### Abstract

We discuss the rigidity (or lack thereof) imposed by different notions of having an abundance of zero curvature planes on a complete Riemannian 3-manifold. We prove a rank rigidity theorem for complete 3-manifolds, showing that having higher rank is equivalent to having reducible universal covering. We also study 3-manifolds such that every tangent vector is contained in a flat plane, including examples with irreducible universal covering, and discuss the effect of finite volume and real-analyticity assumptions.

Language | English (US) |
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Pages | 669-693 |

Number of pages | 25 |

Journal | Transactions of the American Mathematical Society |

Volume | 370 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 1 2018 |

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- Applied Mathematics

### Cite this

*Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*,

*370*(1), 669-693. DOI: 10.1090/tran/6961

**Three-manifolds with many flat planes.** / Bettiol, Renato G.; Schmidt, Benjamin.

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*Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*, vol 370, no. 1, pp. 669-693. DOI: 10.1090/tran/6961

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