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Nonnegative scalar curvature and area decreasing maps on complete foliated manifolds

By Guangxiang Su

Let $(M,g^{TM})$ be a noncompact complete Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$, and $F\subseteq TM$ be an integrable subbundle of $TM$. Let $g^F=g^{TM}|_{F}$ be the restricted metric on $F$ and $k^F$ be the associated leafwise scalar curvature. Let $f:M\to S^n(1)$ be a smooth area decreasing map along $F$, which is locally constant near infinity and of non-zero degree. We show that if $k^F> {\rm rk}(F)({\rm rk}(F)-1)$ on the support of ${\rm d}f$, and either $TM$ or $F$ is spin, then $\inf (k^F)<0$. As a consequence, we prove Gromov's sharp foliated $\otimes_\varepsilon$-twisting conjecture. Using the same method, we also extend two famous non-existence results due to Gromov and Lawson about $\Lambda^2$-enlargeable metrics (and/or manifolds) to the foliated case. This is a joint work with Xiangsheng Wang and Weiping Zhang.

Information about the video

  • Date of recording 08/04/2022
  • Date of publication 21/04/2022
  • Institution IHES
  • Language English
  • Audience Researchers
  • Format MP4

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