*Published Paper*

**Inserted:** 3 feb 2016

**Last Updated:** 19 jun 2017

**Journal:** J. Math. Pures Appl.

**Volume:** 108

**Number:** 1

**Pages:** 1-13

**Year:** 2017

**Abstract:**

We classify complete gradient Ricci solitons satisfying a fourth-order vanishing condition on the Weyl tensor, improving previously known results. More precisely, we show that any $n$-dimensional ($n\geq 4$) gradient shrinking Ricci soliton with fourth order divergence-free Weyl tensor is either Einstein, or a finite quotient of $N^{n-k}\times \mathbb{R}^k$, $(k > 0)$, the product of a Einstein manifold $N^{n-k}$ with the Gaussian shrinking soliton $\mathbb{R}^k$. The technique applies also to the steady and expanding cases in all dimensions. In particular, we prove that a three dimensional gradient steady soliton with third order divergence-free Cotton tensor, i.e. with vanishing double divergence of the Bach tensor, is either flat or isometric to the Bryant soliton.

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