Osaka Journal of Mathematics

Results on the topology of generalized real Bott manifolds

Raisa Dsouza and V. Uma

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Generalized Bott manifolds (over $\mathbb C$ and $\mathbb R$) have been defined by Choi, Masuda and Suh in [4]. In this article we extend the results of [7] on the topology of real Bott manifolds to generalized real Bott manifolds. We give a presentation of the fundamental group, prove that it is solvable and give a characterization for it to be abelian. We further prove that these manifolds are aspherical only in the case of real Bott manifolds and compute the higher homotopy groups. Furthermore, using the presentation of the cohomology ring with $\mathbb Z_2$-coefficients, we derive a combinatorial characterization for orientablity and spin structure.

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Osaka J. Math., Volume 56, Number 3 (2019), 441-458.

First available in Project Euclid: 16 July 2019

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Primary: 55R99: None of the above, but in this section
Secondary: 57S25: Groups acting on specific manifolds


Dsouza, Raisa; Uma, V. Results on the topology of generalized real Bott manifolds. Osaka J. Math. 56 (2019), no. 3, 441--458.

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