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infranilmanifolds: harmonic forms parallel?

I am studying Lott's paper : "On the spectrum of a finite volume negatively-curved manifold" and the satement is following: We have an compact infranilmanifold $N$ which is finitely covered by a ...
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Does the cohomology after Dehn surgery depend only on the original 3-manifold or also how the knot is situated?

For $f:S^1\to M$ a knot in a 3-manifold, we can construct a 3-manifold $N$ by a $0/1$-type Dehn surgery along $f$: First remove from $M$ a solid torus which is a tubular neighbourhood of the knot ...
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Derivation of yamabe flow

I am reading papers about yamabe flow. I have a problem about how people derive it as a gradient flow. Suppose we have $(M,g_0)$, $g(t)=u^{\frac{4}{n-2}}(t)g_0$ is another conformal metric. Let ...
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vector field on a curve as projection of a constant vector field on an embedding space

Suppose a tangent vector field is given on a planar curve and one asks the following question: What is the condition on this tangent vector field that it comes from the ordinary Euclidean projection ...
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Question about embeddings of connected sum of manifolds [duplicate]

If $M_j,j=1,2$are smooth manifolds and we have two embeddings $i_j:M_j\to\mathbf{R}^k(j=1,2)$(with $k$ fixed). How can we construct a embedding of the connected sum $M_1\sharp M_2$ into ...
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Proof of Lemma in “Harmonic maps and the self-duality equations” by Donaldson

I am referring to this paper by S. K. Donaldson. I could not find a freely available version, hence I feel uncomfortable to copy & paste parts of his paper, and won't do so. Nevertheless, I will ...
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Equivalent definitions of Calabi-Yau manifolds [closed]

How do we prove that a compact Kahler manifold whose 1st Chern class vanishes admits a globally defined nowhere vanishing volume form? Thanks.
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Concrete almost-complex structures on $3 \#CP^2$

The connect sum $X:=CP^2\# CP^2 \# CP^2$ supposedly supports almost-complex structures, i.e. endomorphisms $J$ of the tangent bundle such that $J^2=-id$. The existence of these almost-complex ...
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Riemannian metric on complexification of Lie group

Let $G$ be a compact linear group and $G^c$ be its complexification. Then there is a diffeomorphism $f: G^c \to G \times Lie(G) $ given by $$ x e^{iA} \to (x,A).$$ Let $h$ be the pull back metric of ...
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Decomposing connections on extensions of the frame bundle

I have posted this question on math.stackexchange, without success. I'll make it brief: Let $E\rightarrow M$ be an orientable vector bundle of rank n equipped with some Riemannian metric, ...
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A Scalar Curvature Computation in Brendle Marques Neves' Min-Oo Conjecture paper

I'm reading a paper on the Min-Oo Conjecture (http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.3088), and I'm stuck on the following step in a proposition: Given a metric $g_0(t)$ on the upper hemisphere $\mathbb{S}^n_+$, ...
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How to define the distributional Hessian for a convex function on a $C^0$ Riemannian manifold?

M is a $C^1$ manifold with a $C^0$ Riemannian metric, f is a convex function on M. How to define a functional on M which can represent $Hessf$? For example: for $\Delta f$ we can define the ...
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smoothing a current

Let $M$ be a smooth oriented manifold of dimension $n$ and $T$ a current of dimension $k$ on $M$. Let $\phi:P\times M \to M$ be a proper smooth family of diffeomorphisms of $M$ (i.e. $P$ is a smooth ...
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lift of Riemannian metric to branched double cover

Let $\hat{M}$ be a branched double cover of $M$. Is there a way to lift a Riemannian metric $g$ on $M$ to get a smooth Riemannian metric $\hat{g}$ on $\hat{M}$. Moreover, if $g$ has nonnegative ...
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extension of Riemannian metric on real affine variety

Given a Riemannian metric $g$ on the real part $X_R$ of a real affine variety $X$, is there a "natural" way to extend $g$ to be a Riemannian metric on $X$?
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Question about conjugate points

If there exist two geodesics from $p$ to $q$ that are not only different from each other but also infinitesimally close to each other, then it implies that $q$ is conjugate to $p$. Can anyone give an ...
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If there exists a nontrivial vector field $V$ such that $\nabla_{X}V=0$ for any vector field $X$, the manifold must be flat?

