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Totally geodesic foliations on $ 3$-manifolds

Authors: David L. Johnson and Lee B. Whitt
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 76 (1979), 355-357
MSC: Primary 57R30
MathSciNet review: 537106
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Abstract: If M is a compact 3-manifold, it is known that M can be foliated by 2-manifolds. Topological obstructions are given to the geodesibility of such a foliation $ \mathcal{F}$; that is, to the existence of a Riemannian metric on M making each leaf a totally geodesic submanifold. For example, $ {\pi _1}(M)$ must be infinite, and hence the Reeb foliation of $ {S^3}$ is not geodesible.

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Keywords: Foliations, geodesics, totally geodesic foliations, geodesibility, Reeb component
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