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### Two ways to differentiate a section of vector bundle

Let $\pi:E\rightarrow M$ be a vector bundle, and $D$ a connection on it. Suppose $\sigma_1,\sigma_2\in\Gamma(E)$, $p\in M$, $V\in T_pM$ such that $\sigma_1(p)=\sigma_2(p)$. Are the following two ...

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### Normalizing the value of a principal connection at a point

Let $\nabla$ be a symmetric, linear connection on a smooth manifold $X$.
If $p \in X$ is any point, on a normal chart for $\nabla$ around $p$ it holds:
$$ \Gamma_{ij}^k (p) = 0 \ , $$ where $\Gamma_{...

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### how is the dual connection defined?

Let $E$ be a vector bundle (i.e. locally free $\mathcal{O}_X$-module) on some smooth algebraic variety $X$ and let $\nabla: E \to E \otimes \Omega^1_X$ be an integrable connection.
I have seen that $...

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### Isomorphism of connections on a complex line bundle

Reading an article I faced with the following theorem, please give me a reference to a proof of the fact which is stated without any reference in the article. Is it a well-known fact?
Theorem. Let $E ...

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### Construction of a classifying map from a connection 1-form

From a connection 1-form on $M$, I can construct a parallel transport from which in turn I can construct a classifying map $M \to BG$.
Is there a construction of such a classifying map directly from a ...

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### Can a manifold have a curvature-free connection that is not torsion-free?

Suppose I have a smooth manifold with a tangent bundle, and I have a connection. If this connection is curvature-free, is it guaranteed to be torsion-free? (I am not assuming a metric, just a finite-...

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### Obstruction to this gauge choice of the connection of a vector bundle

Let $M$ be a compact manifold with a nowhere-vanishing vector field $R$. Consider principal $G$-bundle $P$ over $M$, and $\mathcal{A}$ being the space of irreducible connections.
Let me denote a ...

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### Does every manifold have a flat connection?

Suppose I have a manifold and a vector bundle over it, but not a connection or a metric. Can I always find a connection on it that has a Riemann curvature tensor that is identically zero? If so, can I ...

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### Formal adjoint of the covariant derivative

Let $E \to M$ be a vector bundle over some Riemannian metric $(M, g)$ and endow it with some fibre metric. Assume that covariant derivative $\nabla$ is compatible with the metric.
It is essentially ...

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### General form of a metric affine connection with zero curvature

I have read somewhere that the general form of a metric affine connection whose Riemann curvature is zero is given by
$$\Gamma^{i}_{ij}=A^{i}_{\alpha}\partial_{j}A^{\alpha}_{k}$$
where $A^{i}_{\alpha}$...

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### Existence of connections making a bundle endomorphism parallel

Let $M$ be a manifold, $TM$ its tangent bundle, and $N:TM\to TM$ a vector bundle morphism. It is possible to find a torsionless linear connection $\nabla$ on $TM$ such that $\nabla N=0$?

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### Formula for the curvature of an induced connection

Let $\pi_P:P\to M$ be a principal $G$-bundle on a manifold $M$ endowed with a connection $A$ and $\pi_Q:Q\to M$ be a principal $H$-bundle on a manifold $M$. Let $f:P\to Q$ be a morphism of bundles ...

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### Kernel of an integrable holomorphic dee-bar connection is a holomorphic vector bundle

I'm looking for references for the following fact, to pass on to a grad student. I think I can prove it, but it is a bit sloppy and I'd rather have something which is already written up.
Let $X$ be a ...

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### choices of connection in prequantization

In the definition of pre-quantization of representation $f\to \hat{f}$, (here $\hat{f}$ is Hermitian operator)of $C^{\infty}(M)$ on $L^2(M,L,\mu)$ where $\mu$ is Hermitian form, suppose that there ...

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### Anti-self-dual connections on CP^2

I'm learning Yang-Mills theory and its applications on 4-manifold.
I want to know that have someone computed all the anti-self-dual connections on principle
$SU(2)$ bundles over complex projective ...

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### comparison theorem for connections with regular singularities

This is something I've never understood.
Let me first recall the classical case, in which you start with a smooth algebraic variety $X$ over $\mathbb{C}$. One has the algebraic de Rham complex $\...

