∑-flat manifolds and Riemannian submersions
In this paper, we show that a certain rigidity condition (∑-flatness) for open nonnegatively curved manifoldsM is preserved by Riemannian submersions. The result can be applied to quotients ofM by groups of isometries. ∑-flat metrics are also used to derive a splitting theorem for distance tubes of maximal volume growth.
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