Preprint C180/2014
Low dimensional polar actions
Francisco José Gozzi

Polar manifolds are Riemannian G-manifolds admitting a "section", i.e., a complete submanifold passing through every orbit and doing so orthogonally. We consider compact simply-connected polar manifolds and achieve an equivariantly diffeomorphic classification in dimensions 5 or less. As an application, we determine which of these polar actions admit an invariant metric with non-negative curvature.