The second twisted Betti number and the convergence of collapsing Riemannian manifolds

Fuquan Fang, Xiaochun Rong

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Abstract

Let MidGH X denote a sequence of n-manifolds converging to a compact metric space, X, in the Gromov-Hausdorff topology such that the sectional curvature is bounded in absolute value and dim(X) < n. We prove the following stability result: If the fundamental groups of Mi are torsion groups of uniformly bounded exponents and the second twisted Betti numbers of Mi vanish, then there is a manifold, M, and a sequence of diffeomorphisms from M to a subsequence of {Mi} such that the distance functions of the pullback metrics converge to a pseudo-metric in C0-norm. Furthermore, M admits a foliation with leaves diffeomorphic to flat manifolds (not necessarily compact) such that a vector is tangent to a leaf if and only if its norm converges to zero with respect to the pullback metrics. These results lead to a few interesting applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-109
Number of pages49
JournalInventiones Mathematicae
Volume150
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics

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