Geometriae Dedicata

, Volume 180, Issue 1, pp 323–338 | Cite as

Using simplicial volume to count multi-tangent trajectories of traversing vector fields

Original Paper

Abstract

For a non-vanishing gradient-like vector field on a compact manifold \(X^{n+1}\) with boundary, a discrete set of trajectories may be tangent to the boundary with reduced multiplicity n, which is the maximum possible. (Among them are trajectories that are tangent to \(\partial X\) exactly n times.) We prove a lower bound on the number of such trajectories in terms of the simplicial volume of X by adapting methods of Gromov, in particular his “amenable reduction lemma”. We apply these bounds to vector fields on hyperbolic manifolds.

Keywords

Traversing vector field Simplicial volume Simplicial norm Amenable group 

Mathematics Subject Classification (2010)

53C23 57N80 58K45 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MITCambridgeUSA

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