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### Existence and uniqueness of a quasi-linear pde system on a surface

I have the following system of first order quasi-linear pde:
$$ -(\Delta+1) a^{\alpha\beta} [b_{\beta\rho} I_{\alpha;\sigma}+b_{\beta\sigma} I_{\alpha;\rho}]
+ a^{\alpha\beta} [(\Delta+1) ...

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### Polynomial contact structures on $RP^3$

Let us consider polynomial contact structures on $\mathbb RP^3$, i.e. contact structures on $\mathbb R^3$ defined by a form $w=Pdx+Qdy+Rdz,\ P,Q,R\in \mathbb R[x,y,z]\ $ in an affine part and then ...

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### Foliations of Lorentzian manifolds by Spacelike Hypersurfaces

Suppose that $M$ is a Lorentzian manifold (not necessarily satisfying Einstein's equations). What conditions do we need in order to guarantee that $M$ admits a foliation by codimension-$1$ spacelike ...

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### Connections on principal bundles via stacks?

Let G be a Lie group and M a smooth manifold. Suppose that P is a principal G-bundle over M. Then by Yoneda, this corresponds to a smooth map $p:M \to [G]$, where $[G]$ is the differentiable stack ...

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### Based loop groups as stacks?

I have been stuck for some time, thinking about the following question.
Let $G$ be a Lie group. Its classifying space $BG$ can be seen as the differentiable stack $[pt/G]$, which is of dimension ...

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### Integral geometry and curvature of surfaces

I'll stick to 2-surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$ for simplicity. Higher dimensions generalizations welcome.
In classical integral geometry, we may obtain up to a scaling factor, for example, the surface ...

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vote

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284 views

### 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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### Piecewise linear (PL) structures on $\mathbf R^4$

One can read in Wikipedia that the 4-dimensional affine space $\mathbf R^4$ has uncountably many piecewise linear structures (in contrast with other dimensions, where it has exactly one). A reference ...

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### Rolling map as a diffeomorphism?

Let $M$ be a (compact) Riemannian manifold and $x \in M$. For a piecewise smooth path $\gamma: [0, T] \longrightarrow M$, we can define Cartan's development map (or rolling map)
$$(\Phi\gamma)(t) = ...

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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 the paper "Exotic ...

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### On Gromov's Theorem on Symplectic Homotopy

I want to understand the proof of the following theorem due to Gromov which I'll state in the context of Euclidean spaces. While I tried to read the proof from Macduff-Salamon, it turned out that my ...

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votes

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### Atlas of a manifold as a Sheaf

--Hopefully this question does not dublicate another--
In this question Tom Goodwillie pointed out, that the 'atlas part' of
the definition of a smooth manifold can be redefined in terms of
sheaves. ...

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### When an Spherical variety is $K$-stable

Let $X=G/H$ for a reductive group $G$ and $X$ is normal and has an open $B$-orbit, for a Borel subgroup $B$ then we call $X$ spherical.
My question is When an Spherical variety is $K$-stable? Is ...

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**1**answer

155 views

### Reductive space & Reductive Lie algebra

If $M=G/H$ is a reductive space and $\mathfrak{g}=\mathfrak{h}+\mathfrak{m}$ be the canonical decomposition, then are $\mathfrak{g}$ or $\mathfrak{h}$ or both reductive lie algebras? (in this case, ...

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### invariant measure of uniquely ergodic horocycle flow

Let $S$ be a compact connected orientable surface of variable negative curvature, and let $M=T^1S$ be the unit tangent bundle of $S$. Then, we know from the paper of Brian Marcus (*) that the negative ...

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**1**answer

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### Factors of automorphy from Chern connection

This question is inspired by a recent question about holomorphic bundles and factors of automorphy. Suppose $X$ is a compact, complex manifold whose universal cover $\widetilde{X}$ is Stein (the ...

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### Isometry group of a homogeneous space

Background
Let $(M,g)$ be a finite-dimensional riemannian (or more generally pseudoriemannian) manifold. Suppose that I know that a certain Lie group $G$ acts transitively and isometrically on $M$ ...

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### Intuition for Killing vectors in negative-definite Ricci tensor

Theorem 4.3 from Chapter II of Kobayashi's Transformation Groups in Differential Geometry states that, if $(M,\mathrm{g})$ is a Riemannian manifold with negative definite Ricci tensor, then any ...

