Under a reasonable vanishing hypothesis, Donaldson and Friedman proved that the connected sum of two self-dual Riemannian 4-Manifolds is again self-dual. Here we prove that the same result can be extended over to the positive scalar curvature case. So that this is an analogue of the classical theorem of Gromov-Lawson and Schoen-Yau in the self-dual category. The proof is based on the twistor theory.
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Mustafa Kalafat, Scalar curvature and connected sums of self-dual 4-manifolds. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 13 (2011), no. 4, pp. 883–898DOI 10.4171/JEMS/269