On the mean Euler characteristic of contact manifolds [article]

Jacqueline Espina
2012 arXiv   pre-print
We express the mean Euler characteristic of a contact structure in terms of the mean indices of closed Reeb orbits for a broad class of contact manifolds, the so-called asymptotically finite contact manifolds. We show that this class is closed under subcritical surgery and examine the behavior of the mean Euler characteristic under such surgery. To this end, we revisit the notion of index-positivity for contact forms. We also obtain an expression for the mean Euler characteristic in the Morse-Bott case.
arXiv:1011.4364v3 fatcat:eskwn3paizhqxgg7qxsep2xoqm