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Spectrum of the Laplacian on p-forms on the sphere

In this paper the authors give an explicit description of the eigenforms and spectrum of the Laplacian acting on $p$-forms on the round sphere $S^n$, apparently citing an unpublished computation of ...
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Old Peano theorem (demonstration is missing details) [closed]

Let $A, B :[a,b]\subset\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be two functions of class $C^{1}([a,b])$ such that two segments (or intervals) $[A(t_1),B(t_1)]$ and $[A(t_2), B(t_2)]$ never intersect for $t_1, ...
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Are sections of $\tau M$ differential operators on the exterior algebra?

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $\tau M$ its second-order tangent bundle. A second-order vector field $A\in \Gamma(\tau M)$ can locally be expressed as a finite sum of operators ...
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Parallelizable nearly-Kahler manifolds

In this question, we have discussed how the following bundle: $E_{d} = TS^{d}\oplus \Lambda^2 T^{\ast}S^{d}$ is always trivial, where $S^{d}$ is the $d$-dimensional standard sphere. Now, let us take ...
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A conjecture about parallelizable generalized spheres

Let $S^{d}$ denote the standard $d$-dimensional sphere. I heard from a physicist that from physical arguments they have been able to show that the vector bundle: $E_{d} = TS^{d}\oplus \Lambda ...
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Diffusion semigroup generated by Laplacian

Let $M$ be a complete Riemannian manifold and $\Delta$ denote the Laplacian on it. Also assume that the spectrum of $-\Delta$ lies inside $[a, \infty)$. Let $P_t, t > 0$ denote the diffusion ...
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Making the identification $\tau M\approx TM\oplus (TM\odot TM)$

Given a smooth manifold $M$, there is a vector bundle over $M$, denoted $\tau M$, known as the second-order tangent bundle. The fiber $\tau_mM$ at $m\in M$ is the collection of linear operators ...
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Space of invariant sections

I have a principal bundle $\pi: M \to B$ with structure group $G$ and a vector bundle $p: V\to M$. I need to work with $\Gamma_G(V,M)$, the space of invariant (under the fiber action on $M$) sections ...
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Correspondence between line bundles and $U(1)$-bundles: a possible mistake from physicists? [closed]

I am reading a paper written by physicists and they say the following: Let $(L,h,\nabla)$ be an holomorphic Line bundle equipped with a hermitian metric $h$ and Chern connection $\nabla$. If ...
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A subalgebra of the Virasoro algebra

Let $L_n$ ($n\in\mathbb{Z}$) and $c$ be the standard generators of the Virasoro algebra ${\rm Vit}$. In the literature one usually considers the involutive authomorphism given by $\tau(L_n)=-L_{-n}$, ...
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sharp conditions characterizing the vanishing of scalar Jacobi fields

Let $T>0$, let some function $\kappa(t)$ smooth on $[0,T]$, and let $b$ the unique solution to the ODE $\ddot b + \kappa(t) b = 0$ with initial conditions $b(0)=0$ and $\dot b(0) = 1$. I was ...
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Compact locally conformal Kahler manifolds with non-zero Euler characteristic

I would like to know if there exist eight-dimensional compact manifolds such that: It has SU(4)-structure (and hence it is spin). It is locally conformal Kahler (and not Kahler). Its Euler ...
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Chern classes of three (two) dimensional complex vector bundles

Let $M$ be a manifold. Let $F(M,3)=\{(m_1,m_2,m_3)\mid m_1, m_2, m_3\in M, m_i\neq m_j, \text{ for any } i\neq j\}$. Let $S_3$ be the symmetric group of order $3$. Let $S_3$ act on $F(M,3)$ by ...
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Moduli space of holomorphic sections

Let $(L,M,\omega,\nabla)$ be an holomorphic line bundle over a Kahler manifold $(M,\omega)$ equipped with the Chern connection $\nabla$. Let $\Gamma(L)$ denote the space of holomorphic sections of ...
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Equivalence of holomorphic line bundles from Kahler potentials

Let $(M.\omega)$ be a Kahler manifold with fundamental form $\omega$. Then $\omega$ is closed and by the $\partial\bar{\partial}$-lemma on every contractible open set $U\subset M$ we can write ...
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Rigorous justification that overdetermined systems do not have a solution

There is the following well known and very useful heuristic principle: Assume one has a natural map from the space of $k$-tuples of functions in $n$ variables into the space of $K$-tuples of functions ...
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Boundary values of boundary value problems

