Preprint 39/1998

Diffeomorphism finiteness, positive pinching, and second homotopy

Anton Petrunin and Wilderich Tuschmann

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Submission date: 07. Nov. 1999 (revised version: November 1999)
Pages: 19
published in: Geometric and functional analysis, 9 (1999) 4, p. 736-774 
DOI number (of the published article): 10.1007/s000390050101

Our main results can be stated as follows:

1. For any given numbers m, C and D,the class of m-dimensional simply connected closed smooth manifoldswith finite second homotopy groups which admit a Riemannian metricwith sectional curvature bounded in absolute value by tex2html_wrap_inline15and diameter uniformly bounded from above by D containsonly finitely many diffeomorphism types.

2. Given any m and any tex2html_wrap_inline21,there exists a positive constant tex2html_wrap_inline23such that the injectivity radius of any simply connectedcompact m-dimensional Riemannian manifold with finite second homotopygroup and tex2html_wrap_inline27, tex2html_wrap_inline29, is bounded from below by tex2html_wrap_inline31.

In an appendix we discuss Riemannian megafolds,a generalized notion of Riemannian manifolds,and their use and usefulness in collapsing with bounded curvature.

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