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### Curvature in geometry-interpretation

Previously this question was asked on stack exchange: the answer contained only reference to the wikipedia page which I already read (as mentioned in my post). So here is the question:
The are ...

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### Square of the distance function on a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M^n,g)$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold. Consider the square of the distance function
$$dist^2\colon M\times M\to \mathbb{R}$$
given by $(x,y)\mapsto dist^2(x,y)$. It is easy to see that this ...

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### Normal fields of geodesic spheres

This question is related to this one (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1383511/normal-curvature-of-geodesic-spheres) I've asked at math.stackexchange. Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian ...

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### Limited expansion of mean curvature of geodesic spheres

I am working with the Laplacian on a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ (compact, without boundary). In spherical geodesic coordinates $(r, \sigma)$ around some arbitrary $x \in M$ (where $\sigma$ denotes ...

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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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### The sign of the mean curvature on convex cones in three dimensions

my question is as follows. It is known that a closed smooth curve in $R^2$ is convex iff its (signed) curvature has a constant sign. I wonder if one can characterize smooth convex cones in $R^3$ in a ...

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### Bounding distance between geodesics in manifolds with nonpositive curvature

This is a duplicate of a question at the stackexchange which was not answered. I've recently read (in some notes by Mark Pollicott) the following related claims, which, although quite intuitive, I ...

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### Curvature tensor for a singular manifold

Given a manifold $M$ with its tangent space $TM$ and frame vector field $e \in TM$. However, the transition functions in this tangent bundle are non-smooth. Therefore, the Lie derivative of $e$ with ...

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### What is the relation between two Riemannian metrics with the same Riemannian curvatures?

Consider two flat Riemannian metrics on a manifold. What is the general relation between these two metrics if the manifold is not simply-connected? What is the answer if two Riemannian metrics have ...

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### Spherical cap is the only compact constant mean curvature surface bounded by a circle

I would like to see that the only compact rotationally invariant constant mean curvature surfaces with boundary a planar circle, are either a planar disk or a spherical cap.
This is stated in the ...

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### Can a cylinder be regarded as a Riemannian manifold? [closed]

Consider the surface of a bounded cylinder consisting of a top,bottom and side part together with the metric induced by the euclidean norm on $\mathbb{R}^3$. Can this space be regarded as a Riemannian ...

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### Space with $Ric \geq -(n-1)$

Note that hyperbolic space $H$ has $Ric=-(n-1)$. I want to know :
Question : Does there exists a simply connected open complete Riemannian manifold $M$ s.t.
(1) $ Ric\geq -(n-1)$ on $M$
(2) $ ...

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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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### Projective curves of constant curvature

A nodal projective curve in $\mathbb{CP}^2$ inherits a Kähler metric from the Fubini-Study metric, and hence a Riemannian metric. In particular, with respect to this metric, a line has constant ...

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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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### Gaussian Curvature of Exponentiated 2-Planes

Consider a Riemannian manifold $M$ with sectional curvatures $K\ge 0$ and let $\Pi$ be a 2-plane in the tangent space of $M$ at a point $p$. In a small enough neighborhood $U$ of 0 the exponential map ...

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### Variation of curvature with respect to immersion?

Let $M$ be a smooth surface and let $f: M \to \mathbb{R}^3$ be a family of immersions given by
$$ f(t) = f_0 + tuN_0, $$
where $f_0$ is some initial immersion, $N_0$ is the associated Gauss map, and ...

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### Vertices of Curves and Eigenvectors of Hessian

This might be a trivial question, but I can't seem to figure it out. Suppose I have an implicitly defined curve in the plane given by $f(x,y) = t$.
This curve is strictly convex, and feel free to ...

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### Exposition of the Calabi complex

I am interested in a complex derived by Eugenio Calabi in his article "On compact Riemannian manifolds with constant curvature".
The complex is referenced as "Calabi complex" in various citing ...

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### Can anyone give an example of Ricci flat Riemannian or Lorentzian Manifold that is not flat?

Does there exist a Ricci flat Riemannian or Lorentzian manifold which is geodesic complete but not flat? And is there any theorm about Ricci-flat but not flat?
I am especially interset in the case ...

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### curvature and volume growth

Let $M$ be a non-compact connected Riemannian manifold with $\mathrm{sec}_g=0$ and $\operatorname{vol} B(x,r)\geq c(n)r^n$ for any $r$, where $c(n)>0$. How to prove that $(M,g)$ is isometric to ...

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### Compact Riemannian manifold with maximum average distance

Given a compact connected Riemannian $2$-manifold $M$ with positive curvature (thus by Gauß-Bonnet, $M$ is diffeomorphic to a 2-sphere) and diameter 1, what is the supremum (as $M$ varies over all ...

