# Tagged Questions

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### Is the restriction map for embeddings of manifolds with boundary a fibration?

Let $M$ and $W$ be smooth manifolds (possibly with boundary) and $V\subseteq W$ a submanifold. We have a map between embedding spaces
$$Emb(W,M)\rightarrow Emb(V,M)$$ given by restriction.
Richard ...

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### Chern-Simons forms, characteristic numbers, and boundary terms?

For any principal $G$-bundle $P \to M$ with principal connection $\omega$, given a $G$-invariant polynomial $p: \mathfrak{g} \to \mathbb{R}$ we can construct a form $p(F_\omega)$ on $P$ which descends ...

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### Circle Action on Quaternionic Projective Space

Quoting from Wikipedia article on quaternionic projective space:
Therefore the quotient manifold
$$
\mathbb{HP}^{2}/\mathrm{U}(1)
$$
may be taken, writing $U(1)$ for the circle group. It has ...

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### Four Sphere Fibrations

Does there exist a manifold $M$ and a compact Lie group $H$ such that we have a fibration $H \to S^4 \to M$, where $S^4$ is the four sphere?

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### Holonomic splitting

I am reading the book "Introduction to the h-Principle" by Eliashberg and Mishachev. At the moment I try to understand the Section 1.7 Holonomic splitting on page 12 but without success. I do not ...

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### Local product structure of determinantal variety

The variety $X_n$ of singular $n\times n$ real matrices is stratified by smooth strata $X_{n,k}$ where $k$ is the rank. Choose a rank $k$ matrix $A\in X_{n,k}$. Is there a local diffeomorphism sending ...

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### Is it possible to write down the explicit expressions of some extensions of conformal vector fields on spheres?

Let X be a conformal vector field on the standard sphere $S^n$ with standard metric $g_{S^n}$, then there exists a unique conformal vector fields in the unit ball $B_1(0)\subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$, ...

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### Lifting a differential operator

Let $D$ be a differential operator acting between the spaces of smooth sections of two vector bundles $E,F$ over compact manifold $M$. If $M$ is not simply connected one can construct the universal ...

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### Solutions of equations characterizing a complex structure

Let $(S^n(1),g)$ be the round sphere and $J_{\delta , \beta}$ be an almost complex structure on $TS^n(1)$ with the definition
\begin{equation}
J_{\delta , \beta}(X^h)=\beta X^h + \alpha X^v,\\
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### Differential geometry [on hold]

If we have integrable distribution D of rank k on a manifold, and we have k functions which are zero homogeneous and constant on the leaves (basic functions). Can we glue together these functions to ...

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### Separating the points of projective spaces with real-analytic functions

Is there an easy way to separate the points of $\Bbb C \Bbb P^n$ or $\Bbb R \Bbb P^n$ (viewed as real-analytic manifolds) with real-analytic functions? If two points lie in a coordinate patch where a ...

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### Differential characters, Chern-Simons forms, and differential cohomology

I've read through the classic Chern-Simons paper where they introduce the Chern-Simons forms. These are differential forms whose exterior derivative gives you the characteristic forms for any given ...

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### Perturbating the boundary of a helicoid

I prepare a long helix with many periods, so that I can obtain a helicoid with soap film, i.e. a minimal surface whose boundary is the helix.
The helix is not perfect, it is unavoidable that some ...

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### The fibration map $Diff(M) \rightarrow Emb(N,M)$

Let $M$ be a non-compact manifold, equipped with a (closed?) submanifold $N\subset M$. The action of $Diff(M)$ on the set of embeddings $N\hookrightarrow M$ induces a map
$$
Diff(M) \rightarrow ...

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### Moduli space of complex Tori [duplicate]

Is there any explicit computation for the Weil-Petersson metric on moduli space of Tori of complex dimension n?

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### Some questions on the nodal geometry of Dirac operators

Let me begin by quoting a well-known result of Christian Baer (see here). The result goes as follows:
Theorem (Baer): Consider a connected $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with Dirac bundle $S$ ...

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### What is a foliation and why should I care?

The title says everything but while it is a little bit provocative let me elaborate a bit about my question. First time when I met the foliation it was just an isolated example in the differential ...