If there exists a nontrivial vector field $V\not=0$ in Riemannian manifold $M$ and an open set $U\subset M$ such that $\nabla_{X}V=0$ in $U$ for any vector field $X$ in $M$, then dose $U$ have to be ...
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Factor of 2 In the Definition of Metric Contact Structure

In Blair's book and many many literatures, I see definition of a contact metric manifold which involves a relation \begin{equation} d\kappa \left( {X,Y} \right) = g\left( {X,\Phi Y} \right) ...
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When distance nonincreasing map is an isometry

Let $f: M \to M$ be a distance nonincreasing map between a closed Riemannian manifold $M$ and $f$ is homotopic to the idendity map. Is it then $f$ an isometry?
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Quotienting $SU(3)$ by $U(1)$?

As is well-known, if we quotient $SU(2)$ by the action of $U_1$, embedded in the diagonal as $(e^{i \theta}, e^{-i \theta})$, we get the $2$-sphere. As is also well-known, if we quotient $SU(3)$ on ...
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Jacobian change of basis matrix for different dimensions

I am considering a real Lie group $G$ acting transitively on an open set $U$ in a real Euclidean space of lower dimension. Given a smooth, compactly supported function $f: U \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ ...
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Euler number of the complex of basic forms

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $\pi:P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle. I would like to understand the geometry of $M$ through $P$ with the $G$-action. I am trying to understand the Hopf bundle ...
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Kaehler form on weighted projective space

The Kaehler potential for the standard Fubini-Study Kaehler form in projective space $\mathbb{C} P^n$ is given by: $$\log(\sum_{i=0}^n |z_i|^2)).$$ What is the analogous formula for a Kaehler ...
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DGBV algebra of symplectic manifold

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a simply connected closed symplectic manifold. Then we have the symplectic codifferential operator $d^{\star}$. Furthermore, $(\Omega^{*}(M),d,d^{\star})$ is a differential ...
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Is there a sideways-walking rolling convex body?

Let $K$ be a solid, homogenous convex body in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Place $K$ on an inclined plane, and let it roll down the plane, under some reasonable assumptions of friction between $K$ and the plane, ...
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Zero currents localized along a submanifold

Let $\mathcal{D}(\mathbb{R})$ be the continuous dual of $C^\infty_c(\mathbb{R})$, the space of compactly-supported smooth functions. There is a nice characterization of distributions ...
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The moduli space of special Lagrangian submanifolds

Given a special Lagrangian fibration $f:M \rightarrow B$ of a Calabi-Yau manifold $M$, one can associate to it two affine structures (symplectic and complex) on the base space $B$. A theorem of ...
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Can eta invariant be written in terms of topological data?

The eta invariant was introduced by Atiyah, Patodi, and Singer. It roughly measures the asymmetry of the spectrum of a self-adjoint elliptic operator with respect to the origin. In ...
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Normal coordinates near the boundary

Let $M$ be an Riemannian manifold with boundary $\partial M$ and $e_n$ be a unit normal vector on $\partial M$. With respect to $e_n$, around a point $p$ on boundary, we have the usual normal ...
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Total differential of Lipschitz submanifolds embedding

My interest is analysis on Lipschitz manifolds. I want to define traces of differential forms on a Lipschitz submanifold $N$ of a Lipschitz manifold $M$. In other words, I want to push-forward ...
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Why tangent vector of statistical manifold is a function?

In differential geometry, tangent vectors are considered operators. At point p, the local tangent space is defined as $$ T_p(M)=\{X^i\partial_i|X\in R^n\} $$ This is quite easy to understand for me. ...
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Moment map in the singular case

The moment map is defined on the symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$, or particularly, $(M,\omega)$ is Kahler. While $\omega$ is smooth or differential enough, the definition is obvious to understand, in ...
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Riemannian metric and Volume form for $SE(n)$ and/or $E(n)$

I wonder what happens when you construct the Tiling spaces considering the natural action of $SE(n)$ or $E(n)$ rather than $\mathbb R^n$. In order to do that, I need to understand both the (left ...
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Exposition of the Calabi complex

I am interested in a complex derived by Eugenio Calabi in his article "On compact Riemannian manifolds with constant curvature". The complex is referenced as "Calabi complex" in various citing ...
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Diffeomorphism with prescribed behaviour

If $\gamma$ and $\eta$ are two smooth curves in a smooth manifold $M$, is it possible to find a diffeomorphism of $M$ such that $f \circ \gamma = \eta$? What if one removes the assumption of ...
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Cotangent bundle of symmetric space is symmetric space?

