# Tagged Questions

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### Poincare lemma for non-smooth differentiable forms

The Poincare lemma is almost always formulated for differential forms with smooth coefficients (or sometimes for currents that have distributional coefficients). I would like to have it for ...

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### Monge–Ampère type equation

Let $B(x,y) \geq 0$ be a function defined for $x, y \geq 0$ such that $B(x,0)=B(0,y)=0$ and $B''_{xx}\leq 0, B''_{yy}\leq 0$ (i.e. it is bicocncave function).
I am looking for the solutions among of ...

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### Symmetry on a sphere

Let $u$ be a smooth function on the sphere $S^2$. Suppose there exists $C>0$ such that for all $R \in SO(3)$, the area of every connected component of $\{x\in S^2: u(x)> u(Rx)\}$ is at least ...

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### Exponential mapping versus flow

In Hamilton's article on the Nash-Moser Theorem, he gives the map that maps a vector field $X$ to its flow $e^{tX}$ in $\mathrm{Diff}(M)$ as an example where the implicit function theorem in Frechet ...

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### Parameter dependent differential equation in a Lie group

It is well-known that a linear differential equation in a finite-dimensional vector space depends continuously on some external parameters (for details see below). I search for an explicit reference ...

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### Pseudo-differential operators with compactly supported symbols

If the symbol $p(x,\xi)$ of a pseudodifferential operator $P$ has compact $x$-support, then for any Schwartz function $f$, $Pf$ has compact $x$-support.
Is the reverse true? Namely that if some PDO ...

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### Application of the inverse theorem function on singular points

This question is related to this one A question about the inverse theorem function in $\mathbb{R}^n$. In the response I received, I was told that the issue was related to the singularities, as I do ...

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### A question about the inverse theorem function in $\mathbb{R}^n$

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^{n}\to\mathbb{R}^{n}$ be a continuously differentiable mapping. We assume that the set $$\{x\in\mathbb{R}^{n};j(f)(x)=0\}$$ is a hypersurface of $\mathbb{R}^{n}$, where $j(f)(x)$ ...

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### Problem reduced to analyzing solutions of a family of nonlinear systems of equations

I was able to reduce a research problem relating to normal numbers to analyzing the solutions of the following family of nonlinear systems of equations:
\begin{align*}
c_0+c_1+\cdots+c_{t-1}&=2t\\
...

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### Existence of Geodesics in continuous metrics

I learned that if we are given a $C^0$ Riemannian metric on a smooth manifold $M$, geodesics (i.e. length minimizing curves) are absolutely continuous, and if the metrics is $C^{0,\alpha}$, then the ...

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### Constructing a Sobolev space containing the differential k-forms of a Riemannian manifold

I am currently writing a paper about the Hodge theorem for an algebraic topology course. The specific formulation I am proving can be stated thus. Let $M$ be a compact, orientable n-dimensional ...

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### Counterexample to Sard Theorem for a not-C1 map

Is there a function $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ which is differentiable but not $C^{1}$, such that the image of the points where $f'(x) = 0$ has measure bigger than 0?
If the answer is no, ...

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### Are the only local minima of $\angle(v, Av)$ the eigenvectors?

Let $A$ be an invertible $n \times n$ complex matrix. For $v \in \mathbb{CP}^{n-1}$, define
$$d(v) = \frac{|\langle A \tilde{v}, \tilde{v} \rangle |^2}{ \langle A \tilde{v}, A \tilde{v} \rangle ...

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### Nonnegative smooth function as sum of squares of smooth functions

There is a famous open problem, whose solution is attributed to Paul Cohen, but no published paper seems to be available:
There exists $f\in C^\infty(\mathbb R,\mathbb R_+)$ such that $f$ is not a ...

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### Solutions to Heat Equations with Obstacles!

Consider a closed Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ and a positive function $\psi: M \to R$. Fix a point $p \in M$, I have been struggling to construct a solution to the heat equation, $\partial_t u = ...

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### How do we use an Ehresmann connection to define a semispray?

Let $M$ be a differentiable manifold, let $TM$ be its tangent bundle, and consider $TTM$, the double tangent bundle.
Let $V \subseteq TTM$ denote the vertical subbundle, which is determined in a ...