Let $M$ be a manifold with smooth boundary. We can consider the Dirichlet or the Neumann problem on $M$. Let $(\phi_k)$ be an orthonormal basis of eigenfunctions to the Dirichlet problem and let ...
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Reference for a proof of the fiberwise Stokes theorem

The fiberwise Stokes theorem says that given a differential form on a smooth fiber bundle whose fibers have boundary, the difference between the fiberwise integral of the differential and the ...
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Relative canonical sheaf of an Abelian Scheme over a noetherian base

Let $A$ be an abelian scheme over a noetherian base $S$ of relative dimension $r$, i.e., $A$ is a smooth, proper group scheme over $S$ with geometrically connected fibers of dimension $r$. The ...
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Image of any curve can be parametrized without zero derivative?

Let $\gamma :[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ be a $C^{1} ([a,b])$ injective application. Is it true that there is another continuous parametrization $\rho:[c,d]\to\mathbb{R}^2$ such that the following two sets ...
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Products between metrics in a product of manifolds

In the "Einstein Manifold" book written by Arthur Besse, chapter 16, there is a notation of a manifold composed by the Cartesian product between two others: $(M_1\times M_2, f^p(g_1 \times g_2))$ ...
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Connected complement manifold

I'm working on some problem in algebraic geometry. I need a reference to the following result: Let $h\in\mathbb{N}$ with $h\geq1$ and let $F\in\mathbb{C}\left[x_{1},\ldots,x_{h}\right]$ be a non ...
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Cohomology operators inducing local basis of $1-$forms

Suppose that $\partial$ is a non-trivial ($\partial \neq 0$) cohomology operator on an $m-$dimensional manifold $M$ (that is: $\partial:\Omega(M)\to\Omega(M)$ is a degree $1$ derivation such that ...
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Equations satisfied by the Riemann curvature tensor

It is well known that the Riemann curvature tensor of a metric satisfies \begin{eqnarray} R_{jikl}=-R_{ijkl}=R_{ijlk},(1)\\ R_{klij}=R_{ijkl},(2)\\ R_{i[jkl]}=0 \mbox{(1st Bianchi identity)}.(3) ...
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The complex of Kahler differentials and de Rham complex

Let $A$ be a unital commutative algebra (say over complex numbers). Consider the multiplication map $m:A \otimes A \to A$ and put $\Omega^1_u(A)=\ker m$ to be the space of universal differential ...
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acoustic dipole volume integral w/ dirac delta?

I have an acoustic research problem that leads to the following integral formulation: \begin{align} \int_{-\infty}^{\infty}\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}p(\mathbf{y},\tau)\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Shrinking $\mathcal{C}_c^{\infty}(M)$ to obtain a first countable space

This is a follow-up to this question. Let $M$ be manifold (Hausdorff, countable base, finite dimensional, if it simplifies anything embedded in $\mathbb{R}^n$). I'm interested in the topological ...
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How many metrics of constant curvature exist on a Riemannian surface?

I have been trying to determine the number of metrics of constant curvature on a surface of genus $n$, say $\Sigma$. For low values, the answer is clear, the moduli space is a point for the sphere, ...
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Heat semigroup estimate on complete Riemannian manifold

Consider a complete noncompact Riemannian manifold $M$ such that the heat kernel $h_t(x, y)$ satisfies $h_t(x, y) \leq Ct^{-n/2}$. Consider a function $u \in L^p(M)$. How can we prove that ...
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Classification of natural invariants of Riemannian structures

Before I formulate my question, let me remind P. B. Gilkey's characterization of Pontryagin forms,following the paper "On the heat equation and the index theorem" by Atiyah, Bott, Patodi. By ...
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convex decompositions of the sphere

Consider a decomposition of the sphere $S^n$ into convex pieces (that is, every cell of the cell decomposition is convex, in particular, is contained in a hemisphere). Consider the $k$-skeleta of ...
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Metric, torsion free connections on principal bundles

I hope this is not too elementary, but I have asked this question at the math.stack site, but I have obtained no answers. Let $F(M)$ be the frame bundle of a $n$-dimensional differentiable manifold ...
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Equivariant Harmonic Maps to R-tree and Korevaar-Schoen Convergence

