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## Foliations generated by differentials of Abelian type

The geometry of foliations generated by some differentials of Abelian type is considered. The case where all fibers are closed is studied.

As an application of our previous results we prove theorems of local and global stability of leaves in sense of Ehresmann and Reeb for conformal foliations of codimention $q>2$. It has been shown that for transversally affine foliations the analogous statements on noncompact closed leaves are not valid. We also remind our rusults about local and global stability of compact leaves of foliations with quasi analytical holonomy pseudogroup admitting an Ehresmann connection and corresponding results of other authors.

We prove the conjecture by Feigin, Fuchs and Gelfand describing the Lie algebra cohomology of formal vector fields on an n-dimensional space with coefficients in symmetric powers of the coadjoint representation. We also compute the cohomology of the Lie algebra of formal vector fields that preserve a given flag at the origin. The latter encodes characteristic classes of flags of foliations and was used in the formulation of the local Riemann-Roch Theorem by Feigin and Tsygan. Feigin, Fuchs and Gelfand described the first symmetric power and to do this they had to make use of a fearsomely complicated computation in invariant theory. By the application of degeneration theorems of appropriate Hochschild-Serre spectral sequences we avoid the need to use the methods of FFG, and moreover we are able to describe all the symmetric powers at once.

We investigated conformal foliations $(M,F)$ of codimension $q\geq 3$ and proved a criterion for them to be Riemannian. In particular, the application of this criterion allowed us to proof the existence of an attractor that is a minimal set for each non-Riemannian conformal foliation. Moreover, if foliated manifold is compact then non-Riemannian conformal foliation $(M,F)$ is $(Conf(S^q),S^q)$-foliation with finitely many minimal sets. They are all attractors, and each leaf of the foliation belongs to the basin of at least one of them. The specificity of the proper conformal foliations is indicated. Special attention is given to complete conformal foliations.

In this paper a unified method for studying foliations with transversal parabolic geometry of rank one is presented.

Ideas of Fraces' paper on parabolic geometry of rank one and of works of the author on conformal foliations

are developed.

We consider a Cartan foliation (M,F) of an arbitrary codimension q admitting an Ehresmann connection such that all leaves of (M,F) are embedded submanifolds of M. We prove that for any foliation (M,F) there exists an open, not necessarily connected, saturated, and everywhere dense subset M0 of M and a manifold L0 such that the induced foliation (M0, FM0) is formed by the fibers of a locally trivial fibration with the standard fiber L0 over (possibly, non-Hausdorff) smooth q-dimensional manifold. In the case of codimension 1, the induced foliation on each connected component of the manifold M0 is formed by the fibers of a locally trivial fibration over a circle or over a line.

We introduce a category of rigid geometries on smooth singular spaces of leaves of foliations.

A special category $\mathfrak F_0$ containing orbifolds is allocated. Unlike orbifolds, objects

of $\mathfrak F_0$ can have non-Hausdorff topology and can even not satisfy the separability axiom $T_0$.

It is shown that the rigid geometry $(N,\zeta)$, where $N\in (\mathfrak F_0)$, allows a desingularization. For each such geometry $( N,\zeta)$ we prove the existence and uniqueness of the structure of a finite-dimensional Lie group in the group of all automorphisms $Aut (N},\zeta)$.

The applications to the orbifolds are considered.

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.