On some isotropic submanifolds in spheres. (English) Zbl 1007.53045

In a joint paper with P. Verheyen in Math. Ann. 269, 417-429 (1984; Zbl 0536.53053), B.-Y. Chen proved the following result: Let \(M^n\) be a connected compact isotropic submanifold of a sphere \(S^{n+p}\) of constant curvature \(\widetilde c\). If \(M^n\) has constant mean curvature \(H\), and if the sectional curvature function \(K\) of \(M^n\) satisfies \(K \geq (H^2+\widetilde c)/2\), then \(M^n\) is totally umbilical in \(S^{n+p}\). In the present paper the author constructs counterexamples to the above result.


53C40 Global submanifolds


Zbl 0536.53053
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