Abstract:
A Sasakian manifold S is equipped with a unit-length, Killing vector field ( which generates a one-dimensional foliation with a transverse Kihler structure. A differential form a on S is called basic with respect to the foliation if it satisfies [iota][epsilon][alpha] = [iota][epsilon]d[alpha] = 0. If a compact Sasakian manifold S is regular, i.e. a circle bundle over a compact Kähler manifold, the results of Hodge theory in the Kahler case apply to basic forms on S. Even in the absence of a Kähler base, there is a basic version of Hodge theory due to El Kacimi-Alaoui. These results are useful in trying to imitate Kähler geometry on Sasakian manifolds; however, they have limitations. In the first part of this thesis, we will develop a "transverse Hodge theory" on a broader class of forms on S. When we restrict to basic forms, this will give us a simpler proof of some of El Kacimi-Alaoui's results, including the basic dd̄-lemma. In the second part, we will apply the basic dd̄-lemma and some results from our transverse Hodge theory to conclude (in the manner of Deligne, Griffiths, and Morgan) that the real homotopy type of a compact Sasakian manifold is a formal consequence of its basic cohomology ring and basic Kähler class.

Description:
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mathematics, 2008.Includes bibliographical references (p. 53-54).