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Curvature of a Lie group

Since a lie group is a manifold with the structure of a continuous group, then each point of the manifold [Edit: provided we fix a metric, for example an invariant or bi-invariant one] has some scalar ...
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minimal surfaces in $S^n$

Thanks to Choi-Schoen theorem, we know that the space of embedded minimal surfaces into $S^3$ of fixed genus is compact. My question are simples: Can we remove the embeddness assumption? Can we ...
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Are there some intrinsic invariants of surfaces other than Gaussian curvature?

The principal curvatures of a surface is denoted by $\kappa_{1}, \kappa_{2}$. Let $P(x,y)$ be a polynomial with real coefficients. Assume that $P(\kappa_{1}, \kappa_{2})$ is an intrinsically ...
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Example of steady Ricci soliton whith indefinite or nonpositive Ricci curvature

I am looking for example of steady Ricci soliton with indefinite or nonpositive Ricci curvature. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks!
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Approximation with a more regular function and an inequality constraint

The motivation of the question comes from a geometric problem: can we approximate a $C^{1,\alpha}$ set $\Omega$ with positive curvature (in distributional sense) from inside with $C^2$ sets with ...
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Regularization by mean curvature flow

I have a $C^{1,\alpha}$ surface defined as the graph of some function $\varphi : B \to \Bbb{R}_+$ ($B$ is a ball). This surface has positive and bounded mean curvature in the weak sense (since the ...
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Techniques to solve a non linear differential equation related to curvature

Many years ago, I considered the following non linear differential equation: $y=y''.(1+y'^{2})^{-3/2}$ This equation expresses the equality between the value of a given function $y\in C^{2}(R)$ and ...
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Compressing a hypersurface on the sphere

Let $M^n$ be a compact, connected, orientable hypersurface of the unit sphere $S^{n+1} \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+2}$. Suppose $M$ is contained in the northern hemisphere $S_+^{n+1}$ and has nonzero ...
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On the curvature tensor with certain conditions

Let $(M^{n+m},g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and let $\lbrace X_1,...,X_n,Y_1,...,Y_m\rbrace $ be a locally orthonormal frame for $M$($3\leq n,m$). If we suppose the curvature tensor $R$ of $g$ ...
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Hermitic connections on complex line bundles with imaginary curvature form

It is a simple fact that if $L \to B$ is a complex line bundle endowed with an Hermitian product and a compatible connection $\nabla$, then the curvature $F_\nabla$ is imaginary (and so are the local ...
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When is a Riemannian metric equivalent to the flat metric on $\mathbb R^n$?

I'm looking for an easily-checked, local condition on an $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold to determine whether small neighborhoods are isometric to neighborhoods in $\mathbb R^n$. For example, for ...
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Differential geometric interpretation of cohomology

I'm not sure whether this is an appropriate question for this forum. I'm afraid that this is not a research level question however: 1. It's about reference request therefore the answer does not ...
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Regularity - mean curvature equation

In my research I arrived at the following equation: $$ \int_B \frac{\nabla u \cdot \nabla \varphi}{ \sqrt{1+|\nabla u|^2}}=\int_B f \varphi, (*)$$ for every $\varphi \in C^1(B)$, which is a weak form ...
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Manifolds with a lower degree of regularity

I've been reading a paper about regularity theory for a P.D.E in a non-smooth domain(see the reference below). There, the authors consider domains of $R^n$ with regularity of class $W^2 L^{n-1,1}$(...
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Holonomy of a Ricci-flat affine connection

There is some link between Ricci-flatness and reduction of holonomy. For example a Kahler manifold is Ricci-flat if and only if it has at most $SU(n)$ holonomy rather than $U(n)$, and it's apparently ...
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Flows associated with Killing fields

Let $M$ be a Riemann manifold and $p, q$ two points on a geodesic $\sigma$ which are isotropically conjugate. That is, there is a Jacobi field along $\sigma$ vanishing at $p$ and $q$ which is the ...
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A Converse to Cartan–Hadamard theorem?

Let $M$ be a complete Riemannian manifold, with the property that $\exp_p\colon T_pM \to M$ is a diffeomorphism for every $p \in M$. Can we say something about it's curvature? Is it true that its ...
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Soliton equation and non-killing potential vector field

I am searching for a non-Killing vector field $\zeta \in\frak X\rm (M)$ where $(M,g)$ is a Riemannian manifold such that $$\frac12 \frak L_\zeta \rm g+Ric=\lambda g$$ $$ \frak L_\zeta \rm Ric=\lambda \...
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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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Compact Eucledean hypersurfaces with “almost” constant H_k curvature

Let $M$ be an Eucledean $n$-dimensional compact hypersurface with constant $H_k$ curvature, where $k=1,...n$. A theorem by A.Ros tell us that so $M$ is an Eucledean sphere. Does anybody know if there ...
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Diameter of immersed surfaces with bounded from above mean curvature

Is the following true? I cannot see a counterexample and it seems very intuitively clear, at least in the embedded case. Claim: Consider the set $S$ of closed immersed Riemann surfaces $\Sigma \...
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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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On a conjecture about Riemannian metric with positive sectional curvature [duplicate]

What is the last status of the following conjecture? Is it still open? What partial or similar results are known up to now? Conjecture: $S^2\times S^2$ admits a Riemannian metric with positive ...
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What is known about Lie groups with positive(strictly) curvature?

If we consider $G$ a Lie group with left invariant riemannian metric its sectional curvature is nonnegative, when this metric is positive? I thought a little about and only found $SU(2)=S³$. In ...
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Obtaining the metric from the mixed Ricci tensor $R^i{}_j$

In chapter 5 of the book "Einstein Manifolds", Arthur Besse discusses the possibility to find the metric $g$ when knowing the Ricci curvature tensor $Ric(g)$ ($=R_{ij}$). But what do we know about ...
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Prescribing an induced metric

We know that, if we have a surface $z=f(x,y)$ with Euclidean space being ambient manifold, the induced metric is as follows (in matrix form): $$g=\begin{bmatrix} 1+\left ( \frac{\partial f(x,y)}{\...
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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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Classification of manifolds with ${\rm Ric}\geq 0$ wrt fundamental group

Note that $n$-manifolds $M$ with ${\rm Ric}\geq 0$ has a fundamental group of polynomial growth of degree $\leq n$ (proof : use Bishop volume theorem). (Here a group $\Gamma$ is said to have ...
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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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Convex embedding with a positivity condition

We have a $n$-dimensional hypersurface $\Sigma$ embedded in the Euclidean $(n+1)$-space $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. We know that $\Sigma$ is compact without boundary, convex (not necessarly strictly convex), ...
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Calculating the Riemann Christoffel tensor for a diagonal metric

I am trying to calculate the entries of the Riemann curvature tensor $R^m_{\phantom{m}ijk}$ for the metric $g_{ij}$. The Riemann-Christoffel tensor is given as \begin{align} R^m_{\phantom{m}ijk} = \...
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The Laplacian of an expression involving the Ricci tensor

While doing some computations on a compact Riemannian manifold I have reached the following expression: $$ \Delta_y \big( Ric_y (\exp_y ^{-1} x, \exp_y ^{-1} x) \big) (x)$$ where $\Delta_y$ is the ...
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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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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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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 $$ r(...
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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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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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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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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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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 $\int_{\Sigma}\...