Mathematical Research Letters
Volume 24 (2017)
Short-time persistence of bounded curvature under the Ricci flow
Pages: 427 – 447
We use a first-order energy quantity to prove a strengthened statement of uniqueness for the Ricci flow. One consequence of this statement is that if a complete solution on a noncompact manifold has uniformly bounded Ricci curvature, then its sectional curvature will remain bounded for a short time if it is bounded initially. In other words, the Weyl curvature tensor of a complete solution to the Ricci flow cannot become unbounded instantaneously if the Ricci curvature remains bounded.
Paper received on 30 July 2015.