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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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### Do the values of the differential of a function on a Lie group with a single maximum span the Lie algebra?

Consider: a vector field $X=\nabla \phi$ on a compact, semi-simple, connected matrix Lie group $G$ where $\phi$ as a smooth scalar field on $G$ possessing only a single maxima which topologically is a ...

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### Do cotangent bundles have “bounded geometry”?

I have often heard the phrase "a manifold $M$ has bounded geometry" thrown around without ever seeing a precise definition of what this means. Apparent examples are compact manifolds and ...

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### What does it mean that the Hessian is proportional to the metric?

Let $(M,g)$ be a smooth manifold equipped with a metric tensor $g$, and $f\in C^\infty(M)$ a regular function (i.e., with nowhere vanishing differential).
Denote by $\mathrm{Hess}_g(f):=\nabla df$ ...

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### Angle sum of triangle in Schwarzschild solution [on hold]

Curvature of space is often intuitively explained as angles of a triangle not adding up to 180 degrees. I was wondering how well that applies in the context of General Relativity.
Suppose you have a ...

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### c-superdifferential is unique +cost function is differentiable, then the potential function is differentiable?

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold, $\mu$ and $\nu$ are two Borel probability measures, the cost function $c(x,y)=\frac{d^2(x,y)}{2}$.
It's well known that the infimum of the Kontorovich's ...

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### Reference for the Banach Manifold structure of $C^k(M,N)$

I'm completely new to the subject of banach manifolds and I'm looking for a reference of the following:
Let $M$,$N$ be smooth (=$C^\infty$) finite-dimensional compact manifolds. Consider the set ...

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### Witten's proof of Morse inequalities, question on eigenvalues?

See here. I present Theorem 6 and Corollary 7 as follows.
Theorem 6. For large $s$, $\Delta_s$ and $H$ have the same number of eigenvalues in the interval $[0, s^{-2/5}]$.
Corollary 7. $\dim ...

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### Zeta-Determinant for shifted Laplacians on the circle

Consider on the circle $S^1$ the operator
$$L := - \frac{\partial^2}{\partial \theta^2} + c$$
for some constant $c \in \mathbb{R}$.
What is its $\zeta$-regularized determinant?
This should be ...

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### Intuition behind the Morse inequalities?

Forgive me if this is sort of a vague question, but can someone supply me with their intuition behind the Morse inequalities?

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### Space of polynomially growing harmonic functions on a Lie group

There is a recent theorem by Kleiner (based on previous work by Colding & Minicozzi), that reads:
If $G$ is a finitely generated group of polynomial growth, then for every $d$ the space of ...

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### Check symplectomorphism property on infinitesimal generators

I stumbled over the following question:
First, let me give the basic definition of a symplectic group action:
Let $(M, \omega)$ be a symplectic manifold and $G$ a Lie group. A smooth action $\Phi:G ...

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### Are periodic billiard trajectories stable on a manifold with strictly convex boundary?

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian manifold with strictly convex boundary.
Let $\gamma:S^1\to M$ be a periodic billiard trajectory (geodesic in the interior and reclects specularly at the boundary).
...

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### Survey papers on the role played by PDE in mathematics

There are already several questions on Mathoverflow about the application of PDE to several other topics (e.g., algebraic and differential geometry and topology, number theory, harmonic analysis, ...

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### Triangles in rigid Riemann surfaces

Edit: We thank Vladimir Matveev for his comment on this post which leeds us to revise the question as follows:
Assume that $M_{g}$ is a compact Riemann surface with constant negative cuvature (That ...

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### Stabilizer subgroup in adjoint action [migrated]

Given $b \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$, how can I find the stabilizer $\text{stab}(b)$ for the adjoint action of $SU(n)$ on $\mathfrak{su}(n)$ given by $Ad_U(b) = UbU^{\dagger}$ without using coordinates? The ...

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### Analytical formula for topological degree

At the first page of the following article http://arxiv.org/pdf/1004.1018v1.pdf [edit: the formula on the arXiv differs from the formula in the published paper, and the formula displayed below is the ...

