23
$\begingroup$

Are there any nontrivial compact Einstein four-manifolds of negative or nonpositive sectional curvature? by nontrivial we mean not quotients of $\mathbb{H}^4$, $\mathbb{C}H^2$, $\mathbb{H}^2\times\mathbb{H}^2$, or $\mathbb{H}^2\times\mathbb{R}^2$. I did some search but couldn't find any.

$\endgroup$
6
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ I think this is an open problem, and things have not changed since Anderson's survey arxiv.org/abs/0810.4830. At some point Anderson claimed the existence of such examples, see arxiv.org/abs/math/0310041, but it was later retracted. $\endgroup$ – Igor Belegradek Oct 5 '14 at 12:00
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ you possibly want to add $H^2\times R^2$ to the list of trivial examples, since the product of a hyperbolic surface and the 2-torus is Kähler-Einstein $\endgroup$ – Vladimir S Matveev Oct 5 '14 at 13:48
  • 4
    $\begingroup$ using Dehn filling on cusped hyperbolic manifolds (see the papers of Anderson and Bamler) you can construct plenty of manifolds that admit both Einstein and non-positive sectional curvature metrics, but not simultaneously as far as I understand. $\endgroup$ – Bruno Martelli Nov 4 '14 at 19:45
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ An example has been announced by Joel Fine and Bruno Premoselli, see here scgp.stonybrook.edu/video_portal/video.php?id=3382 $\endgroup$ – YangMills Nov 3 '17 at 12:42
  • 3
    $\begingroup$ And the paper just came out: arxiv.org/abs/1802.00608 $\endgroup$ – YangMills Feb 5 '18 at 9:16
-1
$\begingroup$

G. Mostow and Y.-T. Siu, A compact Kahler surface of negative curvature not covered by the ball, Ann. Math. 112 (1980) 321-360

$\endgroup$
3
  • 2
    $\begingroup$ If memory serves, Mostow-Siu metric is not Einstein. I think there is a conjecture that any Kahler-Einstein surface of negative sectional curvature is covered by $CH^2$. $\endgroup$ – Igor Belegradek Oct 5 '14 at 3:41
  • $\begingroup$ @IgorBelegradek I believe it is K-E, as follows from the Calabi conjecture. $\endgroup$ – Igor Rivin Oct 5 '14 at 3:56
  • 14
    $\begingroup$ I think the metric coming from the solution of Calabi conjecture need not have negative sectional curvature. The conjecture I mention in the first comment is taken from [Siu, Yum Tong; Yang, Paul Compact Kähler-Einstein surfaces of nonpositive bisectional curvature. Invent. Math. 64 (1981), no. 3, 471–487] whose authors discuss Mostow-Sie example in the introduction. $\endgroup$ – Igor Belegradek Oct 5 '14 at 4:01

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.