Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society

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Almost quarter-pinched Kähler metrics and Chern numbers

Authors: Martin Deraux and Harish Seshadri
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 139 (2011), 2571-2576
MSC (2010): Primary 53C21; Secondary 53C20
Published electronically: December 9, 2010
MathSciNet review: 2784826
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Abstract: Given $ n \in {\mathbb{Z}}^+$ and $ \varepsilon >0$, we prove that there exists $ \delta = \delta (\varepsilon,n) >0$ such that the following holds: If $ (M^n,g)$ is a compact Kähler $ n$-manifold whose sectional curvatures $ K$ satisfy

$\displaystyle -1 - \delta \le K \le - \frac {1}{4}$

and $ c_I(M)$, $ c_J(M)$ are any two Chern numbers of $ M$, then

$\displaystyle \Bigl \vert \frac {c_I(M)}{c_J(M)} - \frac {c_I^0}{c_J^0} \Bigr \vert < \varepsilon,$

where $ c_I^0$, $ c_J^0$ are the corresponding characteristic numbers of a complex hyperbolic space form.

It follows that the Mostow-Siu surfaces and the threefolds of Deraux do not admit Kähler metrics with pinching close to $ \frac {1}{4}$.

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Martin Deraux
Affiliation: Institut Fourier, Université de Grenoble I, 38402 Saint-Martin-d’Hères Cedex, France

Harish Seshadri
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India

Received by editor(s): December 18, 2009
Received by editor(s) in revised form: June 28, 2010
Published electronically: December 9, 2010
Communicated by: Richard A. Wentworth
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