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### Extremals versus minima for variational problems

A geodesic on a Riemannian manifold is generally not the shortest among nearby curves with the same endoints. But it can always be divided into parts each the shortest among nearby curves between its ...

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### Extrapolation on the p-norm sphere using the exponential map

Hi,
In order to follow a branch of solutions to an implicit equation on the manifold $M = \lbrace x \in \mathbb R^n, \|x\|_p = 1 \rbrace $, I'm interested in the following problem. Given two points ...

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### How “should” I define “absolutely continuous” functions on e.g. n-spheres?

(Am writing this post in a rush, out of office, so cannot give adequate links etc right now.)
There is a classical and well-understood definition of what it means for a continuous function ...

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### Linearly independent vector fields

Let $X_1,\dots,X_n$ be complete vector fields on $\mathbb R^n$ and suppose that $(X_1(p),\dots,X_n(p))$ is a basis for all $p \in \mathbb R^n$.
Question: Is it possible to choose a cube $C$ around ...

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### Results about existence/uniqueness of solution to Euler-Lagrange equations?

While studying calculus of variations, there is one question that I feel is missing in the texts I'm reading:
What can we say about the existence and/or uniqueness of solutions to Euler-Lagrange ...

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### Global invertibility

A differentiable transformation of R^n at each point has an invertible derivative. Does it imply that the transformation is a global diffeomorphism?

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### On a compact manifold, what kind of function can be the Jacobian of a diffeomorphism?

I could not answer or find references of this question, even for the following special case:
On $S^2$ (the two-sphere equiped with the standard Riemannian metric), is every positive smooth function ...

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### gradient of convex functions

Hello. Can somebody help me with the following question that I have thought over for quite some time, to no avail?
Let $f$ be a smooth function (class $\mathrm{C}^{\infty}$), $f:\mathbb{R}^n ...

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### Regarding Discrete Eigenvalues

For many eigenvalue problems for differential operators (for example the quantum harmonic oscillator (HO)), unless we impose some behaviour at infinity, the eigenvalues will not be discrete.
But, ...

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### A differential inequality needed to prove a theorem about odd-dimensional souls

I need a solution to this problem (which is really a calculus problem) in order to prove a rigidity result for open nonnegatively curved manifolds with odd-dimensional souls:
Suppose that ...

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### glue together a sequence of holomorphic forms

hallo,
my problem is the following: i have a finite sequence of holomorphic $k-$forms $\alpha_{k}$, each defined on open subsets $U_{k} \subset M$, where $M$ is a complex $n$-dimensional manifold, ...

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### harmonic function on surface

Dear all,
I am looking for reference books about real-valued harmonic functions on complete Riemannian surfaces, do you have any reference in your mind about this?
I found some books about harmonic ...

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### Why are there so many smooth functions?

I do understand that my question might seem a little bit ignorant, but I thought about it a lot and still can't wrap my head around it.
Analycity imposes very strong conditions on a map, from ...

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### Graph Laplacian to Continuous version

Has there been a study of vector laplacian that is a continuous version of a graph laplacian? Is there a good introduction to the topic?

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### Is there a smooth map f:R^n --> R^{n-1} whose image separates the rationals and others?

Let me make the question more precise:
Let A be the set of all points in R^n such that each of its coordinates is rational, and let B=R^n-A. My question is, is there a smooth map f:R^n --> R^{n-1} ...

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### Differential forms on the simplex which are “constant towards the boundary”

Let $\Delta^k$ the standard $k$-dimensional simplex, $\Delta^k=\{(x^0,\dots,x^k)\in \mathbb{R}^{k+1}|\sum_{i=0}^kx^i=1\}$, and let $\Omega^\bullet(\Delta^k)$ be the de Rham complex of smooth ...

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### diffeomorphic, holomorphic, biholomorphic

Let $\varphi : U \rightarrow X$ be a holomorphic mapping of some open set $U\subseteq\mathbb{C}$ into a complex $n-$dimensional manifold $X$. If we know that this mapping is diffeomorphic onto its ...

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### convergence of metrics

Hi, I have the following question: take a Riemannian manifold M, with a family of smooth metrics $g(t)$ in $[0,T)$, call $D_0$ the Levi-Civita connection of $g(0)$ and assume that for every $m\geq 0$
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### Question about density of $C^{\infty}(M,N)$ in $W^{1,p}(M,N)$ with $N$ not compact

Hi!
Let $M$ be a compact manifold possibly with boundary with $\dim(M)=m$, let $N$ be a non compact manifold with $\dim(N)=n$. Let me recall the definition of the sobolev space $W^{1,p}(M,N)$. ...

