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Fundamental Group of SL_2 [on hold]

I am thinking whether there is a simple criterion or visible method to know the fundamental group of SL_2(R), or SL_2(F) with an arbitrary field F. Because SL_2(R) is already a 3-dimensional ...
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Simultaneous integral equation on $SU(n)$

Consider a curve $U_s:[0,T] \rightarrow SU(4)$ which solves: $\frac{d U_s}{ds} = (a + w(s)b)U_s$ for some given $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ and a smooth real, bounded function $w: [0,T] \rightarrow ...
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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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Laplace-Beltrami and averaging

For a Riemannian manifold $M$ with metric $g$ and Laplace-Beltrami operator $-\Delta_{g}$, what conditions on $M$ guarantee that $-\Delta_{g} u(x)$ measures the difference between $u(x)$ and the ...
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Second order estimates of Monge-Ampere equations

In order to prove existence of solutions of real and complex Monge-Ampere equations in various modifications (e.g. as in the Calabi problem) one often uses the method of a priori estimates. One of the ...
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Is $(X_G, d_G)$ , compact manifold?

Let compact topological group $G$ acts on $(X,d)$ . We define a relation $\sim$ on $(X, d)$ as follows: for $x,y\in X$: $$x\sim y \Leftrightarrow x=gy \ \text{ for some } g\in G.$$ It is clear that ...
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Curves on $SU(4)$ whose adjoint action on $\mathfrak{su}(4)$ integrates to $0$

Given $\xi \in \mathfrak{su}(4)$ and positive $T \in \mathbb{R}$, is it possible to find all smooth curves $U_s \in SU(4)$ with $U_0 = I$ such that $$\int_0^T U_s \xi U_s^{\dagger} ds =0\; ?$$
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Definition of $k$-precosymplectic manifold

A precosymplectic manifold of rank $2r$ is a triple $(M,\omega,\eta)$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold of dimension $2m+1$, $\omega$ is a closed 2-form on $M$ and $\eta$ is a closed 1-form on $M$ such ...
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Perturbations to a vector field

I ran into some problems while working through a proof of the Poincare-Hopf theorem that essentially boiled down to the following question: given a smooth vector field $V$ on a (compact Riemannian) ...
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Non trivial rank 2 holomorphic vector bundles in complex dimensions greater than or equal 2

Does every compact complex manifold of complex dimension greater than or equal two possess a nontrivial rank 2 holomorphic vector bundle?
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Research situation in the field of Information Geometry

I am now doing an article survey on the field of information geometry started by S.Amari and Barndorff-Nielson. I want to know some research situation in this field. I have read (4) and parts of (3). ...
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Anosov representations and boundaries of (harmonic) maps

Let $\Sigma_g$ be a closed hyperbolic surface and $\rho\colon\pi_1\Sigma_g\to G$ an Anosov representation into a suitable Lie group. By definition of Anosovness, one has a $\rho$-equivariant ...
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Advanced Differential Geometry Textbook

I tried this post on StackExchange with no luck. Hopefully the experts at MathOverflow can help. In algebraic topology there are two canonical "advanced" textbooks that go quite far beyond the usual ...
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A compact Alexandrov space with curvature bounded below has curvature bouneded above?

For a compact Riemannian manifold, Since the curvature tensor is continuous, we know that the sectional curvature is bounded, i.e. bounded above and below. Now let $M$ be a compact Alexandrov space ...
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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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For a 3-manifold $Y$, when does $Y\times S^{1}$ admits a Riemannian metric with positive scalar curvature?

