Communications in Analysis and Geometry
Volume 30 (2022)
A semigroup approach to Finsler geometry: Bakry–Ledoux’s isoperimetric inequality
Pages: 2347 – 2387
We develop the celebrated semigroup approach à la Bakry et al. on Finsler manifolds, where natural Laplacian and heat semigroup are nonlinear, based on the Bochner–Weitzenböck formula established by Sturm and the author. We show the $L^1$-gradient estimate on Finsler manifolds (under some additional assumptions in the noncompact case), which is equivalent to a lower weighted Ricci curvature bound and the improved Bochner inequality. As a geometric application, we prove Bakry–Ledoux’s Gaussian isoperimetric inequality, again under some additional assumptions in the noncompact case. This extends Cavalletti–Mondino’s inequality on reversible Finsler manifolds to non-reversible metrics, and improves the author’s previous estimate, both based on the localization (also called needle decomposition) method.
This work was supported in part by JSPS Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (KAKENHI) 15K04844, 19H01786.
Received 19 September 2018
Accepted 1 July 2020
Published 29 September 2023