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“partition” of a smooth function in $\mathbb R^2$

This is a question asking for reference. I have a proof of the following. Let $f=f(x,y)$ be a smooth function in $\mathbb R^2$ which vanishes at the origin. Then there exist smooth functions ...
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what is the first eigenvalue of p-Lapacian on unit sphere S^n?

we know that the first eigenvalue of Laplacian on the Riemannian unit shpere $S^n$ is $n$, then what is the explicit expression for the first eigenvalue of $p$-Lapalcian on $S^n$? The $p$-Laplacian ...
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Ground State Degeneracy of 2+1D U(1) Chern Simons Theory?

I am a physics graduate student trying to understand more mathematical aspects of gauge theories. How can I understand ground state degeneracy of a simple Chern Simons Theory: 2+1D U(1) $S= \int_M ...
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Reconciling the affine grassmannian and the based loop group

I'm trying to reconcile the differences between the (algebraic) based loop group and the affine grassmannian. I once believed that I understood the relationship, but I just read a paper which has ...
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Kodaira dimension of co-adjoint orbit

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $a\in\mathfrak{g}^*$ (dual of Lie algebra of Lie group $G$). Then let $\mathcal O_a$ be a coadjoint orbit. Then every co-adjoint orbit is Kähler manifold and also ...
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Affine space structure on the space of Hermitian connections

I'm reading Gauduchon's paper Hermitian connections and Dirac operators. For a fixed almost-Hermitian manifold $(M, g, J)$ let $\mathcal A(g, J)$ be the space of connections $\nabla$ s.t. $\nabla g = ...
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What are the “correct” conventions for defining Clifford algebras?

I have three related questions about conventions for defining Clifford algebras. 1) Let $(V, q)$ be a quadratic vector space. Should the Clifford algebra $\text{Cliff}(V, q)$ have defining ...
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Existence of certain “nondegenerate” function and manifold topology

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold without boundary, not necessarily compact. Let $f$ be a real-valued smooth function on $M\times M$. We say $f$ is good if for any point $(x,y)\in M\times M$ with local ...
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Dropping the closed requirement from the symplectic manifold definition?

A symplectic manifold is a pair $(M,\omega)$, where $\omega$ is a non-degenerate closed two-form. When $M$ is compact, Hodge decomposition implies that such manifolds have non-zero second ...
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Hamiltonian potentials of holomorphic vector fields on modifications of Kahler manifolds

let $(M,\omega)$ be a compact Kähler manifold. Let $\mathfrak{g}=H^{0}(M,T_{M})$ be the Lie algebra of holomorphic vector fields on $M$.We can decompose $\mathfrak{g}$ as ...
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Global sections for a locally free sheaf over curves

Let $B$ be a complete algbraic curve of genus $g$, and $\mathcal{E}$ be a semi-stable locally free sheaf of rank $r$ over $B$. Assume that the slope of $\mathcal{E}$ is $\mu(\mathcal E):=\frac{\deg ...
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Boundedness Spectral Triple Axioms for de Rham Complex

In Connes' axioms for a spectral triple $(A,H,D)$, they have a representation of an algebra $A$ in bounded operators on a Hilbert space $H$, and (unbounded) operator $D$, such that $[D,a]$ is bounded. ...
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Uniqueness of scalar curvature

I'm reading Gromov's notes http://www.ihes.fr/~gromov/topics/SpacesandQuestions.pdf and at page 7 they say that there is a unique second order differential operator $S$ from the space of Riemannian ...
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Better Sobolev inequality holds in this case when assuming doubling and Poincare inequality?

Let $X$ be a Polish space and let $m$ be a locally finite Borel measure on $X$. Let $\epsilon$ be a strongly local, regular Dirichlet form on $L^2(X,m)$ with Domain $V :=\{f\in ...
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Curvatures preserved under the Kahler-Ricci flow

Maybe it is a trivial question. Is there any obvious reason that non-negative holomorphic bisectional curvature is preserved by (normalized) Kahler-Ricci flow, but non-negative Ricci curvature is not ...
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Is holomorphic 2-form on Moduli of Higgs bundle in Biswas' paper is non-degenerate

In Biswas' paper, Geometry of moduli of Higgs bundles, he defined a holomorphic 2-form on moduli of stable Higgs bundles, using Kodaira-Spencer map and Petersson-Weil metric. I want to know whether ...
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Is there any progress on Problem 13 (from Schoen and Yau)?