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### Integral of Square of Mean Curvature

Let us assume $\text{H}$ is the mean curvature of a compact surface in $\mathbb E^3$ and $g$ is its genus.
When $g$ is arbitrary, we have $\int_{\mathbb S^2}\text{H}^2dV=4\pi$ and ...

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### Manifold with a quasi-positive curvature

As far as I know, in a simply connected compact manifold, still there exists no well-known obstruction for a manifold with a quasi-positive curvature to be a manifold with positive curvature.
But ...

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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 ...

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### holomorphic sectional curvature and total scalar curvature

In a paper of Heier and Wong, It is written that from a pointwise argument due to Berger does follow that the scalar curvature (and thus also the total scalar curvature) of a Kaehler metric of ...

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### volume of a submanifold implies bounds on curvature

I would like to ask the following question: Suppose an m-dimensional manifold in an n-dimensional euclidean space, choose some point on this manifold and take an n-dimensional ball of radius R centred ...

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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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### Surface analog of clothoid: curvatures covering $\mathbb{R}$

The clothoid $C$, a.k.a. the Euler spiral,
is one among many curves with
the property that its curvatures cover $\mathbb{R}$
in the sense that, for every $x \in \mathbb{R}$,
there is a point $p \in C$ ...

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### Negative curvature in the middle of $R^{3}$

What's a simple example of metric on $R^{3}$ which has negative scalar curvature inside of a (limited) set N, and is equal to the standard (Euclidean) metric outside?
Basically, I am asking for a ...

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### Can one (block) diagonalize the curvature matrix of 2 forms on a Riemannian manifold?

Let $M$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold, let $R$ be the Riemannian curvature operator, and let $p$ be a point in the manifold. With respect to any orthonormal basis of the tangent bundle at the point ...

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### Curvature of contour lines of a scalar field

How can I compute the curvature of the contour lines (equipotential lines) $\phi (\vec{r})=c$ for the scalar field $\phi (\vec{r})$ ? I expect the direction of the curvature vector to be along the ...

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### About Sectional Curvature [closed]

In a paper by Yann Ollivier:
Let $x$ be a point in $X$, $v$ a small tangent vector at $x$, $y$ the endpoint
of $v$, $w_x$ a small tangent vector at $x$, and $w_y$ the parallel transport of $w_x$ from ...

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### geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness

What is the geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness? We know that if the Riemann tensor at a point vanished, manifold is flat at this point. but I don't know When the Ricci tensor vanished at a point, ...

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### Geometric picture of scalar curvature

In first course differential geometry you learn, that Ricci-curvature is something like a mean-value of the curvature endomorphism, because it's a trace, and the scalar curvature is again a mean-value ...

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### Is there a combinatorial analogue of the Kazdan Warner theorem?

First let me state a result of Kazdan and Warner
Let $M$ be a compact orientable two dimensional manifold.
Let $f:M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function that has the same
sign as the Euler ...

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### A question on Ricci curvature and Ricci form.

It seems to me that there are two definition of Ricci flatness; real and complex ones. The real Ricci flatness claims vanishing of Ricci curvature. To define complex Ricci flatness, one needs to ...

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### Surfaces in a 3-manifold with the same Gaussian curvature with respect to two ambient conformal metrics

Let $M$ be a 3-smooth manifold and $g_{1}$ and $g_{2}$ two conformal metrics on $M$. Consider an immersed surface S in $M$ and let $K_{1}$ and $K_{2}$ be the Gaussian curvatures of $S$ with respect to ...

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### Strake's splitting theorem for complex sectional curvature

Strake's splitting theorem: Let $(M^n,g)$ be an open manifold with sectional curvature $K\ge 0$ and soul $\Sigma^k$. If the normal holonomy group of $\Sigma$ is trivial, $M$ splits isometrically into ...

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### curvature of curves in the space of gaussians measures

I have a sequence of symmetric positive definite matrices in $GL(n)$ (in my case, covariance matrices of some gaussians) and vectors $R^n$ (the mean of these gaussians). I consider this sequence to be ...

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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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### When is the hull of a space curve composed of developable patches?

Let $C$ be a smooth curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$ that lies entirely on its convex hull,
$\cal{H}(C)$.
Under what conditions on $C$ is $\cal{H}(C)$ the union of developable surface patches?
I believe ...

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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 = ...

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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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### History surrounding Gauss Theorema Egregium and differential geometry

I am teaching a class on elementary differential geometry and I would like to know, for myself and for my students, something more about the history of Gauss Theorema Egregium, that is the Gaussian ...

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### Flattening a corner in a convex $d$-polytope (into $d-1$ dimensions, without overlap)?

I'm interested in the following question, which seems to be assumed all over the place (at least for 3 dimensions) in convex geometry, and which I cannot find a proof of.
Suppose we have a corner ...