Journal of Differential Geometry
- J. Differential Geom.
- Volume 61, Number 3 (2002), 341-364.
Â-Genus on Non-Spin Manifolds with S1 Actions and the Classification of Positive Quaternion-Kähler 12-Manifolds
We prove that the Â-genus vanishes on certain non-spin manifolds. Namely, Â(M) vanishes on any oriented, compact, connected, smooth manifold M with finite second homotopy group and endowed with non-trivial (isometric) smooth S1 actions. This result extends that of Atiyah and Hirzebruch on spin manifolds endowed with smooth S1 actions  to manifolds which are not necessarily spin.
We prove such vanishing by means of the elliptic genus defined by Ochanine [23, 24], showing that it also has the special property of being "rigid under S1 actions" on these (not necessarily spin) manifolds.
We conclude with a non-trivial application of this new vanishing theorem by classifying the positive quaternion-Kähler 12-manifolds. Namely, we prove that every quaternion-Kähler 12-manifold with a complete metric of positive scalar curvature must be a symmetric space.
J. Differential Geom., Volume 61, Number 3 (2002), 341-364.
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Herrera, Haydeé; Herrera, Rafael. Â -Genus on Non-Spin Manifolds with S 1 Actions and the Classification of Positive Quaternion-Kähler 12-Manifolds. J. Differential Geom. 61 (2002), no. 3, 341--364. doi:10.4310/jdg/1090351527. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.jdg/1090351527