This is closed related to the question asked here. I wonder if there is any progress on Problem 13 from the "Problem Section" in Schoen and Yau, page 281, problem 13, which asks: Let $M_1$ and $M_2$ ...
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Calculating Exterior Distance from Measurements of Inner Geometry

Gauss has proven in his famous Theorema Egregium, that it is possible, to calculate the gaussian curvature from measuring angles and distances on the surface, irrespective of how the surface is ...
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Calculation in From Seiberg Witten to pseudo-holomorphic curve

I am reading the Taubes's paper: From From Seiberg Witten to pseudo-holomorphic curve. I don't know how to get the result (2.17) \begin{eqnarray*} ...
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Weinstein's local classification of Lagrangian foliations

In the paper "Symplectic manifolds and their Lagrangian submanifolds", Weinstein showed that locally all the Lagrangian foliations are symplectomorhic to the fiber foliation of a cotangent bundle. I ...
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A metric on $S^{2}$ [closed]

Edit:Can this new version of this question be answered with the method of same comments to the previous version? Let $p:S^{3}\to S^{2}$ be the Hopf fibration $p(z,w)= (\parallel ...
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Take contraction wrt a vector field twice and define kernel mod image. Does that give anything interesting?

I apologize in advance if this question is too vague for mathoverflow. My main aim is to get some references for a concept. First, we make the following observation: let $X: M \rightarrow TM $ be a ...
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Convergence of Selberg type Zeta function

Let $X=G/K$ be a Riemannian symmetric space without compact factor. We can assume $G$ is connected and real reductive. $K$ is a maximal subgroup of $G$. Let $\Gamma$ be a discrete torsion free ...
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Tangent space describes the manifold's first order characteristic. Is there something like tangent space describes higher order characteristic?

I'm learning differential geometry. I'm curious that when we learned analysis, we learned higher order derivative, while in differential geometry, first order derivative is generalized to element of ...
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Generalized metric on spacetimes

I read many articles about space-times. Most authors consider these spaces as warped product manifolds $I\times M$ where $I$ is an open connected interval of the real line and $M$ is a Riemannian ...
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Slice a compact C1 surface in R3 by a moving transverse plane. Does the length of the slice depend C1 on the plane?

To be more precise I am interested in questions similar to the one below (I asked the question below on math.stackexchange last week but got not answer.) I have a $C^1$ function $f:[0,1]^2 \to ...
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Geodesics on a perturbed submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^m$ [closed]

Let us consider $M$, a Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$, isometrically embedded in $R^m$. Let us consider a geodesic $\gamma$ on $M$. Now, let us "perturb" (in other words, change slightly the ...
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Is there an English translation of Minding's 1839 paper?

Is there an English translation of "Wie sich entscheiden lässt, ob zwei gegebene krumme Flächen auf einander abwickelbar sind oder nicht..." by Ferdinand Minding, Journal für die reine und angewandte ...
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Unipotent representations of SL(2,R) by quantization

I'm a PhD student in mathematical physics and I happen to need some elements of Kirillov's "orbit method" for producing representations of Lie groups. I'm familiar with symplectic geometry, geometric ...
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An example of mean curvature flow that does not preserve embeddedness

Let $F: M^n \to \mathbb R^{n+k}$ be an embedding and $F_t$ be a families of immersions so that $F_0=F$ and $$\frac{\partial F_t}{\partial t} = \vec H$$ It is known that in hypersurface case ...
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Log of heat kernel for positive time

A well-known theorem by Varadhan relates the logarithm of the heat kernel on a manifold and the geodesic distance function. In particular, if $d(x,y)$ is geodesic distance from $x$ to $y$ and ...
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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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Monge-Ampere type PDE

NB: I have edited this question to clarify what the OP is asking – Robert Bryant Problem: Find a holomorphic function $f$ where where $f(x+iy) = u(x,y) + i\,v(x,y)$, such that the graph $\Gamma_u = ...
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Reference for when a metric on a four-manifold is Kahler?

