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Positive biorthogonal curvature on $ S^2\times S^2$

Author: Renato G. Bettiol
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 142 (2014), 4341-4353
MSC (2010): Primary 53C20, 53C21; Secondary 53B21
Published electronically: August 14, 2014
MathSciNet review: 3267002
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Abstract: We prove that $ S^2\times S^2$ satisfies an intermediate condition between $ \operatorname {Ric}>0$ and $ \operatorname {sec}>0$. Namely, there exist metrics for which the average of the sectional curvatures of any two planes tangent at the same point, but separated by a minimum distance in the $ 2$-Grassmannian, is strictly positive. This can be done with an arbitrarily small lower bound on the distance between the planes considered. Although they have positive Ricci curvature, these metrics do not have nonnegative sectional curvature. Such metrics also have positive biorthogonal curvature, meaning that the average of sectional curvatures of any two orthogonal planes is positive.

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Renato G. Bettiol
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, 255 Hurley Building, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556-4618

Received by editor(s): September 28, 2012
Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 29, 2013
Published electronically: August 14, 2014
Additional Notes: The author was partially supported by the NSF grant DMS-0941615.
Communicated by: Lei Ni
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