Quotients of $S^2\times{S^2}$ Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We consider closed topological 4-manifolds $M$ with universal cover ${S^2\times{S^2}}$ and Euler characteristic $\chi(M) = 1$. All such manifolds with $\pi=\pi_1(M)\cong {\mathbb Z}/4$ are homotopy equivalent. In this case, we show that there are four homeomorphism types, and propose a candidate for a smooth example which is not homeomorphic to the geometric quotient. If $\pi\cong {\mathbb Z}/2 \times {\mathbb Z}/2$, we show that there are three homotopy types (and between 6 and 24 homeomorphism types).