In a paper of Derdzinski (Proposition 5), he proved that if $\delta W^+=0$ and $W^+$ has at most two distinct eigenvalues, then the metric is (locally) conformally Kahler, and if in addition the ...
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Surfaces ruled through a subset of points

One common definition of a ruled surface $S$ is that, through every point $p \in S$, there passes a line $L(p)$ that lies in $S$: $L(p) \subset S$. My question is: Q0. Is there any loosening of ...
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Holomorphic Line Bundles over a Homogeneous Space

Let $M=G/H$ be (compact) homogeneous complex manifold, and let $L$ be a line bundle over $M$. Can one always equip $L$ with a holomorphic structure? Can there be more then one such holomorphic ...
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Horizontal lift of differential operator

On a Riemannian manifold $M$, there is a canonical horizontal lift $X^{\mathrm{hor}}$ of vector fields $X$ to $TM$, which is characterized by the two properties that $X^{\mathrm{hor}}$ is a ...
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Hilbert's Theorem relevance to positive curvature

In differential geometry, Hilbert's theorem (1901) states that there exists no complete regular surface S of constant negative Gaussian curvature K immersed in $ R^3 $. This theorem answers the ...
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Topological restrictions from mean curvature bounds

Alexandrov's Theorem says that a compact constant mean curvature hypersurface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ must be a round sphere. What happens when the mean curvature is small, or bounded? (For ...
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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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Does this squared distance functional have a unique critical point on geodesically convex manifolds?

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold with distance function $d$, $C \subset M$ a geodesically convex set, $a=(a_i)_{i=1}^n \in C^n$, $W \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}^{n \times n}$ and $J\colon C^n \rightarrow ...
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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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Are there nontrivial involutions of $S^7\times S^7$ with fixed point set homeo to $S^7$?

The group $\mathbb{Z}_2$ acts on $S^7\times S^7$ by switching the coordinates with fixed point set $\Delta(S^7\times S^7)\cong S^7$. I want to know whether there are some other $\mathbb{Z}_2$ actions ...
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The logarith map as a contraction [closed]

Two Questions: (1) Under what conditions(if any) can the logarithm map from a point on a Riemannian manifold, $q_1\in Q$, to the Tangent Space $T_{q_0}Q$, locally, be a contraction mapping? Or more ...
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Examples of Einstein four-manifolds of negative sectional curvature

Are there any nontrivial compact Einstein four-manifolds of negative or nonpositive sectional curvature? by nontrivial we mean not quotients of $\mathbb{H}^4$, $\mathbb{C}H^2$, ...
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Higher Cerf Theory

Morse functions on a manifold $M$ are defined as smooth maps $f:M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, such that at the critical points we can find local coordinates so that ...
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The relation between Gromov hausdorff convergence and inverse limit of compact metric spaces [closed]

The relation between Gromov hausdorff convergence and inverse limit of compact metric spaces.
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Is the identification between symmetric tensors and homogeneous polynomials useful?

The general question: Given an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$ over a field $k$, there exists an identification $$\mathrm{Sym}^d(V) \sim k[x_1, \dots, x_n]_d$$ between the space of symmetric order ...
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Dubins car shortest paths: Decidable?

A Dubins car follows a Dubins path in $\mathbb{R}^2$, with constant wheel speed and limited turning radius. It is known that the shortest Dubins path in the absence of obstacles follows circular arcs ...
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A simple question in Hitchin's paper “The Geometry of Three-forms in Six Dimensions”

I am reading Hitchin's beautiful paper "The Geometry of Three-forms in Six Dimensions". Everything goes smooth up to now except for a tiny problem in Section 6.2, which can be formulated as follows. ...