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Title:Immersions of Positively Curved Manifolds Into Manifolds With Curvature Bounded Above
Author(s):Menninga, Nadine Louise
Department / Program:Mathematics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This paper investigates the following questions. If a compact manifold, M, with positive sectional curvature is isometrically immersed in some ambient space, N, what is the radius of the smallest ball in which its image lies? Additionally, when can the knowledge that the image lies inside a ball of restricted size be used to conclude that the immersion is an imbedding whose image bounds a convex body in N?
The major results presented in this paper are the following theorems:
Theorem 1. Let M be a compact, connected Riemannian manifold of dimension m, m (GREATERTHEQ) 2, with K(M) (GREATERTHEQ) 1/c('2), where c is a positive constant. Let N be an n-dimensional Riemannian manifold such that (pi)c (LESSTHEQ) i(N) and K(N) ) N is an isometric immersion, then x(M) is contained in a metric ball of N with radius R 0 and simply connected space N of constant curvature less than 1/(4c('2)), there exists an M satisfying the above conditions and an immersion x: M (--->) M such that x(M) lies in no ball of radius 1/2(pi)c - (epsilon).
Theorem 2. Let M be a compact, connected, orientable, Riemannian manifold of dimension n-1, with n-1 (GREATERTHEQ) 2, and K(M) (GREATERTHEQ) 1/c('2), c is a positive constant. Let N be an n-dimensional Riemannian manifold such that (pi)c (LESSTHEQ) i(N) and K(N) ) N be an isometric immersion. Then x imbeds M into N as the boundary of a convex body.
In the above theorems K(N) is the sectional curvature function of the manifold N and i(N) is the injectivity radius of the manifold N.
Issue Date:1984
Description:40 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1984.
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8422134
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-16
Date Deposited:1984

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