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Two ways to differentiate a section of vector bundle

Let $\pi:E\rightarrow M$ be a vector bundle, and $D$ a connection on it. Suppose $\sigma_1,\sigma_2\in\Gamma(E)$, $p\in M$, $V\in T_pM$ such that $\sigma_1(p)=\sigma_2(p)$. Are the following two ...
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Normalizing the value of a principal connection at a point

Let $\nabla$ be a symmetric, linear connection on a smooth manifold $X$. If $p \in X$ is any point, on a normal chart for $\nabla$ around $p$ it holds: $$ \Gamma_{ij}^k (p) = 0 \ , $$ where ...
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Isomorphism of connections on a complex line bundle

Reading an article I faced with the following theorem, please give me a reference to a proof of the fact which is stated without any reference in the article. Is it a well-known fact? Theorem. Let $E ...
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Construction of a classifying map from a connection 1-form

From a connection 1-form on $M$, I can construct a parallel transport from which in turn I can construct a classifying map $M \to BG$. Is there a construction of such a classifying map directly from a ...
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Obstruction to this gauge choice of the connection of a vector bundle

Let $M$ be a compact manifold with a nowhere-vanishing vector field $R$. Consider principal $G$-bundle $P$ over $M$, and $\mathcal{A}$ being the space of irreducible connections. Let me denote a ...
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Formal adjoint of the covariant derivative

Let $E \to M$ be a vector bundle over some Riemannian metric $(M, g)$ and endow it with some fibre metric. Assume that covariant derivative $\nabla$ is compatible with the metric. It is essentially ...
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General form of a metric affine connection with zero curvature

I have read somewhere that the general form of a metric affine connection whose Riemann curvature is zero is given by $$\Gamma^{i}_{ij}=A^{i}_{\alpha}\partial_{j}A^{\alpha}_{k}$$ where ...
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Existence of connections making a bundle endomorphism parallel

Let $M$ be a manifold, $TM$ its tangent bundle, and $N:TM\to TM$ a vector bundle morphism. It is possible to find a torsionless linear connection $\nabla$ on $TM$ such that $\nabla N=0$?
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Formula for the curvature of an induced connection

Let $\pi_P:P\to M$ be a principal $G$-bundle on a manifold $M$ endowed with a connection $A$ and $\pi_Q:Q\to M$ be a principal $H$-bundle on a manifold $M$. Let $f:P\to Q$ be a morphism of bundles ...
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choices of connection in prequantization

In the definition of pre-quantization of representation $f\to \hat{f}$, (here $\hat{f}$ is Hermitian operator)of $C^{\infty}(M)$ on $L^2(M,L,\mu)$ where $\mu$ is Hermitian form, suppose that there ...
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Anti-self-dual connections on CP^2

I'm learning Yang-Mills theory and its applications on 4-manifold. I want to know that have someone computed all the anti-self-dual connections on principle $SU(2)$ bundles over complex projective ...
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Connections on tangent bundles and double tangent bundles

This can be viewed as a sequel to my previous question on double tangent bundle. Where I learned that the double tangent bundle $TTM$ is not natural diffeomorphic to $\oplus^3 TM$. Recently, I also ...
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Flat connection, finite-dimensional space of covariant constant one forms

hallo, I have the following question: Let $U\subset \mathbb{R}^{n}$ be an open subset. Furthermore, let $\nabla$ be a flat connection on $U$ (not necessary Levi-Civita). How can one show that the ...
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Why is it important that partial derivatives commute?

I am asking this in the context of differential geometry (specifically Riemannian). When the Levi-Civita Connection is defined, we require that the torsion tensor is 0, which in local coordinates ...
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Why do we use the less simple convention for the definition of a vector bundle connection?

For a (smooth) vector bundle $F$ over a manifold $M$, one normally defines a connection to be a linear map $$ \nabla:\Gamma^{\infty}(V) \to \Omega^1(M) \otimes \Gamma^{\infty}(V), $$ satisfying ...
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Tensor contraction and Covariant Derivative

What is the importance and intuition behind the the contraction operator on tensors (or the trace of a matrix, for that matter)? In addition, I see that one of the requirements for a covariant ...
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Connection Transformation Formula; Degree 3 Cech Cohomology

While reading through Brylinski, as in all of my posts, I am trying to understand the following equation: $ g_* \tilde{\theta} = \tilde{\theta} - g^{-1} dg$ Setting I have a principal ...
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Intuition for Levi-Civita connection?

Levi-Civita connection is usually defined as the unique connection which is torsion free and preserves metric. Question Is there some intuitively transparent constructive way to define it (or ...
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1-jet bundle on vector bundle with metric connection

Background I'm working to simplify the Lagrangian formalism of classical field theory for the situation of a vector bundle with a bundle metric and a metric connection. Particularly, I want to ...
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Interpretation of Curvature and Torsion

Dear all, When dealing with General Relativity one uses the Levi-Civita connection with is torsion-free. Thus the commutator of the covariant derivatives yields $[\nabla_\mu,\nabla_\nu]V^\rho = ...
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Is there a mathematical explanation for the Aharonov-Casher effect?

