K-stability for Kähler manifolds

11 Sep 2017

We formulate a notion of K-stability for Kähler manifolds, and prove one direction of the Yau–Tian–Donaldson conjecture in this setting. More precisely, we prove that the Mabuchi functional being bounded below (resp. coercive) implies K-semistability (resp. uniformly K-stable). In particular this shows that the existence of a constant scalar curvature Kähler metric implies K-semistability, and K-stability if one assumes the automorphism group is discrete. We also show how Stoppa’s argument holds in the Kähler case, giving a simpler proof of this K-stability statement.