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### Analytical solutions of a differential equation (from Archimedes' Spiral)

There is a differential equation in polar coordinates:
$r'^2+r^2=(kt)^2$, $r(t=0)=0$, k- Const.
I've found that
a) if $\phi \in (0,t)$, t is quite small, then $r(\phi) \approx k/2 *\phi^2$
b) if ...

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### Hidden convexity

Suppose you are given a domain $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^n,$ and a (Morse) function $f: \Omega \rightarrow \mathbb{R},$ all of whose critical points are positive-definite.
The question is: is there ...

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### Analogue of Whitney's extension theorem

So let $n,m$ be two strictly positive numbers. Let $A\subseteq\mathbf{R}^n$ be
a compact $C^{\infty}$-submanifold (possibly with boundary and of real dimension not necessarily equal to $n$). Let ...

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### Smooth and analytic structures on low dimensional euclidian spaces

So it is relatively easy to show that there exists only one smooth structure on
the real line $\mathbb{R}$. So here are 2 natural questions:
Q1: Up to equivalence, is there only one real analytic ...

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### Solution of Plateau Problem for a simple, smooth closed curve on a Riemannian Manifold (Kahler) gives a surface that can be parametrized by a closed disk?

Hi,
Perhaps it's a stupid question, in that case i'll delete it.
Let M be a compact orientable smooth (Kahler if changes things) manifold of dimension $dim_{\mathbb{R}}(M)=2n$ with $n\geq1$, let ...

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### question on the proof of density of $C^{\infty}(M,N)$ in the sobolev space $W^{1,m}(M,N)$

Hi,
i'm reading the proof of the fact that $C^{\infty}(M,N)$ is dense in the sobolev space $W^{1,m}(M,N)$, where $M,N$ are compact riemannian manifolds of dimension respectively $m,n$.
I recall ...

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### A question about to computing a integration

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold of 2n-dim, $v$ be a map from $M$ to the matrix of order $m\times m$.
We call $p\in M$ is the singularity, if $v(p)$ is non-invertible. Suppose $v$ is smooth and the ...

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### Reference for existence and uniqueness of differential equations for low differentiability?

My specific situation is that I have a non-spacelike continuous future directed curve $\gamma:[0,a)\to M$ in a Lorentzian manifold. The curve must necessarily satisfy a local Lipschitz condition and ...

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### How does curvature change under perturbations of a Riemannian metric?

Let $M$ be a compact subset of $\mathbb R^2$ with smooth boundary, and let $g$ be a Riemannian metric on $M$. If $g'$ is another Riemannian metric which is "close" to $g$, then they should have ...

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### Reference for a particular Radon transform on non-positively curved spaces

Let me first recall that the classical Radon transform takes a (smooth compactly supported, say) function $f$ defined on $\mathbb{R}^n$ as an input, and gives as output the map $H\mapsto \int_H f$ for ...

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### Estimating the flow when we know the vector field

Suppose we have a $C^k$ vector field $v$ and let $\phi_t$ be the corresponding flow. I have estimates on $v$ and its derivatives: $|v| < C_0$, $|Dv| < C_1$, $|D^2v| < C_2$, ... $|D^kv| < ...

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### Examples of loss of regularity by “creation of topology”

I would like to have a list as general as possible of examples of situations where the density of smooth objects into some "natural class" (the meaning of "natural" depending on the problem ...

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### Can I detect the point of impact without looking at it?

I'm going to postpone the motivation for this question because the question itself involves no complicated maths and may well have a very simple solution so I don't want to put anyone off with high ...

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### How do I make the conceptual transition from multivariable calculus to differential forms?

One way to define the algebra of differential forms $\Omega(M)$ on a smooth manifold $M$ (as explained by John Baez's week287) is as the exterior algebra of the dual of the module of derivations on ...

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### Rolle's theorem in n dimensions

This looks like a statement from a calculus textbook, which perhaps it should be.
"Rolle's theorem". Let $F\colon [a,b]\to\mathbb R^n$ be a continuous function such that F(a)=F(b) and F'(t) exists ...