Asian Journal of Mathematics

Volume 18 (2014)

Number 1

Geometry of isoparametric hypersurfaces in Riemannian manifolds

Pages: 117 – 126

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/AJM.2014.v18.n1.a6

Authors

Jianquan Ge (School of Mathematical Sciences, Laboratory of Mathematics and Complex Systems, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China)

Zizhou Tang (School of Mathematical Sciences, Laboratory of Mathematics and Complex Systems, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China)

Abstract

In our previous work, we studied isoparametric functions on Riemannian manifolds, especially on exotic spheres. One result there says that, in the family of isoparametric hypersurfaces of a closed Riemannian manifold, there exists at least one minimal isoparametric hypersurface. In this paper, we show such a minimal isoparametric hypersurface is also unique in the family if the ambient manifold has positive Ricci curvature. Moreover, we give a proof of Theorem D claimed by Q. M. Wang (without proof) which asserts that the focal submanifolds of an isoparametric function on a complete Riemannian manifold are minimal. Further, we study isoparametric hypersurfaces with constant principal curvatures in general Riemannian manifolds. It turns out that in this case the focal submanifolds have the same properties as those in the standard sphere, i.e., the shape operator with respect to any normal direction has common constant principal curvatures. Some necessary conditions involving Ricci curvature and scalar curvature are also derived.

Keywords

isoparametric function, focal submanifold, constant mean curvature

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

53C20

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