Finite extinction time for the solutions to the Ricci flow on certain
threemanifolds
Grisha Perelman,
2003.07.17
http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0307245
Let M be a closed oriented threemanifold, whose prime decomposition contains
no aspherical factors. We show that for any initial riemannian metric on M the
solution to the Ricci flow with surgery, defined in our previous paper
math.DG/0303109, becomes extinct in finite time. The proof uses a version of
the minimal disk argument from 1999 paper by Richard Hamilton, and a
regularization of the curve shortening flow, worked out by Altschuler and
Grayson.