Let $Y$ be an orientable, smooth 3-manifold and let $X=Y\times S^{1}$. My question is that: when does $X$ admits a Riemannian metric with positive scalar curvature? An obvious case is when $Y$ ...
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Representing rational homotopy class by geometric objects

Given a smooth manifold $M$, we can study its rational homotopy type by looking at differential forms. I am wondering if there is a way to represent each $rational$ homotopy class by geometric ...
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Comparing Dirichlet energy and area of a Surface-immersion

Let $(F,g)$ be a closed Surface, $(M,h)$ a Riemannian 3-Manifold and $f: F \to M$ a smooth immersion. Denote by $f^*(h)$ the pullback metric on $TF$ induced by $f$ and let $dV_g$ and $dV_{f^*(h)}$ be ...
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Detecting torsion-classified bundles by differential invariants

The following is based on a loose understanding of the nuts and bolts that go into Chern-Simons theory, so bear with any vagueness on my part. Suppose I have a principal $G$-bundle $P\to M$ and I ...
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Does an analytic tensorial Lie structure on $S^2$ gives a fiberwise Abelian Lie algebra structure?

Motivated by the answer to this question we ask: Is it true to say that for every real analytic tensorial Lie algebra structure $\alpha$ on $\chi^{\infty}(S^2)$, all fibers are necessarily ...
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Are ultralimits the Gromov-Hausdorff limits of a subsequence?

Let $(M_i,p_i)$ be a sequence of $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifolds with lower Ricci curvature bound $-1$. Fix a non-orincipal ultrafilter and let X be the ultralimit of the sequence. Does there ...
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Manifold_Lie algebra compatibility

In this question we try to improve some parts of this post as follows: What is an example of a manifold $M$ and a Lie algebra $L$ (with the same dimension) such that $M$ does not admit ...
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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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How to estimate the Lipschitz constant of $\exp_x(\nabla f(x))$?

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold, $f$ is a $C^2$ function on $M$. Then how to estimate the Lipschitz constant of the function $\exp_x (\nabla f(x))$? Since $|\nabla^2 f| \leqslant C$, then ...
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Riemannian metrics preserved by diffeomorphisms

Let $f \neq Id$ be a diffeomorphism (of a smooth manifold $M$) which admits some Riemannain metric on $M$ making it an isometry. How many different metrics are preserved by $f$? Note that ...
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Parameterizing rotations of a cube [closed]

For $g\in\mathrm{SO}(3),S\subseteq \mathbb{R}^3,$ define $g\cdot S:=\{g\cdot p : p\in S\}.$ In words, if $g$ is a rotation of $\mathbb{R}^3$, $g\cdot S$ is the set of elements of $S$ rotated by $g$. ...
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When is a conformal class equal to a conformal orbit?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$. Let $\text{conf}(M,g)$ denote the conformal group, i.e. the subgroup of diffeomorphisms of $M$ that acts by conformal transformations relative to ...
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Differential geometry without the Hausdorff condition or the second axiom of countability

I would like to know how the standard differential geometry of manifolds would change if we didn't assume the Hausdorff condition and/or the second axiom of countability. There are some simple things ...
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How does one identify flow lines on a vector bundle with those on the base in Morse theory?

In Chapter 4.2 of Schwarz's book on Morse homology there is a brief discussion of Morse theory on the total space of a smooth vector bundle $E \to M$. In particular, one can take the Morse function ...
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Vector Fields in a Riemannian Manifold

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a Riemannian manifold. Is there a way to classify manifolds where there exists a vector field that commutes with the laplace beltrami operator? Thanks
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Is there a geometric proof for the upper semicontinuity of fiber dimension in algebraic geometry?

One of the first theorems encountered in algebraic geometry is the upper semicontinuity of fiber dimension: Let $ f : X \to Y $ be a surjective regular map between irreducible varieties with ...
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Is it possible for a metric on a smooth manifold to be smooth?

Are there any smooth manifolds $M$ with the following property: There exist a realizing metric $d$ (i.e $d$ induces the topology on $M$), and $d$ is smooth on all of $M \times M$? If not, is it ...
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Was this particular case of the tube formula known before Weyl and Hotelling?