Recall that the Aharonov-Bohm effect can be interpreted mathematically as follows. Consider an electromagnetic field A on some smooth manifold M, i.e., A is an element in the first differential ...
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Line bundles with complex connection

Suppose that we have a complex manifold $X$, and a line bundle $L$ over $X$. It is known that the line bundles over $X$ are parametrized by their Chern class, the Chern class being the cohomology ...
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Terminology of “covariant derivative” and various “connections”

I apologize for the long question. My ultimate aim is to understand the existing terminology and find appropriate terminology for covariant derivatives on vector bundles which generalizes to ...
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Analytic Characterization of Parallel Transport of Fundamental Groups

(Note that I've edited the main body of the question to make it clear for other readers.) Fix a principal $G$-bundle $\rho: P \rightarrow X$ and fix a point $p \in P_x$ in the fiber above $x \in X$. ...
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Are bundle gerbes bundles of algebras?

The category of line bundles (possibly with connection) on a smooth manifoldĀ M can be defined in two different ways: The first definition uses transition functions that satisfy a cocycle condition ...
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Geometrical meaning of the Ricci Tensor and its Symmetry

Let $M$ be a smooth, pseudo-Riemannian manifold with $\dim(M) \ge 2.$ Let $\nabla$ be any affine connection on $M$. No reason for it to be the Levi-Civita connection. All we assume is that it has zero ...
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Symmetric Ricci Tensor

Let $M$ be a pseudo-Riemannian manifold. Assume that $M$ comes with a zero-torsion affine connexion $\nabla.$ There is no need for $\nabla$ to be the Levi-Civita connexion. Recall that the curvature ...
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Almost Flat Connections On Principal G-Bundles

Let $E \rightarrow F$ be a principal $G$-bundle. Let $\alpha$ be a connection 1-form with values in the Lie algebra of $G$. Let $\omega$ denote the curvature 2-form of connection $\alpha$. We know ...
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“Nash Style” Embedding Theorem for Connections

The strong Whitney embedding theorem states that any smooth (Hausdorff and second-countable) manifold can be smoothly embedded in Euclidean space. John Nash went on to show that any Riemannian ...
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Holonomy Groups and the Hopf Fibration

I am trying to understand holonomy groups at the moment and am focusing on the example of the Hopf fibration $SU_2 \to S^2$. Since $S^2$ is path connected we can talk about the holonomy group of a ...
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Flat Principal Connections and Homotopy Groups?

I've come across a comment in a paper that hints at a relation between the set of (flat) connections for a principal bundle and the homotopy group of the base of the bundle. Can anyone tell me what ...
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Non-Existence of a Principal Connection for the Sphere over Projective Space?

As of the Wikipedia article on principal bundles connections: Let $\pi: P \to M$ be a smooth principal bundle, a principal $G$-bundle over a smooth manifold $M$. Then a principal $G$-connection on ...
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Rolling without slipping interpretation of torsion

This is, in a sense, a follow up to this question. Hehl and Obukhov try to give an intuitive description of torsion. I am confused about their description. I am looking at the following paragraph on ...
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Hermitian connections on real hypersurfaces of $\mathbb C^{n+1}$

I would like to find some non-trivial and "geometric" examples of hermitian connections (that is compatible with a give hermitian metric) on complex hermitian vector bundles over a smooth real ...
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Can a homotopy inverse of the map from a Lie group to loops on its classifying space be given by holonomy?

Let $G$ be the compact Lie group $SO(n)$. There are some classical constructions of the classifying bundle of $G$ based upon on direct limits of Grassmann and Stiefel manifolds: $$BG \simeq ...
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A geometric interpretation of the Levi-Civita connection?

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold. There exists a unique torsion-free connection in the (co)tangent bundle of $M$ such that the metric of $M$ is covariantly constant. This connection is called the ...
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Proving the basic identity which implies the Chern-Weil theorem

If $E$ is a complex vector bundle over a manifold $M$ then one defines the space of vector valued $p$-differential forms on them as $\Omega^p(M,E) = \Gamma ( \wedge ^p (T^*M) \otimes E) $ The ...
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Global description of the Levi-Civita connection

I'm interested in finding a global (coordinate-free) description of the Levi-Civita connection on a (possibly infinite-dimensional) Riemannian manifold X. I'm not looking for a description of this ...
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Immersion with respect to a connection?

In the paper hep-th/9712042v2, p. 20, the following setup is given: A complex manifold M and an n+1-dimensional vector bundle V on it. V has an underlying real bundle $V_{\mathbb{R}}$ with a flat ...