Thank you for spending time on the following question. I am trying to make an explicit example of Korevaar-Schoen convergence. The problem I am facing is that I cannot find the limit of the harmonic ...
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Ehresmann fibration theorem for manifolds with boundary

All manifolds in consideration may have nonempty boundary and may be disconnected. Let me fix a definition first. A map between smooth manifolds $M\rightarrow N$ is a fiber bundle, iff it's locally ...
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Shortest paths in Alexandrov spaces

Let $X$ be an Alexandrov space with curvature bounded from below (if necessary, $X$ might be assumed to be finite dimensional or even compact). Question 1. Is it true that every point of $X$ has a ...
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A Poincare-Type Inequality and its generalization

Let $f(\theta)$ be a fixed positive $2\pi-$periodic $C^1$ function on $\mathbb{R}$ with $$\int_0^{2\pi}f(\theta)\cos\theta d\theta=\int_0^{2\pi}f(\theta)\sin\theta d\theta=0,$$ Does for any ...
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Invariant Girsanov Theorem on a Riemannian manifold

This is somewhat a follow-up on this post. Let $X_t$ be the stochastic process on a compact Riemannian manifold generated by the (possible time-dependent) second-order elliptic operator $L_t$. Let ...
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Integration currents VS Poincaré Dual

Let $M$ be a complex manifold of dimension $n$ and $S \subset M$ a closed complex submanifold of complex codimension $r$. Let $[S] \in H_{2r}(S)$ be the fundamental class of $S$. We have the ...
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Null tetrad transformation

I have been going through the Chandrasekhar's "The Mathematical Theory of Black holes", in particular the chapter on Newman Penrose formalism. I have a question about what he calls a "class III ...
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Relating different topologies on $C^{\infty}_c(M)$

This is somehow connected to this question. I can think of at least four topologies to put on $C_c(M)$: Topologize $C^{\infty}_c(M)\subseteq C^{\infty}(M)$ as a subspace with the weak Whitney ...
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(Non)existence of mirrors with more than two foci

Do there exist any mirrors $M$ in $d$-dimensional Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^d$ for which there exist three different points $x_1$, $x_2$, $x_3 \in \mathbb{R}^d$ such that if any ray of light passes ...
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Curvature of a principal bundle and the exterior covariant derivative

I am sorry if this is too elementary; I had posted it on math.stack but no one answered. Let $P\to M$ a principal fibre bundle with fibre $G$, and let $A\in \Omega^{1}(P)\otimes\mathfrak{g}$ be a ...
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Interplay between Loop Quantum Gravity and Mathematics

It is known that there are many interesting connections between String Theory and modern Mathematics, with a rich feedback going on in both directions: there have been advances in mathematics thanks ...
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Derivative of Log_p map

If $\mathscr{M}$ is a $(d-dimensional)$ Riemann Manifold and $p$ is a point therein. What is the derivative of $Log_p$ function?
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Lower boundedness of the Ricci curvature [closed]

I know that this is going to be slightly vague, but it's itching me: why is lower boundedness of the Ricci curvature required by some of the very important theorems in Riemannian geometry? The ...
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orbit space of $\mathbb{Z}_p$ action over complex projective space by permuting the homogeneous coordinates

$Z_p$:=cyclic group of order $p$. I want to understnd $H_\ast(\mathbb{C} P^{n}/Z_{n+1};Z)$ with $(n+1)$ being a prime number,and the action is given by permuting the homogeneous coordinates. For ...
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Why not develop a Hamiltonian-based Morse theory?

I have begun to learn the basics of Morse theory and Floer homology. I understand that Floer homology is the natural theory for symplectic manifolds, but from my preliminary knowledge of Morse theory ...
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Stiefel-Whitney class of complex projective spaces [closed]

Let $T\mathbb{C}P^m$ be the tangent bundle of complex projective space. What is the total Stiefel-Whitney class $w(T\mathbb{C}P^m)$? Let $a_m$ be the maximal integer such that the $a_m$-th dual ...
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Moduli space of flat connections over a torus

Let us fix a principal bundle $G\hookrightarrow P\to T^{2}$, where $T^{2}$ is a torus. Is the moduli space of flat connections on $P$ known? At least, it is known for some particular gauge groups, ...
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Principal bundle associated to a Courant algebroid

A Courant algebroid is defined as a real vector bundle equipped with a product and a symmetric bilinear on its space of sections satisfying a particular set of conditions. What would be the definition ...