An analytic invariant of G2 manifolds

Diarmuid Crowley, Sebastian Goette, Johannes Nordström

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The first and third authors have constructed a defect invariant nu in Z/48 for G_2-structures on a closed 7-manifold. We describe the nu-invariant using eta-invariants and Mathai-Quillen currents on M and show that it can be refined to an integer-valued invariant bar nu for G_2-holonomy metrics. As an example, we determine the bar nu invariants of twisted and extra twisted connected sums a la Kovalev, Corti-Haskins-Nordström-Pacini, and Nordström. In particular, we exhibit examples of 7-manifolds where the moduli space of G_2-holonomy metrics has at least two connected components. In one of these examples, the underlying G_2-structures are homotopic, in another one, they are not.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 3 Nov 2020

Publication series

PublisherCornell University


  • math.GT
  • math.DG
  • 57R20 (Primary) 53C29, 58J28 (Secondary)


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