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Item Open Access Harmonic Forms, Price Inequalities, and Benjamini-Schramm ConvergenceCerbo, Luca F Di; Stern, MarkWe study Betti numbers of sequences of Riemannian manifolds which Benjamini-Schramm converge to their universal covers. Using the Price inequalities we developed elsewhere, we derive two distinct convergence results. First, under a negative Ricci curvature assumption and no assumption on sign of the sectional curvature, we have a convergence result for weakly uniform discrete sequences of closed Riemannian manifolds. In the negative sectional curvature case, we are able to remove the weakly uniform discreteness assumption. This is achieved by combining a refined Thick-Thin decomposition together with a Moser iteration argument for harmonic forms on manifolds with boundary.Item Open Access Instantons on multi-Taub-NUT Spaces I: Asymptotic Form and Index Theorem(Journal of Differential Geometry, 2019-12-06) Cherkis, Sergey A; Larrain-Hubach, Andres; Stern, MarkWe study finite action anti-self-dual Yang-Mills connections on the multi-Taub-NUT space. We establish the curvature and the harmonic spinors decay rates and compute the index of the associated Dirac operator. This is the first in a series of papers proving the completeness of the bow construction of instantons on multi-Taub-NUT spaces and exploring it in detail.Item Open Access Instantons on multi-Taub-NUT Spaces II: Bow ConstructionCherkis, Sergey; Larraín-Hubach, Andrés; Stern, MarkUnitary anti-self-dual connections on Asymptotically Locally Flat (ALF) hyperk\"ahler spaces are constructed in terms of data organized in a bow. Bows generalize quivers, and the relevant bow gives rise to the underlying ALF space as the moduli space of its particular representation -- the small representation. Any other representation of that bow gives rise to anti-self-dual connections on that ALF space. We prove that each resulting connection has finite action, i.e. it is an instanton. Moreover, we derive the asymptotic form of such a connection and compute its topological class.Item Open Access Nonlinear Harmonic Forms and an Indefinite Bochner Formula(2017-06-01) Stern, MarkWe introduce the study of nonlinear harmonic forms. These are forms which minimize the $L_2$ energy in a cohomology class subject to a nonlinear constraint. In this note, we include only motivations and the most basic existence results. We also introduce a variant of the Bochner formula suitable for probing the structure of the intersection form of a 4-manifold.Item Open Access On the Betti Numbers of Finite Volume Hyperbolic ManifoldsCerbo, Luca F Di; Stern, MarkWe obtain strong upper bounds for the Betti numbers of compact complex-hyperbolic manifolds. We use the unitary holonomy to improve the results given by the most direct application of the techniques of [DS17]. We also provide effective upper bounds for Betti numbers of compact quaternionic- and Cayley-hyperbolic manifolds in most degrees. More importantly, we extend our techniques to complete finite volume real- and complex-hyperbolic manifolds. In this setting, we develop new monotonicity inequalities for strongly harmonic forms on hyperbolic cusps and employ a new peaking argument to estimate $L^2$-cohomology ranks. Finally, we provide bounds on the de Rham cohomology of such spaces, using a combination of our bounds on $L^2$-cohomology, bounds on the number of cusps in terms of the volume, and the topological interpretation of reduced $L^2$-cohomology on certain rank one locally symmetric spaces.Item Open Access Price Inequalities and Betti Number Growth on Manifolds without Conjugate Points(2017-06-01) Cerbo, Luca F Di; Stern, MarkWe derive Price inequalities for harmonic forms on manifolds without conjugate points and with a negative Ricci upper bound. The techniques employed in the proof work particularly well for manifolds of non-positive sectional curvature, and in this case we prove a strengthened Price inequality. We employ these inequalities to study the asymptotic behavior of the Betti numbers of coverings of Riemannian manifolds without conjugate points. Finally, we give a vanishing result for $L^{2}$-Betti numbers of closed manifolds without conjugate points.