Suppose $M$ is a 3-dimensional manifold, John W. Morgan and Frederick Tsz-Ho Fong in their "Ricci Flow and Geometrization of 3-Manifolds" book as a definition of canonical neighborhoods have written:

We fix an $\epsilon >0$, there are essentially $3$ types of $\epsilon$-canonical neighborhoods:

(1) ($\epsilon$-neck) - a neighborhood $N_{\epsilon}\subset M$ diffeomorphic to $S^2\times (-\epsilon ^{-1},\epsilon ^{-1})$ under diffeomorphism $\varphi:S^2\times (-\epsilon ^{-1},\epsilon ^{-1})\to N_\epsilon$, such that the rescaled pull-back metric $R(x,t)\varphi ^*g(t)$ on $S^2\times (-\epsilon ^{-1},\epsilon ^{-1})$ is within $\epsilon$ in $C^{[\epsilon^{-1}]}$-topology to the product of the round metric on $S^2$ with $R=1$ with the usual metric on $(-\epsilon ^{-1},\epsilon ^{-1})$.

(2) ($\epsilon$-cap) - topologically $B^3$ or a punctured real projective $3$-space $\mathbb{R}P^3_0$ and whose end is a $\epsilon$-neck.

(3) connected component of positive sectional curvature.

A point $x\in M$ is said to have an $\epsilon$-canonical neighborhood if it lies in the central two-sphere of an $\epsilon$-neck, lies in an $\epsilon$-cap in the complement of the $\epsilon$-neck forming the end of the cap, or lies in a component of positive sectional curvature.

Question 1: What is the meaning of "within $\epsilon$ in $C^{[\epsilon^{-1}]}$-topology"?

Question 2: Why do we consider rescaled pull-back metric $R(x,t)\varphi ^*g(t)$? What is necessity of this action? In other words if we have just considered pull-back metric $\varphi ^*g(t)$, what would be wrong then?

Question 3: Is the boundary of the punctured real projective $3$-space ,$\mathbb{R}P^3_0$, $S^2$?

Question 4: I can visualize $\epsilon$-neck and $\epsilon$-cap. These types of canonical neighborhoods have shapes like following figures. Now, what is visualization of type (3) of the definition of the canonical neighborhoods? Essentially, what is "a component of positive sectional curvature" ?

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Thanks in advance.

  • $\begingroup$ I ask this question also here but nobody answer to me and the number of views is only 15. I need the answer. Excuse me for crossposting. $\endgroup$ – Sepideh Bakhoda Aug 1 '13 at 17:31
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    $\begingroup$ This material has been treated in various places. Have you tried having a look at Kleiner and Lott notes, Besson Bessieres Maillot and Porti's book, or Terence Tao's Blog ? Maybe you'll find explanation that suit you better there. $\endgroup$ – Thomas Richard Aug 1 '13 at 19:23

Answer to question (1): the notation means that if you let $k$ be the greatest integer not larger than $\varepsilon^{-1}$, you want the covariant derivatives of the rescaled pullback metric of order up to and including $k$ to be all of size smaller than $\varepsilon$ in the product metric.

Answer to question (3): yes. If you puncture any compact 3-manifold, then near the puncture it looks like a punctured $\mathbb{R}^3$, i.e. $S^2 \times \mathbb{R}$.

Answer to question (4): a component of positive sectional curvature looks like a sphere, or a finite quotient of a sphere (a lens space or 3-dimensional real projective space).


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