The tube formula is a really nice result in differential geometry which relates the volume of the tubular neighborhood of a submanifold to its intrinsic geometry. It has been proved by Weyl in 1939 ...
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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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Integral curves on non compact manifolds [closed]

Define a vector field on $\mathbb{R}^d$ by $X = \frac{\partial}{\partial x_{d}}$. That is a vector field that always points upward along the $x_{d}$-axis. Consider starting at any point $p \in ...
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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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Volume form on pair (X,D)

Let $X$ be a singular Kahler variety with Kahler current $\omega $ then the volume form is $\omega^n$. Now let $D$ be a divisor then how can we define volume form on pair $(X,D) $?
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Generalising the parametric transversality theorem to a foliation

The parametric transversality theorem states that, given a parameterised family of smooth maps of $C^{\infty}$ manifolds $\phi_s:M \rightarrow N$ and a submanifold $R < N$ then for almost all ...
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Orientability of Surfaces and the Fundamental Group [closed]

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact riemannian 3-manifold and $\Sigma \subset M$ an embedded compact surface homeomorphic to the projective plane. Consider the application $i_\#:\pi_1(\Sigma)\to \pi_1(M)$ given ...
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Orbits of Metrics under the Action of the Diffeomorphism Group

Consider the $n$-sphere $$ S^n = \{x\in\mathbb{R}^{n+1}: 1 - \sum_{k=1}^{n+1} x_k^2 = 0\}, $$ and let $g_1$ be the induced metric. Given $\lambda\in\mathbb{R}^{n+1}_{>0}$, we have the ellipsoid $$ ...
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Open questions in “Spin geometry”

This is a very naive question. I have the impression that the area of "Spin geometry" is not an active research field. Sure Spin geometry is used in many different branches of mathematics and physics ...
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How can we define constant scalar curvature Kahler or cscK on pair $(X,D)$

A Kahler metric $\omega$ with cone singularities along divisor $D$ with cone angle $2\pi\beta$ is said to be of constant scalar curvature Kahler or cscK if its scalar curvature $S(\omega)$, which is ...
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Poisson Manifold Structures on Even Dimensional Spheres

The $2n$-sphere, for $n=1,2,3$, possess a (non-trivial) Poisson manifold structure. Is this still true for $n > 3$? Describing the spheres as homogeneous spaces $SO(n)/S(n-1)$, are there Poisson ...
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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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Automorphism group of closed projective surface of negative Euler characteristic

Let $M$ be a smooth surface and $[\nabla]$ a projective structure on $M$, that is, an equivalence class of torsion-free connections on $TM$, where two such connections are called projectively ...
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A questions related to the Markus conjecture for special affine manifolds

An affine manifold $M$ is called special if there is a parallel volume form $\omega$ on $M$, and a nowhere vanishing vector field $\mathcal{V}.$ Here we need to point out that any affine manifold of ...
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Conditions on a Lorentzian manifold to ensure existence of global proper-time foliation?

I am wondering what conditions a Lorentzian manifold $(M,g)$ must satisfy to ensure the existence of a global proper-time foliation (i.e. a decomposition of $M$ into spacelike Cauchy hypersurfaces and ...
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Group of real analytic isometries of $g$-fold product of the Poincare upper half plane

Let $\mathfrak{h}^g$ be the cartesian product of $g$ copies of the Poincare upper half plane. We endow $\mathfrak{h}^g$ with the usual Poincare metric given in local coordinates by $ds^2=\sum_{i=1}^g ...
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Generalising the Penrose Twistor Fibration

As is well known, there exists a fibration $\mathbb{CP}^3 \to S^4$, of the four sphere by complex projective $3$-space, called the Penrose twistor fibration. Does this fibration admit a "canonical" ...
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Four-dimensional vector bundles over $S^4$, intuition?

I know that $\pi_3(SO(4)) = \mathbb{Z} \oplus \mathbb{Z}$. We can choose an explicit identification as follows: given $(i, j) \in \mathbb{Z}$, we have a map $\phi: S^3 \to SO(4)$ which sends a unit ...