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Parallel transport on non-collapsed $\mathsfRCD(K,N)$ spaces

TitleParallel transport on non-collapsed $\mathsfRCD(K,N)$ spaces
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsCaputo, E, Gigli, N, Pasqualetto, E

We provide a general theory for parallel transport on non-collapsed RCD spaces obtaining both existence and uniqueness results. Our theory covers the case of geodesics and, more generally, of curves obtained via the flow of sufficiently regular time dependent vector fields: the price that we pay for this generality is that we cannot study parallel transport along a single such curve, but only along almost all of these (in a sense related to the notions of Sobolev vector calculus and Regular Lagrangian Flow in the nonsmooth setting).The class of ncRCD spaces contains finite dimensional Alexandrov spaces with curvature bounded from below, thus our construction provides a way of speaking about parallel transport in this latter setting alternative to the one proposed by Petrunin (1998). The precise relation between the two approaches is yet to be understood.

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