Conditions for Nonnegative Curvature on Vector Bundles and Sphere Bundles

Abstract

This paper addresses Cheeger and Gromoll’s question of which vector bundles admit a complete metric of nonnegative curvature, and relates their question to the issue of which sphere bundles admit a metric of positive curvature. We show that any vector bundle which admits a metric of nonnegative curvature must admit a connection, a tensor, and a metric on the base space which together satisfy a certain differential inequality. On the other hand, a slight sharpening of this condition is sufficient for the associated sphere bundle to admit a metric of positive curvature. Our results sharpen and generalize Walschap and Strake’s conditions under which a vector bundle admits a connection metric of nonnegative curvature.

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@inproceedings{Tapp2002ConditionsFN, title={Conditions for Nonnegative Curvature on Vector Bundles and Sphere Bundles}, author={Kristopher Tapp}, year={2002} }