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### Intuition behind the Kodaira Vanishing Theorem?

As the question suggests, what is the intuition behind the Kodaira Vanishing Theorem? The Kodaira Vanishing Theorem says that the cohomology groups $H^q(M, L \otimes K_M)$ vanish for $q \ge 1$ when ...

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### Petrov type D spacetime

I have a rather general question about the Petrov type D spacetime.
The standard definition (also used in the official Wikipedia article) is that the Petrov classification is according to which Weyl ...

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### Hamiltonian flow local diffeomorphism?

I am currently reading Arnold's proof of the Darboux theorem in his book on classical mechanics and fail to understand some point.
The background
So he wants to show that any symplectic form is ...

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### Explicit metrics on non-compact Calabi-Yau threefolds

I would like to know which explicit metrics on non-compact Calabi-Yau (CY) threefolds are known.
For instance, an important class of such spaces can be constructed algebraically, including local ...

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### Space of piecewise geodesic paths

It is well-known that for any Riemannian manifold $M$, the spaces
$$H_x(M) = \Bigl\{ \gamma \in AC\big([0, 1], M\big) ~\Big|~ \gamma(0) = x, \int_0^T|\dot{\gamma}(s)|^2 \mathrm{d}s < ...

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### Poincare inequality for connected Lie groups

Let $G$ be a compactly generated second countable locally compact group, and let $\mu$ be a probability measure which is:
symmetric,
adapted (in the sense that there is no proper subgroup $H$ such ...

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### Partial differential equation from Kirchhoff system

I was seeking for the solution of following partial differential equation for two unknowns $\vec{u}(s,t), \vec{w}(s,t)$
$$\partial_t \vec{u} = \partial_s \vec{w} - [\vec{w} \times \vec{u}].$$
Using ...

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### Symplectic spectrum

I have a question about a step in the proof of the following theorem from symplectic geometry.
The theorem is: Given any ellipsoid $E:=\{ w \in \mathbb{R}^{2n}; \sum_{i,j =1}^{2n} a_{ij}w_iw_j \le ...

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### How to change the given metric if we want to add few extra isometries?

I have a Hilbert Space $X$ and a group $G$, which consists of bounded linear self-bijections of $X$ (if it helps, this group has a locally compact, but not compact topology). Is there a canonical way ...

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### Einstein metric for simply connected Riemannian manifold, diffeomorphic to 3-sphere?

If we can construct an Einstein metric for a simply connected Riemannian manifold, why does it necessarily follow it is diffeomorphic to the $3$-sphere?

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### Permutable (Lie) subgroups

Let's recall that, a group $G$ being given,
two subgroups $A,B\subset G$ are called
permutable iff $AB=BA$ for the Minkowski
law. It is straightforward to see that $(A,B)$
are permutable iff $AB$ ...

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### Oriented volume and determinants: Circularity [duplicate]

One often reads about oriented volumes as a motivation for determinants. In two dimensions you can scetch some nice pictures which may convince students that it is a good idea to have a closer look at ...

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### Linear vs smooth actions of finite groups on spheres, euclidean spaces and closed disks

I would like to know examples (with references, if possible) of the following:
(1) a finite group $G$ acting effectively and smoothly on a sphere $S^n$ (any $n$) but admitting no effective linear ...

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### SO(n) orientable? [migrated]

I have to answer the question whether $SO(n)$ is orientable or not...Actually I have no idea - could someone help me?
I already know that $SO(n)$ is a $n(n-1)/2$-dimensional manifold, but how can I ...

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### Isotropic subvarieties of $ V(x_1^2+\dots+x_n^2-t_1^2-\dots-t_n^2) $

Let $ K $ be a field, $ \operatorname{char} K = 0, $ let $ Q = x_1^2+\dots+x_n^2-t_1^2-\dots-t_n^2 $ be the totally isotropic form, then the maximal linear isotropic
subspaces of $ V(Q) \subset ...

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### Non-flat totally geodesic surfaces

I'd like to know whether a Riemannian symmetric space of compact type admits a non-flat totally geodesic surface. I've found an article by Mashimo on the classification of these surfaces for certain ...

