For a compact Riemannian manifold $(M, g2)$ of dimension $ngeq 6$ with constant $Q$-curvature satisfying a nondegeneracy condition, we show that one can construct many other examples of constant $Q$-curvature manifolds by a gluing construction. In this dissertation, we provide a general procedure of gluing together $(M,g2)$ with any compact manifold $(N, g_1)$ satisfying a natural geometric assumption. In particular, we prove the existence of solutions of a fourth-order partial differential equation, which implies the existence of a smooth metric with constant $Q$-curvature on the connected sum $N#M$.
|Contributor||Xiaobo Liu, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Liviu Nicolaescu, Committee Member|
|Contributor||Matthew Gursky, Committee Chair|
|Contributor||Gabor Szekelyhidi, Committee Member|
|Degree Level||Doctoral Dissertation|
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