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Non-vanishing complex vector fields and the Euler characteristic

Author: Howard Jacobowitz
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 137 (2009), 3163-3165
MSC (2000): Primary 57R25; Secondary 57R20
Published electronically: May 1, 2009
MathSciNet review: 2506476
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Abstract: Every manifold admits a nowhere vanishing complex vector field. If, however, the manifold is compact and orientable and the complex bilinear form associated to a Riemannian metric is never zero when evaluated on the vector field, then the manifold must have zero Euler characteristic.

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Howard Jacobowitz
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey 08012

Received by editor(s): July 25, 2008
Published electronically: May 1, 2009
Communicated by: Varghese Mathai
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