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Actions of finite groups and smooth functions on surfaces


Let $f:M\to \mathbb{R}$ be a Morse function on a smooth closed surface, $V$ be a connected component of some critical level of $f$, and $\mathcal{E}_V$ be its atom. Let also $\mathcal{S}(f)$ be a stabilizer of the function $f$ under the right action of the group of diffeomorphisms $\mathrm{Diff}(M)$ on the space of smooth functions on $M,$ and $\mathcal{S}_V(f) = \{h\in\mathcal{S}(f)\,| h(V) = V\}.$ The group $\mathcal{S}_V(f)$ acts on the set $\pi_0\partial \mathcal{E}_V$ of connected components of the boundary of $\mathcal{E}_V.$ Therefore we have a homomorphism $\phi:\mathcal{S}(f)\to \mathrm{Aut}(\pi_0\partial \mathcal{E}_V)$. Let also $G = \phi(\mathcal{S}(f))$ be the image of $\mathcal{S}(f)$ in $\mathrm{Aut}(\pi_0\partial \mathcal{E}_V).$ Suppose that the inclusion $\partial \mathcal{E}_V\subset M\setminus V$ induces a bijection $\pi_0 \partial \mathcal{E}_V\to\pi_0(M\setminus V).$ Let $H$ be a subgroup of $G.$ We present a sufficient condition for existence of a section $s:H\to \mathcal{S}_V(f)$ of the homomorphism $\phi,$ so, the action of $H$ on $\partial \mathcal{E}_V$ lifts to the $H$-action on $M$ by $f$-preserving diffeomorphisms of $M$. This result holds for a larger class of smooth functions $f:M\to \mathbb{R}$ having the following property: for each critical point $z$ of $f$ the germ of $f$ at $z$ is smoothly equivalent to a homogeneous polynomial $\mathbb{R}^2\to \mathbb{R}$ without multiple linear factors.

Key words: Diffeomorphism, Morse function.

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TitleActions of finite groups and smooth functions on surfaces
SourceMethods Funct. Anal. Topology, Vol. 22 (2016), no. 3, 210-219
MathSciNet MR3554649
MilestonesReceived 20/05/2016
CopyrightThe Author(s) 2016 (CC BY-SA)

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Bohdan Feshchenko
Institute of Mathematics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 3 Tereshchenkivs’ka, Kyiv, 01601, Ukraine

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