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### Unifying (& “justifying”) the various definitions for differential operators

Reading about differential operators in different sources I've picked up several definitions which are not obviously equivalent (to me). Here they are:
Definition 1 ("naive"): Let $X$ be a (real) ...

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### No normal coordinates on general Finsler manifolds

I recently read a footnote in Chern's article stating that a non-Riemmanian Finsler manifold does not possess normal coordinates.
As I'm still new to non-Riemmanian Finsler geometry I don't see why ...

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### Dirac bundle and spinor bundle

What is the difference between Dirac bundle and spinor bundle?Morever, every spinor bundle is Dirac bundle, is it true?

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### Algebraic Geometry needed for Kähler-Einstein metric

I am a Master's student interested in Differential Geometry / Geometric Analysis. Currently active research is going on in Kähler-Einstein / Extremal Kähler metric. I was wondering how much Algebraic ...

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### Symplectic orthogonality and projective duality: how do they work together?

Let $(V,\omega)$ be a $2n$-dimensional linear symplectic space, and $(\mathbb{P}V,\theta_\omega)$ the corresponding $(2n-1)$-dimensional contact manifold.
Given a smooth $(n-1)$-dimensional smooth ...

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### Can additivity of the Euler characteristic be interpreted in terms of the Poincaré–Hopf theorem? [closed]

Whenever there is a long exact sequence in homology induced by a short exact sequence of chain complexes one finds that the corresponding Euler characteristics are additive. For example, if $Y \subset ...

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### Glueing together functions defined on the leaves of a foliation

Even though my question can be asked for very general types of foliations, I am interesetd only in its answer for Poisson manifolds, which are what I am currently studying.
Consider a Poisson ...

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### Nash-type theorems for Poisson manifolds

My question comes as a natural follow-up of the previous one which concerned symplectic manifolds: if $(M, P)$ is a Poisson manifold, what embedding theorems are there into some target space (I am ...

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### How to prove that the Laplace oparator of the Heisenberg group is sub-elliptic?

The Heisenberg group $H^3$ is the set $\mathbb C\times \mathbb R$ endowed with the group law
$$ (z,t)\cdot(w,s) =\left (z+w, \,t+s+\tfrac{1}{2}\Im m(z \bar{w})\right). $$
For $z=x+ i y \in \mathbb C$ ...

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### Height function on 2-torus with only 3 critical points

It is well-known that a Morse function on $T^2$ has at least $4$ critical points, but also that there exist functions $f\colon T^2\to\mathbb R$ with only 3 critical points (the least possible number ...

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### The Operator $\overline{\partial} + \overline{\partial}^*$ on an Hermitian Manifold

Every compact Kähler manifold has a canonical $spin^c$ structure. Moreover, the associated Dirac operator is isomorphic to $\overline{\partial} + \overline{\partial}^*$, acting on ...

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### Does a $G$-structure on $M$ automatically descend to a contact $G$-structure on $\mathbb{P}T^*M$?

If $M$ is a real smooth manifold of dimension $n+1$, by $D\in\mathbb{P}T^*M$ I mean a tangent hyperplane at some point of $M$. I denote by $b$ the canonical projection of the $(2n+1)$-dimensional ...

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### Representation theory and associated bundles

I am looking for a text or set of notes that discusses the relationship between the representation theory of Lie groups and associated vector bundles, preferably using modern categorical language. For ...

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### Is there a Nash-type theorem for symplectic manifolds?

If $(M, \omega)$ is a symplectic manifold, is it possible to embed (or injectively immerse) it symplectically into a sufficiently large $(\Bbb R ^{2N}, \Omega)$, (with the usual symplectic structure)?
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### Weak $H^1$-limit of “almost conformal” maps

Let us consider a sequence of maps $\phi_n : (M, g) \to \mathbb{R}^k$, where $M$ is a surface. Let $\phi_n \to \phi$ weakly in the sense of $H^1$-norm, and let $\phi$ be non-trivial. Let $\mathcal{H}$ ...

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### Heat kernel asymptotics for small distances

I heard a talk where the speaker said that on a Riemannian manifold, for small values of $\text{dist }(x, y)$, the heat kernel $p_t(x, y)$ satisfies
$$p_t(x, y) = \frac{1}{(4\pi ...