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### References on quaternionic geometry

Is there any analog, in the quaternionic setting, of Kahler potentials?
In particular I'm interested in a similar construction of the Fubini-Study 2-form on $\mathbb{P}^1(\mathbb{C})$ over the ...

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### Why is a negatively curved cone surface locally CAT(-1)?

Recently I'm reading a paper about the rigidity of negatively curved cone surfaces written by S. Hersonsky and F. Paulin. The authors said that a negatively curved cone surface is locally CAT(-1). But ...

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### What dimension bound is known on the singular set of a linear combination of eigenfunctions of Laplacian?

Let $(M,g)$ be a smooth, closed Riemannian manifold and suppose that $\phi_1,\dots,\phi_m$ are eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on $M$. Write $f = \phi_1 + \dots + \phi_m$.
How big can the set ...

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### Huisken's distance comparison principle and type II singularities

I've been reading Huisken's paper on his distance comparison principle and he remarked that in particular his theorem rules out the formation of type II singularities. These are singularities where in ...

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### Limiting behaviour of the symplectic form

It is well known that the coadjoint orbits of the Heisenberg group (with a suitable choice of coordinate system) are the planes $z=c\ne 0$ parallel to the $xy$-plane, and the points in the $xy$-plane. ...

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### Regularity of maps in algebraic topology for manifolds

Let $M$ be a $n$ manifold such that $\pi_k(M)$ is non trivial. What can we expect about the regularity of a representant $f:S^k\rightarrow M$ of a non-trivial cycle? For example, if $M$ is a manifold ...

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### Gradient on $SU(n)$

I'm trying to calculate the gradient (wrt to the bi-invariant metric) of the following functions $F_1, F_2 : SU(n) \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ defined by $F_1(U) = | Tr (G^{\dagger} U) |^2$, $F_2(U) = \Re ...

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### Ring of SO(n)-invariant differential operators on M_n,m

I'm reading through Stephen Gelbart's paper "A Theory of Stiefel Harmonics." (http://www.ams.org/journals/tran/1974-192-00/S0002-9947-1974-0425519-8/).
There comes a point in the paper (Lemma 2.8) ...

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### Difference between parallel transport composed with exponential maps along two different geodesics starting at the same point?

I asked this question on math.stackexchange too: it's not a homework problem, but something that came to my mind while thinking of commutation:
...

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### Construction of appropriate Morse functions

I am interested in the properties of connectedness of level sets of Morse functions. Let $M$ a compact smooth $n$-manifold, and $1\leq k<n$. Is it possible to construct $k$ Morse functions ...

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### Lie algebra cohomology with values in the ring of smooth functions of a $G$-manifold

Let $G$ be a connected Lie group with Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$ acting faithfully on a smooth, finite-dimensional manifold $M$. Let $C^\infty(M)$ and $\mathcal{X}(M)$ denote the ring of smooth ...

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### Reference request: $\mathcal{C}^\infty_c(M)$ is a topological vector space with the Whitney topology

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and let $\mathcal{C}^\infty(M)$ be the space of all smooth real valued functions with the (strong) Whitney topology. This space is a topological vector space iff $M$ is ...

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### Prove that the holonomies along any two homotopic paths are the same if the curvature of the connection vanishes [closed]

The proof is trivial in the Abelian case by the Stokes' theorem.How to prove it in the non-Abelian case?

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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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### Analytic Chern classes

I have two questions on Chern classes, following Huybrechts' Complex Geometry.
Are the analytic Chern forms just the elementary symmetric polynomials of the eigenvalues of the curvature?
I googled ...

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### Bochner-Weitzenbock formula for flat bundle Laplacian

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a compact Riemannian manifold and $(E, \nabla, \lambda, B)$ is the following data:
1) $E$ is a complex vector bundle over $M.$
2) $\nabla$ is a flat connection.
3) $B$ is a ...

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### lie derivative on complex manifold

Let $M$ be a complex manifold with complex structure $J$.
Then for any smooth vector field $X$ on $M$ can be splited into its holomorphic and anti-holomorphic components $X=Z+\overline{Z}$. For any ...