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Conjugate loci of totally geodesic submanifolds of symmetric spaces

Author: J. M. Burns
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 337 (1993), 411-425
MSC: Primary 53C35; Secondary 53C20, 53C40
MathSciNet review: 1091705
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Abstract: The conjugate and cut loci of fixed point sets of involutions which fix the origin of a compact symmetric space are studied. The first conjugate locus is described in terms of roots and weights of certain representations. When the first conjugate locus and the cut locus agree, we study Morse functions which give a simple decomposition of the symmetric space. We describe for some examples the topological implications of our results.

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