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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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### Double-layer potentials on Riemannian manifolds

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold, and let $S \subset M$ be a smooth hypersurface which divides $M$ into two domains $D_1$, $D_2$. Let also $g \colon S \to \mathbb R$ be a smooth function ...

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### Marginally Trapped surfaces with constant Gaussian curvature

By marginally trapped surface I mean a spacelike surface in a 4-dimensional Lorentzian manifold such that the mean curvature vector is lightlike.
In my research I have stumbled across marginally ...

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### Intuition for the Cartan connection and “rolling without slipping” in Cartan geometry

Consider a Cartan geometry $\pi: \mathcal{G} \to M$ with Cartan connection $\omega$ modelled on the Klein geometry $(G, H)$.
The Cartan connection is supposed to formalize what it means to "roll ...

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### If the fibers of a submersion are connected, does it mean that any 2 sections are homotopic (locally on the base)?

Is the following fact known? If yes - what is the reference?
Let $\phi:X\to Y$ be a submersion of smooth manifolds with connected fibers.
Let $s_0,s_1:Y\to X$ be its (smooth) sections. Then, for any ...

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### Do the germs of local vector fields which are generated by a Lie pseudogroup form a Lie algebra?

Let $(M,g)$ a semi-Riemannian manifold, and let $\mathcal{G}$ a be Lie pseudogroup which acts by local isometries on $(M,g)$.
Clearly the germs of all local killing vector fields at $p \in M$ form a ...

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### Euclidean metric in spherical coordinates [closed]

I apologize if this question is not research level, but it has been asked on MSE before, and not received really satisfactory answers, for example, see here, and googling does not reveal anything ...

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### geodesic computation: “energy” minimization versus arc length minimization [migrated]

Is it true that applying the Euler-Lagrange equation to the integral
$E(\gamma)=\int_{t_1}^{t_2} g_{\alpha\beta}(\gamma^{\alpha})'(\gamma^{\beta})'\operatorname{d}\!t$ rather than the arc length ...

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### Hodge map and the Cohomology Ring of a Riemannian Manifold

For a compact Riemannian manifold $M$, we know that the Hodge map $\ast$ and Laplacian $\Delta$ commute. From Hodge decomposition and its implied isomorphism between harmonic forms and cohomology ...

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### Uniform continuity of length function on geodesic currents

I'm starting to study geodesic currents and I have a question concerning uniform continuity.
Let's take $S$ a closed surface of genus $g$ and $GC(S)$ the space of geodesic currents on $S$ (as it is ...

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### What kind of geometric object is the Pauli spin matrix vector $\vec{\sigma} = (\sigma_1, \sigma_2, \sigma_3)$?

Physicists routinely wrote all 3 Pauli spin matrices as a vector.
$$ \sigma_1 = \left( \begin{array}{cc} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0\end{array} \right) \hspace{0.25in}
\sigma_2 = \left( ...

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### Intersection of Subspaces with $O(3)$

Sorry for the confusion from earlier. I tried to fix the thread. The old version can be found below.
For $6$-dimensional subspaces $V$ of the space $\mathbb{R}^{3\times 3}$ of real three-times-three ...

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### Deligne-Hitchin twistor space

Let $M$ be the moduli space of stable holomorphic Higgs bundles on a Riemann surface $\Sigma$. By Hitchin s work it is equipped with a hyper-kaehler structure, and one can define its twistor space, a ...

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### Spectrum of the Laplace-Beltrami operator on a domain of finite volume in the hyperbolic space $H^n$

What is known about the ($L^2$) spectrum of the minus Laplace-Beltrami operator ($- \Delta$) with zero boundary conditions on $B =H^n/\Gamma$, where $H^n$ is $n$-dimensional hyperbolic space ...

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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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### Carre du Champ, Subunit Paths and CC-metrics

Let the operator $L$ be given by $Lf(x):=\nabla\cdot (A\nabla f(x))$, where $f:\mathbb{R}^d\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ belongs to a suitable class of functions $\mathcal{A}$. The carre du champ operator ...

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### Example of a non-Kähler manifold with varying plurigenera

Let $X \stackrel{\pi}{\to} \mathbb{D}$ be a proper holomorphic family with fibres $X_t = \pi^{-1}(t)$. Siu proved, when the $X_t$'s are projective, that the plurigenera $h^0(X_t, mK_{X_t})$ are ...