A Bound on the Cohomology of Quasiregularly Elliptic Manifolds

Eden Prywes, UCLA
Fine Hall 314

A classical result gives that if there exists a holomorphic mapping $f\colon \mathbb C \to M$, then $M$ is homeomorphic to $S^2$ or $S^1\times S^1$, where $M$ is a compact Riemann surface. I will discuss a generalization of this problem to higher dimensions. I will show that if $M$ is a $d$-dimensional, closed, connected, orientable Riemannian manifold that admits a quasiregular mapping from $\mathbb R^d$, then the dimension of the degree $l$ de Rham cohomology of $M$ is bounded above by $\binom{d}{l}$.  This is a sharp upper bound that proves a conjecture by Bonk and Heinonen.A corollary of this theorem answers an open problem posed by Gromov.  He asked whether there exists a simply connected manifold that does not admit a quasiregular map from $\mathbb R^d$. The result gives an affirmative answer to this question.