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Ricci curvature for metricmeasure spaces via optimal transport”, to appear
 Ann. of Math
"... Abstract. We define a notion of a measured length space X having nonnegative NRicci curvature, for N ∈ [1, ∞), or having ∞Ricci curvature bounded below by K, for K ∈ R. The definitions are in terms of the displacement convexity of certain functions on the associated Wasserstein metric space P2(X) ..."
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Abstract. We define a notion of a measured length space X having nonnegative NRicci curvature, for N ∈ [1, ∞), or having ∞Ricci curvature bounded below by K, for K ∈ R. The definitions are in terms of the displacement convexity of certain functions on the associated Wasserstein metric space P2(X) of probability measures. We show that these properties are preserved under measured GromovHausdorff limits. We give geometric and analytic consequences. This paper has dual goals. One goal is to extend results about optimal transport from the setting of smooth Riemannian manifolds to the setting of length spaces. A second goal is to use optimal transport to give a notion for a measured length space to have Ricci curvature bounded below. We refer to [10] and [41] for background material on length spaces and optimal transport, respectively. Further bibliographic notes on optimal transport are in Appendix G. In the present introduction we motivate the questions that we address and we state the main results. To start on the geometric side, there are various reasons to try to extend notions of curvature from smooth Riemannian manifolds to more general spaces. A fairly general
Contractions in the 2Wasserstein Length Space and Thermalization of Granular Media
, 2004
"... An algebraic decay rate is derived which bounds the time required for velocities to equilibrate in a spatially homogeneous flowthrough model representing the continuum limit of a gas of particles interacting through slightly inelastic collisions. This rate is obtained by reformulating the dynamical ..."
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An algebraic decay rate is derived which bounds the time required for velocities to equilibrate in a spatially homogeneous flowthrough model representing the continuum limit of a gas of particles interacting through slightly inelastic collisions. This rate is obtained by reformulating the dynamical problem as the gradient flow of a convex energy on an infinitedimensional manifold. An abstract theory is developed for gradient flows in length spaces, which shows how degenerate convexity (or even nonconvexity) — if uniformly controlled — will quantify contractivity (limit expansivity) of the flow.
Continuity, curvature, and the general covariance of optimal transportation
"... Abstract. Let M and ¯ M be ndimensional manifolds equipped with suitable Borel probability measures ρ and ¯ρ. For subdomains M and ¯ M of Rn, Ma, Trudinger & Wang gave sufficient conditions on a transportation cost c ∈ C4 (M × ¯ M) to guarantee smoothness of the optimal map pushing ρ forward to ¯ρ ..."
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Abstract. Let M and ¯ M be ndimensional manifolds equipped with suitable Borel probability measures ρ and ¯ρ. For subdomains M and ¯ M of Rn, Ma, Trudinger & Wang gave sufficient conditions on a transportation cost c ∈ C4 (M × ¯ M) to guarantee smoothness of the optimal map pushing ρ forward to ¯ρ; the necessity of these conditions was deduced by Loeper. The present manuscript shows the form of these conditions to be largely dictated by the covariance of the question; it expresses them via nonnegativity of the sectional curvature of certain nullplanes in a novel but natural pseudoRiemannian geometry which the cost c induces on the product space M × ¯ M. We also explore some connections between optimal transportation and spacelike Lagrangian submanifolds in symplectic geometry. Using the pseudoRiemannian structure, we extend Ma, Trudinger and Wang’s conditions to transportation costs on differentiable manifolds, and provide a direct elementary proof of a maximum principal characterizing it due to Loeper, relaxing his hypotheses even for subdomains M and ¯ M of Rn. This maximum principle plays a key role in Loeper’s Hölder continuity theory of optimal maps. Our proof allows his theory to be made logically independent of all earlier works, and sets the stage for extending it to new global settings, such as general submersions and tensor products of the specific Riemannian manifolds he considered. 1.
Blowup in multidimensional aggregation equations with mildly singular interaction kernels
 Nonlinearity
, 2009
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Globalintime weak measure solutions and finitetime aggregation for nonlocal interaction equations
"... Abstract. In this paper, we provide a wellposedness theory for weak measure solutions of the Cauchy problem for a family of nonlocal interaction equations. These equations are continuum models for interacting particle systems with attractive/repulsive pairwise interaction potentials. The main pheno ..."