Let $G$ be a connected Lie group. Then a symmetric space for $G$ is a homogeneous space $G/H$ where the stabilizer $H$ of a typical point is an open subgroup of the fixed point set of an involution ...
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Fiber bundle trivialization. Transition functions

Depending on the authors, trivialization is considered either as a diffeormorphism from $U\times G$ to $\pi^{-1}(U)$ or from $\pi^{-1}(U)$ to $U\times G$. The result leads to transition functions ...
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Is the $L^2$ metric on the space of unit volume Riemannian metrics on a closed, oriented surface Kahler?

Let $\Sigma$ be a closed, oriented, smooth surface. Denote by $\mathcal{M}^{1}(\Sigma)$ the deformation space of unit volume Riemannian metrics on $\Sigma:$ here we consider two metrics equivalent if ...
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Complete gradient shrinking Ricci soliton with nonnegative Ricci curvature?

Besides the product of a positive Einstein manifold with the Euclidean Gaussian shrinker, does there exist other complete (nonconpact) gradient shrinking Ricci soliton with nonnegative Ricci ...
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Nielsen-Thurston classification of homeomorphisms for open surfaces?

In Proposition 3.1. in this article by John Franks, he applies the Nielsen-Thurston classification of surface homeomorphisms to a homeomorphism $ \ f:M \rightarrow M$ of an open surface $M$ which is ...
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Can anyone give an example of Ricci flat Riemannian or Lorentzian Manifold that is not flat?

Does there exist a Ricci flat Riemannian or Lorentzian manifold which is geodesic complete but not flat? And is there any theorm about Ricci-flat but not flat? I am especially interset in the case ...
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Do there exist non-totally geodesic isometric minimal immersions $\mathbb{H}^2\rightarrow G/K.$

Suppose $G$ is a non-compact, semi-simple Lie group, of rank at least two, with maximal compact subgroup $K$ and $G/K$ the corresponding Riemannian symmetric space. Let $\mathbb{H}^2(-c^2)$ be the ...
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Buseman function is regular on manifolds without boundary containing a line?

For an n-dim noncompact manifold M without boundary. Assume M contains a line $\gamma$. For every point $p \in M$, let $\widetilde{p\gamma(t)}$ be the geodesic from p to $\gamma(t)$. Choose a ...
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Why quintics are Calabi-Yau?

Why quintics are Calabi-Yau? Is there a explicit formula of the holomorphic volume form?
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Given Gaussian curvature, can one construct a metric to fulfill the Gauss-Bonnet theorem?

Consider a compact surface $\mathcal{S} \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ without boundary and assume we are given the Gaussian curvature $K(x), x\in \mathcal{S}$. It is know that Gaussian curvature does not ...
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Cotangent bundle of coadjoint orbit is stein manifold?

Let me first define stein manifolds and coadjoint orbits. A complex manifold $X$ of complex dimension $n$ is called a Stein manifold if the following conditions hold: $X$ is holomorphically convex, ...
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Aysmptotic comparison of L^2 sections versus generating sections

Let $s_1,\ldots, s_k$ be linearly independent global holomorphic sections of a holomorphic line bundle $E$ over a compact algebraic manifold $X$, with volume form $\Omega$. For $m$ large, let ...
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Distributing the Hodge map over the wedge product

Let $(V,\langle,\rangle)$ be a finite dimensional inner product space, $V^{\wedge}$ it exterior algebra, and $\ast$ the Hodge star arising from $\langle,\rangle$. Does there exist any formula to ...
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Existence of planar orthogonal curvilinear coordinates on a surface embedded in $R^3$

We consider a surface (co-dimension 1) in $R^3.$ I read from the book of Stoker that for any surface there always exist patches of orthogonal curvilinear coordinates that cover the surface. I want ...
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When a symplectic manifold is formal?

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a $2n$-dimensional symplectic manifold, then we have the symplectic Hodge operator $$*:\Omega^{k}(M)\rightarrow\Omega^{2n-k}(M)$$ Furthermore, we can define a differential ...