Group actions on Euclidean spaces
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1 Topological actions
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2 Smooth actions
2.1 Fixed point free
2.1.1 History
The question whether contractible manifolds (e.g. Euclidean spaces) admit smooth fixed point free actions of compact Lie groups has been discussed for the first time by Paul Althaus Smith [Smith1938], [Smith1939], [Smith1941], and [Smith1945]. Conner and Montgomery [Conner&Montgomery1962] have constructed smooth fixed point free actions of on Euclidean spaces, for . By generalizing their construction, Hsiang and Hsiang [Hsiang&Hsiang1967] have shown that any non-abelian compact connected Lie group admits such actions.
For for two relatively primes integers , the construction of Conner and Floyd [Conner&Floyd1959], modified and improved by Kister [Kister1961] and [Kister1963], yields a smooth fixed point free actions on Euclidean spaces (see [Bredon1972, pp. 58-61]). For more general groups such that there exist a surjection and an injection , such actions have been obtained by Edmonds and Lee [Edmonds&Lee1976].
2.1.2 Results
The results of [Conner&Montgomery1962], [Hsiang&Hsiang1967], [Conner&Floyd1959], [Kister1961], and [Edmonds&Lee1976] yield the following theorem.
Theorem 2.1. A compact Lie group has smooth fixed point free action on some Euclidean space if and only if at least one of the following conditions holds.
- The identity connected component of is non-abelian.
- The quotient is not of prime power order.
2.2 Fixed point sets
2.2.1 History
2.2.2 Definitions
Let be a finite group. For two distinct primes and , a -element of is an element of order . One says that has -dihedral subquotient if contains two subgroups and such that is isomorphic to the dihedral group of order . Denote by a -Sylow subgroup of .
The class of finite groups not of prime power order divides into the following six mutually disjoint classes.
- has a -dihedral subquotient .
- has no -dihedral subquotient, has a -element conjugate to its inverse .
- has no -element conjugate to its inverse, has a -element, .
- has no -element conjugate to its inverse, has a -element, .
- has no -element, .
- has no -element, .
Let be a compact smooth manifold. Between the reduced real, complex, and quaternion -theory groups , , and , respectively, consider the induction (complexification and quaternization) homomorphisms and :
For a finitely generated abelian group , denote by the torsion part of .
2.2.3 Results
Let be a compact Lie group such that the identity connected component of is non-abelian, or the quotient is not of prime power order. Oliver [Oliver1975], [Oliver1976] has defined an integer , which we refer to as the Oliver number of . Recall that when is abelian, and otherwise .
Theorem 2.2 ([Oliver1975], [Oliver1976]). Let be a compact Lie group such that the identity connected component of is non-abelian, or the quotient is not of prime power order. Let be a finite CW-complex. Then the following three statements are equivalent.
- The Euler-Poincaré characteristic .
- There exist a finite contractible -CW-complex such that the fixed point set is homeomorphic to .
- There exists a smooth action of on a disk such that the fixed point set is homotopy equivalent to .
By smooth ma
Theorem 2.3 ([Oliver1996]). Let be a finite group not of prime power order. Let be a smooth manifold. Then there exists a smooth action of on some Euclidean space such that the fixed point is diffeomorphic to if and only if the class satisfies the following condition depending o .
- If , then there is no restriction on .
- If , then .
- If , then .
- If , then , i.e., is stably complex.
- If , then .
- If , then .
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