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Abstract. In this paper, we provide a wellposedness theory for weak measure solutions of the Cauchy problem for a family of nonlocal interaction equations. These equations are continuum models for interacting particle systems with attractive/repulsive pairwise interaction potentials. The main phenomenon of interest is that, even with smooth initial data, the solutions can concentrate mass in finite time. We develop an existence theory that enables one to go beyond the blowup time in classical norms and allows for solutions to form atomic parts of the measure in finite time. The weak measure solutions are shown to be unique and exist globally in time. Moreover, in the case of sufficiently attractive potentials, we show the finite time total collapse of the solution onto a single point, for compactly supported initial measures. Finally, we give conditions on compensation between the attraction at large distances and local repulsion of the potentials to have globalintime confined systems for compactly supported initial data. Our approach is based on the theory of gradient flows in the space of probability measures endowed with the Wasserstein metric. In addition to classical tools, we exploit the stability of the flow with respect to the transportation distance to greatly simplify many problems by reducing them to questions about particle approximations. 1.
Image cartoontexture decomposition and feature selection using the total variation regularized L 1 functional
, 2006
"... Abstract. This paper studies the model of minimizing total variation with an L 1norm fidelity term for decomposing a real image into the sum of cartoon and texture. This model is also analyzed and shown to be able to select features of an image according to their scales. 1 ..."
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Abstract. This paper studies the model of minimizing total variation with an L 1norm fidelity term for decomposing a real image into the sum of cartoon and texture. This model is also analyzed and shown to be able to select features of an image according to their scales. 1
On the inviscid limit of a model for crack propagation
 MATH. MODELS METH. APPL. SCI.
, 2007
"... We study the evolution of a single crack in an elastic body and assume that the crack path is known in advance. The motion of the crack tip is modeled as a rateindependent process on the basis of Griffith’s local energy release rate criterion. According to this criterion, the system may stay in a l ..."
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We study the evolution of a single crack in an elastic body and assume that the crack path is known in advance. The motion of the crack tip is modeled as a rateindependent process on the basis of Griffith’s local energy release rate criterion. According to this criterion, the system may stay in a local minimum before it performs a jump. The goal of this paper is to prove existence of such an evolution and to shed light on the discrepancy between the local energy release rate criterion and models which are based on a global stability criterion (as for example the Francfort/Marigo model). We construct solutions to the local model via the vanishing viscosity method and compare different notions of weak, local and global solutions.
Optimal transport and Perelman’s reduced volume
, 2008
"... We show that a certain entropylike function is convex, under an optimal transport problem that is adapted to Ricci flow. We use this to reprove the monotonicity of Perelman’s reduced volume. ..."
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We show that a certain entropylike function is convex, under an optimal transport problem that is adapted to Ricci flow. We use this to reprove the monotonicity of Perelman’s reduced volume.
Functional inequalities, thick tails and asymptotics for the critical mass PatlakKellerSegel model, preprint
"... We investigate the long time behavior of the critical mass PatlakKellerSegel equation. This equation has a one parameter family of steadystate solutions λ, λ> 0, with thick tails whose second moment is not bounded. We show that these steady state solutions are stable, and find basins of attractio ..."
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We investigate the long time behavior of the critical mass PatlakKellerSegel equation. This equation has a one parameter family of steadystate solutions λ, λ> 0, with thick tails whose second moment is not bounded. We show that these steady state solutions are stable, and find basins of attraction for them using an entropy functional Hλ coming from the critical fast diffusion equation in R 2. We construct solutions of PatlakKellerSegel equation satisfying an entropyentropy dissipation inequality for Hλ. While the entropy dissipation for Hλ is strictly positive, it turns out to be a difference of two terms, neither of which need to be small when the dissipation is small. We introduce a strategy of controlled concentration to deal with this issue, and then use the regularity obtained from the entropyentropy dissipation inequality to prove the existence of basins of attraction for each stationary state composed by certain initial data converging towards λ. In the present paper, we do not provide any estimate of the rate of convergence, but we discuss how this would result from a stability result for a certain sharp GagliardoNirenbergSobolev inequality.
A new class of transport distances between measures
 Calc. Var. Partial Differential Equations
"... Abstract We introduce a new class of distances between nonnegative Radon measures in Rd. They are modeled on the dynamical characterization of the KantorovichRubinsteinWasserstein distances proposed by BENAMOUBRENIER [7] and provide a wide family inSobolev distances. From the point of view of o ..."
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Abstract We introduce a new class of distances between nonnegative Radon measures in Rd. They are modeled on the dynamical characterization of the KantorovichRubinsteinWasserstein distances proposed by BENAMOUBRENIER [7] and provide a wide family inSobolev distances. From the point of view of optimal transport theory, these distances minimize a dynamical cost to move a given initial distribution of mass to a final configuration. An important difference with the classical setting in mass transport theory is that the cost not only depends on the velocity of the moving particles but also on the densities of the intermediate configurations with respect to a given reference measure γ. We study the topological and geometric properties of these new distances, comparing them with the notion of weak convergence of measures and the well established KantorovichRubinsteinWasserstein theory. An example of possible applications to the geometric theory of gradient flows is also given. terpolating between the Wasserstein and the homogeneous W −1,p γ