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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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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 ...
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Are non-linear connections with linear holonomy, linear?

Let $\pi\colon TM\to M$ be the tangent bundle of a differentiable manifold, let $E=TM\backslash 0$ be the slit tangent bundle, and let $V_eE$ be the kernel of $\pi_*$ at $e\in E$. The set ...
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Symmetries of non-Riemannian curvature tensor

The curvature tensor, $R_{ab}{}^c{}_d$, can be obtained from a connection which not necessarily is a metric connection. By construction it is antisymmetric in the first two indices, since roughly ...
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semi flat connections

Let $L\to V$ be complex line bundle and $F_{t}:V\to V$, $t\in [0,1]$, be a loop of diffeomorphisms, $F_0=F_1=$ identity. For every $x\in V$, we get a loop $\gamma_x(t)=\{F_t(x)\}$ whose class in ...
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How algebraic is the holonomy map?

Let $G$ be either a compact, simple, simply-connected Lie group, or a simply-connected complex reductive group (so either $SU(n)$ or $SL(n,\mathbb{C})$, for instance), or even complex affine. I don't ...
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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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residue formula for connections on curves

Let $X$ be a smooth, projective curve over a field $k$ (characteristic zero is enough for me) and $E$ a line bundle on $X$. Assume that $E$ is equipped with an integrable logarithmic connection ...
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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 and reduction of the structure group

I apologize for this question which is not really research-level, but I don't get any answer on mathStackExchange, and I asked a professor in my university... which couldn't find the solution. I am ...
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Special connection of vector bundle over real manifold

Let $E \rightarrow M$ be a vector bundle over a smooth manifold $M$ and let $g$ be a bundle metric. Does there exists a conection (maybe unique) $\nabla$ which is compatible with $g$. By this I mean: ...
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Does the monodromy of such VHS have to be trivial

Consider a variation of polarized Hodge structure on a punctured disk. Suppose that connection preserves Hodge filtration (which is much stronger, than Griffiths transversality). Moreover assume that ...
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What is the space for the coefficients of the connection 1-form of a connection in a vector bundle?

Let $E\to X$ is a a (smooth real) vector bundle with structure group some Lie group $G$. Suppose we have a (linear) connection $\nabla$ on $E$. Is it true that if $A$ is the connection 1-form of ...
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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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Correspondence between line bundles and $U(1)$-bundles: a possible mistake from physicists? [closed]

I am reading a paper written by physicists and they say the following: Let $(L,h,\nabla)$ be an holomorphic Line bundle equipped with a hermitian metric $h$ and Chern connection $\nabla$. If ...
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Metric, torsion free connections on principal bundles

I hope this is not too elementary, but I have asked this question at the math.stack site, but I have obtained no answers. Let $F(M)$ be the frame bundle of a $n$-dimensional differentiable manifold ...
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Ricci Curvature and the Chern Class of the Levi-Civita

For a (compact) Kahler manifold $M$, the Ricci tensor is the symmetric $2$-form $$ r(u,v) = \text{tr}\big( w \mapsto (D_wD_u - D_uD_w - D_{[u,w]})v\big). $$ The Ricci curvature is the $2$-form $$ ...
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Differential forms along the fiber

Let $E \to M$ be a smooth fiber bundle. Instead of differential forms defined on the whole tangent bundle $TE$ one could also consider forms on the vertical tangent bundle $VE$, i.e. forms defined on ...
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Is there a way to define a Lie derivative of a connection?

I've been reading a little bit about the definition of symmetries on General Relativity, and they are related with the concept of Killing vector, i.e., vectors along which the Lie derivative of the ...
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Wedge product of Endomorphism-Valued Forms

To define characteristic classes in smooth vector bundles $E\longrightarrow M$ there is a more or less standard procedure: to choose a connection $\nabla$ and to derive the curvature $\Omega$, which ...
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Yang-Mills Functional and Energy

I have a question about the meaning of Yang-Mills Functional. It is stated everywhere that the Yang-Mills Functional is a measure of energy. But the formal definition of the Yang-Mills Functional is: ...
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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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Unifying Geometry for Characteristic Classes