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### locally free sheaves and logarithmic connections

I know that, when $\mathcal{F}$ is a coherent sheaf on a smooth algebraic variety $X$ over a field $k$ equipped with a connection
$$
\nabla: \mathcal{F} \to \mathcal{F} \otimes \Omega^1_X,
$$ then $\...

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### Conjecture on homotopy groups of moduli space of self-dual connections

In the paper Stability in Yang-Mills Theories (1983), Taubes puts a (topological) bound on the Hessian of the YM-action on $S^4$. He consequently conjectured:
"The inclusion $\mathcal{M}_n\...

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### Connections on tangent bundles and double tangent bundles

This can be viewed as a sequel to my previous question on double tangent bundle. Where I learned that the double tangent bundle $TTM$ is not natural diffeomorphic to $\oplus^3 TM$.
Recently, I also ...

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### Chern class of a logarithmic connection

Let $X$ be a smooth complex projective algebraic variety and $E$ a line bundle on $X$. It is a classical result that if $E$ carries an integrable connection, then the first Chern class $c_1(E)$ ...

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### Lefschetz hyperplane section theorem for connections

Let $X$ be a projective, smooth, algebraic variety over a subfield of the complex numbers, and let $Y \hookrightarrow X$ be a smooth hyperplane section of $X$. The classical Lefschetz theorem claims ...

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### The (-)-Connection on a Lie Group

Is the geodesic exponential map for a Lie group with the (-)-connection a diffeomorphism? This connection is one of two flat connections introduced by Cartan and Schouten on a Lie group and has ...

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### How many flat connections has a line bundle in algebraic geometry?

Suppose $X$ is a projective variety over $\mathbb C$. I am happy to entertain more or different adjectives — I'm not looking for the most general statement, but rather to understand when and how ...

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### Flat connection, finite-dimensional space of covariant constant one forms

hallo,
I have the following question: Let $U\subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ be an open subset. Furthermore, let $\nabla$ be a flat connection on $U$ (not necessary Levi-Civita). How can one show that the ...

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### Why is it important that partial derivatives commute?

I am asking this in the context of differential geometry (specifically Riemannian).
When the Levi-Civita Connection is defined, we require that the torsion tensor is 0, which in local coordinates ...

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### flat connection

Suppose $p:P \to X$ is a projective bundle and $O(1)$ is the line bundle on $P$ restricting to $O(1)$ on each fibre. When is $p_*(O(1))$ flat on $X$?

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### Why do we use the less simple convention for the definition of a vector bundle connection?

For a (smooth) vector bundle $F$ over a manifold $M$, one normally defines a connection to be a linear map
$$
\nabla:\Gamma^{\infty}(V) \to \Omega^1(M) \otimes \Gamma^{\infty}(V),
$$
satisfying $\...

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### connections with regular singularities

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic zero, $X=\mathbb{G}_{m, k}=\mathrm{Spec}\ k[t, t^{-1}]$ the multiplicative group over k and $E=\mathcal{O}_X$ the trivial line bundle.
Consider the connection $\...

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### regular singularities

Hi friends,
Let me ask you about connexions having regular singularities. So imagine $X$ is some smooth algebraic variety over a subfield $k \subset \mathbb{C}$ and you have a locally free $\mathcal{...

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### Tensor contraction and Covariant Derivative

What is the importance and intuition behind the the contraction operator on tensors (or the trace of a matrix, for that matter)?
In addition, I see that one of the requirements for a covariant ...

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### cohomology of the Gauss-Manin connection

Let $U$ be a smooth algebraic variety defined over $k \hookrightarrow \mathbb{C}$. Let $\mathcal{E}$ be a locally free sheaf on $U$ equipped with an integrable connection
$\nabla: \mathcal{E} \to \...

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### decompose a connection

Is there any theorem which states any general linear connection can be decomposed into another linear connection plus the contortion tensor ?
i didn't find any References

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### Connection Transformation Formula; Degree 3 Cech Cohomology

While reading through Brylinski, as in all of my posts, I am trying to understand the following equation:
$ g_* \tilde{\theta} = \tilde{\theta} - g^{-1} dg$
Setting
I have a principal $B$-...

