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Deformation and Extension of Fibrations of Spheres by Great Circles

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Speaker: 
Patricia Cahn
Affiliation: 
MPIM
Date: 
Thu, 2015-11-19 16:30 - 17:30
Location: 
MPIM Lecture Hall

In a 1983 paper, Gluck and Warner proved that the space of all great circle fibrations of the 3-sphere S^3 deformation retracts to the subspace oIn a 1983 paper, Gluck and Warner proved that the space of all great circle fibrations of the 3-sphere S^3 deformation retracts to the subspace of Hopf fibrations, and so has the homotopy type of a pair of disjoint two-spheres. Since that time, no generalization of this result to higher dimensions has been found, and so we narrow our sights here and show that in an infinitesimal sense explained below, the space of all smooth oriented great circle fibrations of the 2n+1 sphere S^(2n+1) deformation retracts to its subspace of Hopf fibrations. The tools gathered to prove this also serve to show that every germ of a smooth great circle fibration of S^(2n+1) extends to such a fibration of all of S^(2n+1), a result previously known only for S^3. This work is joint with Herman Gluck and Haggai Nuchi.
f Hopf fibrations, and so has the homotopy type of a pair of disjoint two-spheres. Since that time, no generalization of this result to higher dimensions has been found, and so we narrow our sights here and show that in an infinitesimal sense explained below, the space of all smooth oriented great circle fibrations of the 2n+1 sphere S^(2n+1) deformation retracts to its subspace of Hopf fibrations. The tools gathered to prove this also serve to show that every germ of a smooth great circle fibration of S^(2n+1) extends to such a fibration of all of S^(2n+1), a result previously known only for S^3. This work is joint with Herman Gluck and Haggai Nuchi.

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