which also involves an advance in the EDS technology.

AMSclassification: primary 53A20; secondary 53C30, 14M17.

Keywords: projective rigidity, exterior differential systems, Lie algebra cohomology, homogeneous varieties.