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Hölder Compactification for Some Manifolds with Pinched Negative Curvature Near Infinity

We consider a complete noncompact Riemannian manifold $M$ and give conditions on a compact submanifold $K \subset M$ so that the outward normal exponential map off the boundary of $K$ is a diffeomorphism onto $\MlK$. We use this to compactify $M$ and show that pinched negative sectional curvature outside $K$ implies $M$ has a compactification with a well-defined H\"older structure independent of $K$. The H\"older constant depends on the ratio of the curvature pinching. This extends and generalizes a 1985 result of Anderson and Schoen.