November 7, 2018

On homogeneous manifolds whose isotropy actions are polar

José Carlos Díaz-Ramos, Miguel Domínguez-Vázquez, Andreas Kollross

Abstract: We show that simply connected Riemannian homogeneous spaces of compact semisimple Lie groups with polar isotropy actions are symmetric, generalizing results of Fabio Podestà and the third named author. Without assuming compactness, we give a classification of Riemannian homogeneous spaces of semisimple Lie groups whose linear isotropy representations are polar. We show for various such spaces that they do not have polar isotropy actions. Moreover, we prove that Heisenberg groups and non-symmetric Damek–Ricci spaces have non-polar isotropy actions.