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dc.contributor.advisor Forman, Robin
dc.creatorTrout, Aaron Dwight
dc.date.accessioned 2009-06-04T08:43:39Z
dc.date.available 2009-06-04T08:43:39Z
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/18824
dc.description.abstract We present two results concerning spaces with "positive combinatorial curvature". The first is analogous to the Bonnet-Myers theorem and the second to the maximum-diameter sphere theorems of Toponogov [6] and Cheng [7]. We prove: (1) Any combinatorial 3-manifold whose edges have degree at most five has edge-diameter at most five. In higher dimensions, a combinatorial n-manifold whose (n - 2)-simplices have degree at most four has edge-diameter at most two. The fact that these degree bounds imply compactness was first proved via analytic arguments in a 1973 paper, [10], by David Stone. Our proof is completely combinatorial and provides sharp bounds for the edge-diameter of the triangulation. (2) Any M which satisfies the above hypotheses and has vertices v, w at the maximum edge-distance is a sphere. Moreover, the triangulation of M is entirely determined by Lk( v). That is, if M' is another n-manifold which satisfies our hypotheses and in which the v', w' have maximum edge-distance then any simplicial isomorphism Lk( v) ≅ Lk(v') extends to a simplicial isomorphism M ≅ M '. In fact, for each possible Lk(v ) which can appear we construct a sphere which satisfies our hypotheses and in which v and w have maximum edge-distance.
dc.format.extent 47 p.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMathematics
dc.title Spaces with positive combinatorial curvature
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Mathematics
thesis.degree.discipline Natural Sciences
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy
dc.identifier.citation Trout, Aaron Dwight. "Spaces with positive combinatorial curvature." (2005) Diss., Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/18824.


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