This article discusses the existence problem of a compact quotient of a symmetric space by a properly discontinuous group with emphasis on the non-Riemannian case.
Discontinuous groups are not always abundant in a homogeneous space G/H if H is non-compact. The first half of the article elucidates general machinery to study discontinuous groups for G/H, followed by the most update and complete list of symmetric spaces with/without compact quotients. In the second half, as applications of general theory, we prove: (i) there exists a 15 dimensional compact pseudo-Riemannian manifold of signature (7,8) with constant curvature, (ii) there exists a compact quotient of the complex sphere of dimension 1, 3 and 7, and (iii) there exists a compact quotient of the tangential space form of signature (p,q) if and only if p is smaller than the Hurwitz-Radon number of q.
The original publication is available at International Press.
© Toshiyuki Kobayashi