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### Parallel Transport on Hypersurface Spinor Bundle

So this has been driving me up a wall. I'm trying to digest parts of the Parker & Taubes paper, "On Witten's Proof of the Positive Energy Theorem." Here's a link:
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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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### Transferring connection information to associated bundles and back

This might not be research level but I've tried more than once to ask about this in MSE and it got nowhere. So I thought It's fair to at least try.
At the risk of repeating well known stuff I tried ...

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### Connection, compatible with type (1, 1) tensor field

I met with the following problem. Consider real manifold $M^{2n}$ with operator field $R$ (that is the tensor field of type $(1,1)$). We are to find a symmetric connection $\Gamma^k_{ij}$ such that ...

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### Aren't Riemannian geodesics also geodesics of the associated Cartan geometry?

I was inspired by R. W. Sharpe's book on doing differential geometry through Cartan connections. Unfortunately, the book is fairly thin in terms of specific examples in Riemannian geometry, so I ...

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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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### Vector bundle $L$ admits connection if and only if degree of every direct summand of $L$ divisible by $\text{char}\,k$, intuition

Consider the following theorem of Atiyah.
Let $X$ be a connected smooth projective curve over an algebraically closed field $k$. Then a vector bundle $L$ on $X$ admits a connection if and only if ...

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### Growth of norm of curvature under direct sum or existence of universal connection

For a Hermitian vector bundle E over a Riemannian $(X,g)$ and a unitary connection A we may define the sup norm of the curvature by:
$$\|R_A\|=\sup \{\| tracefree (R_A (v))\|_{op} \mid v \in \Lambda ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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
$$
r(u,v) = \text{tr}\big( w \mapsto (D_wD_u - D_uD_w - D_{[u,w]})v\big).
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The Ricci curvature is the $2$-form
$$
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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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### 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 ...