When working with characteristic classes (more concretely Chern classes), one finds at least four essentially distinct approaches: Axiomatic Approach. See, for instance, Vector Bundles and K-Theory, ...
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Parallel Ricci condition - Status report and bibliography

First I'd like to point out that I'm not a mathematician but a physicist. Dealing with a (hopefully) new affine theory of gravity we have find that the equation of motion are not the usual Einstein's ...
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pull-back connection

I have a question related to the definition of the pull-back connection, more specifically about its uniqueness or the canonical way to induce it. The definition that one finds in general goes ...
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Manifolds admitting flat connections

For each Riemannian manifold one can construct the Levi-Civita connection. While this connection is unique, we can call a (Riemannian) manifold flat if the Levi-Civita connection is flat. However when ...
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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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Symplectic form on moduli space of connections

Let $M$ be the moduli space of flat $GL(n,\mathbb{C})$ connections on a compact oriented surface, and $\alpha$ the natural symplectic form on it. Is there any known construction of a bundle with a ...
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The “Rolle theorem” for sections of a vector bundle

1)Assume that $E\to M$ is a smooth real vector bundle and $\nabla$ is a connection. (We do not assume any metric compatibility since we do not fix a metric on $E$). Assume that ...
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Analogy between connections and $\ell$-adic sheaves: what happens with the residue?

There are many analogies between $\ell$-adic sheaves on varieties over finite fields and vector bundles with connections on varieties over fields of characteristic zero. I would like to know what is ...
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reference for Levelt-Turritin

Can anybody recommend a good reference to learn the Level-Turritin decomposition theorem of formal connections? An intuitive description of what it says would also be very appreciated.
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Are constant connection coefficients uniquely determined by the (1,3) curvature coefficients?

Suppose that on a certain coordinate system the coefficients $\Gamma^i_{jk}$, $i,j,k=1,\cdots, n$, of a linear connection are constant. We do not require compatibility with a metric, however I am ...
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Connections on a Lie Group

A Lie group $G$ can be considered as a reductive homogeneous space in at least two different ways; $G/\{e\}$ and $G\times G/G^*$. In the first case, the canonical connection associated with the ...
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Decomposition of Lie subspaces

If $M=G/H$ is a reductive homogeneous space then we can write $\frak{g}=\frak{m}+\frak{h}$ where $[\frak{h}, \frak{m}]\subset \frak{m}$. Here $\frak{g}$ and $\frak{h}$ are the Lie algebras of $G$ and ...
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A cohomology group which depends on the connection

Warning: I am not a differential geometer, so some of the following might not make sense. Background: Let $w: (T\Omega)^k \to \mathbb{R}$ be a $k$-tensor on $\Omega$, an open subset of ...
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Decomposing connections on extensions of the frame bundle

I have posted this question on math.stackexchange, without success. I'll make it brief: Let $E\rightarrow M$ be an orientable vector bundle of rank n equipped with some Riemannian metric, ...
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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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A 3-connected graph property by Tutte

Tutte (1961): A graph $G$ is $3$-connected if and only if there exists a sequence $G_0, ...,G_n$ of graphs that have the following two properties 1) $G_0 = K_4$ and $G_n = G$ 2) $G_{i+1}$ has an ...
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connections on principal bundles over $S^1$

Suppose $G$ is a compact connected Lie group and $P$ is a $G$-bundle over $S^1$, $A$ is a connection. Then we can choose a frame such that $A = a d\theta$ where $a\in \mathfrak{g}$ is constant. My ...
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a technical question on the definition of connections with regular singularities

Let $X$ be a quasi-projective variety over a field $k$ of characteristic zero. A good compactification of $X$ means a projective variety $\overline{X}$ containing $X$ as the complement of a simple ...
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regular singularities and comparison isomorphism

Let $X$ be a smooth variety over some field $k \subset \mathbb{C}$. By a theorem of Grothendieck, one has a canonical isomorphism of complex vector spaces $$ \mathbb{H}^j(X, \Omega_{X/k}^\bullet) ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...