Global uniqueness of the minimal sphere in the Atiyah--Hitchin manifold

Chung-Jun Tsai

Department of Mathematics

National Taiwan University

cjtsai@ntu.edu.tw

In a hyper-Kahler 4-manifold, holomorphic curves are stable minimal surfaces. One may wonder whether those are all the stable minimal surfaces.Micallef gave an affirmative answer in many cases. However, this cannot be true in general. Micallef and Wolfson found that the minimal sphere in the Atiyah--Hitchin manifold is strictly stable, but cannot be holomorphic with respect to any compatible complex structure. The minimal sphere in the Atiyah--Hitchin manifold is conjectured to be quite rigid.

In this talk, we will first review the construction of the Atiyah--Hitchin manifold, and then explain the uniqueness of that minimal sphere. This is based on a joint work with Mu-Tao Wang.