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### Intuition for Levi-Civita connection?

Levi-Civita connection is usually defined as the unique connection which is torsion free and preserves metric.
Question Is there some intuitively transparent constructive way to define it (or ...

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### 1-jet bundle on vector bundle with metric connection

Background
I'm working to simplify the Lagrangian formalism of classical field theory for the situation of a vector bundle with a bundle metric and a metric connection. Particularly, I want to ...

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### Open problems in sub-Riemannian geometry

What are some open problems in sub-Riemannian geometry?
I am interested especially in problems concerning connections and curvature, but any contribution is welcomed.

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### Interpretation of Curvature and Torsion

Dear all,
When dealing with General Relativity one uses the Levi-Civita connection with is torsion-free. Thus the commutator of the covariant derivatives yields
$[\nabla_\mu,\nabla_\nu]V^\rho = R_{\...

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### Is there a mathematical explanation for the Aharonov-Casher effect?

Recall that the Aharonov-Bohm effect can be interpreted mathematically as follows.
Consider an electromagnetic field A on some smooth manifold M, i.e., A is an element in the first differential ...

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### Hamiltonians which commute both as operators and as connections

This is something which I suspect is written up in introductory books on mathematical physics if I knew where to look. Suppose I have some parameters $t_1$, ..., $t_k$ ranging over a neighborhood in $\...

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### Does every stack with a connection admit an atlas with a connection?

Dear all,
Let $S$ be a scheme in characteristic $0$,
and let $\mathscr{X}/S$ mean a crystal in Artin stacks over $S$ in the sense of this handout, page 4, Definition 0.5, where we replace the scheme $...

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### complex vector bundles and curvature

Let us suppose that $X$, with a 2-form $\omega$. Suppose $J$ is an element of $su(2)$ such that $J^2=-e$ for $e$ the identity. Is there a necessary and sufficient condition on $\omega$ which will give ...

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### Line bundles with complex connection

Suppose that we have a complex manifold $X$, and a line bundle $L$ over $X$. It is known that the line bundles over $X$ are parametrized by their Chern class, the Chern class being the cohomology ...

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### Terminology of “covariant derivative” and various “connections”

I apologize for the long question. My ultimate aim is to understand the existing terminology and find appropriate terminology for covariant derivatives on vector bundles which generalizes to "...

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### Analytic Characterization of Parallel Transport of Fundamental Groups

(Note that I've edited the main body of the question to make it clear for other readers.)
Fix a principal $G$-bundle $\rho: P \rightarrow X$ and fix a point $p \in P_x$ in the fiber above $x \in X$. ...

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### A Follow-up About Connection Forms on Principal Bundles

In this question I asked about proving that a connection form $\alpha$ on a $\mathbb{C}^*$ bundle had to have $2\pi i(\alpha - \overline{\alpha})$ be exact. From the answer to that question I ...

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### Principal bundle connections

It is my understanding that a connection form on a principal G-bundle over a manifold X is defined to be a Lie algebra-valued 1-form $\alpha$ which reproduces the Lie algebra generators of the ...

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### Connections with compatible Hermitian products on complex line bundles

Let $X$ be a manifold, $L$ be a complex line bundle over $X$, and $L^{*}$ be the associated principal bundle. Suppose $\alpha$ is a connection form on $L^{*}$, with associated connection $D$ on $L$. ...

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### Are bundle gerbes bundles of algebras?

The category of line bundles (possibly with connection)
on a smooth manifold M can be defined in two different ways:
The first definition uses transition functions that satisfy a cocycle condition
(...

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### Geometrical meaning of the Ricci Tensor and its Symmetry

Let $M$ be a smooth, pseudo-Riemannian manifold with $\dim(M) \ge 2.$ Let $\nabla$ be any affine connection on $M$. No reason for it to be the Levi-Civita connection. All we assume is that it has zero ...

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### Symmetric Ricci Tensor

Let $M$ be a pseudo-Riemannian manifold. Assume that $M$ comes with a zero-torsion affine connexion $\nabla.$ There is no need for $\nabla$ to be the Levi-Civita connexion. Recall that the curvature ...