 
Summary: DEHN FILLING AND EINSTEIN METRICS IN HIGHER DIMENSIONS
MICHAEL T. ANDERSON
Abstract. We prove that many features of Thurston's Dehn surgery theory for hyperbolic 3
manifolds generalize to Einstein metrics in any dimension. In particular, this gives large, infinite
families of new Einstein metrics on compact manifolds.
1. Introduction.
In this paper, we construct a large new class of Einstein metrics of negative scalar curvature on
ndimensional manifolds M = M n , for any n # 4. Einstein metrics are Riemannian metrics g of
constant Ricci curvature, and we will assume the curvature is normalized as
(1.1) Ric g = (n  1)g,
so that the scalar curvature s = n(n1). The construction is a direct generalization of Thurston's
theory of Dehn surgery or Dehn filling on hyperbolic 3manifolds [31] to Einstein metrics in any
dimension; in fact the proof gives a new, analytic approach to Thurston's cusp closing theorem
[31], [32].
To describe the construction, start with any complete, noncompact hyperbolic nmanifold N =
N n of finite volume, with metric g 1 of constant curvature 1. The manifold N has a finite number
of cusp ends {E j }, 1 # j # q, with each end E di#eomorphic to F × R + , where F is a compact
flat manifold, with flat metric g 0 induced from (N, g 1 ). For simplicity, assume that each F is an
(n  1)torus T n1 ; this can always be achieved by passing to a finite covering space if necessary,
cf. [6].