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### Do all surfaces (2d riemanian manifolds) admit constant curvature? [closed]

There seems to be a lot of theorems allowing to prove restricted cases of this (eg. uniformization, classification theorem for compact surfaces) . Intuitively, it seems true, but I've never seen a ...

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### Are there topological restrictions to the existence of almost quaternionic structures on compact manifolds?

I start with some background, but people familiar with the subject may jump directly to the question.
Let $M^{4n}$ be a compact oriented smooth manifold. Recall that an almost hypercomplex structure ...

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**1**answer

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### Triviality of holomorphic vector bundles over contractible Stein manifolds

If I have correctly undrestood,it is a result of the so called Grauert-Oka principle that all holomorphic vector bundles over contractible Stein manifolds are holomorhically trivial.Does any one knows ...

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vote

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### How to find isothermal coordinates equivalent to circles in far limit?

I am trying to find the most general rotational coordinate systems for Euclidean 3-space, with the following two defining characteristics: 1) being equivalent to spherical coordinates in the limit of ...

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### Alternative proof of Varadhan's formula on Riemann manifolds

Consider Varadhan's famous formula for the kernel of the heat equation on a manifold:
$$ \lim_{t \rightarrow 0} t \log h(t,x,y) = - \frac{d(x,y)^2}{4} .$$
I do not have access to his 1967 two ...

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**1**answer

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### Boundary geometry of a contact manifold

Let $(M, \xi = \text{ker}\,\alpha)$ be a compact contact manifold with non-empty boundary. Vaguely asked, is there any natural geometric structure on the boundary $\partial M$ induced from the contact ...

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### Super-cobordisms

One can construct the $d$-dimensional bordism category by declaring the objects to be the $(d-1)$-dimensional compact manifolds without boundary and the morphisms the $d$-dimensional bordisms between ...

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### Geodesics on manifolds with boundary

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold with non-empty boundary. Is there any notion of injectivity radius on $(M,g)$ in points away from the boundary? By this I mean points lying in $M- \partial M$. ...

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### Surface and Laplace's equation [closed]

I'm doing a study of surfaces with constante curvature and I'm trying to solve this equation:
$$\Delta\phi = -e^{2\phi}K_0$$
for a 2-dimensional metric with constant Gauss curvature such that rotation ...

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vote

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### Line bundles over Kahler-Hodge manifolds

A Kahler-Hodge manifold $M$ can be defined as a Kahler manifold whose Kahler form $\omega$ is integral, namely $\omega\in H^{2}(M,\mathbb{Z})$. It is known then that there always exists an hermitian ...

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### Length of non-horizontal curve

Let $M$ be a sub-Riemannian space.
Consider a smooth curve $\gamma:[0,1]\to M$ such that
$\dot\gamma(t)\not\in H_{\gamma(t)}$, where $H_{\gamma(t)}$ is the horizontal subbundle ( i.e. $\gamma$ is ...

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640 views

### fake $S^{2k}\times S^{2k}$

Let $X$ be a fixed closed manifold,$S(X)$ the structure set and $Aut(X)$ the group of self homotopy equivalence of $X$.
surgery theory tells us that $\mathcal{M}(X):=S(X)/Aut(X)$ is in bijection ...

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votes

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### Chow stability and K-stability

Let $(M,L) $ be a polarized projective variety and is Chow stable, then under which condition it is K-stable in sense of Donaldson's definition?
Here is a good referrence for the definitions of Chow ...

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### Existence, uniqueness, and smoothness of a solution to a first order PDE on Riemannian M

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be an $n$-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold, and let $\mathcal{A} \subset \mathcal{M}$ be an $n$-dimensional Riemannian submanifold. I wish to determine the local existence, ...

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### Is the heat kernel more spread out with a smaller metric?

Suppose M is a smooth manifold, and we have two Riemannian metrics on M, say g and h, with g bigger than h (i.e. for every tangent vector at every point, the norm according to g is bigger than the ...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Linearisation of Einstein operator

Let $(M,g)$ be a $(m+1)$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with Levi-Civita connection $\nabla$.
The Ricci curvature can be viewed as a differential operator ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Fundamental solution to the heat equation with zero boundary values

let $\Omega\subset M$ be an open and unbounded set in a smooth manifold $M$ with boundary $\partial \Omega$. Now let $p_t(x,y)$ be a non-negative fundamental solution to the heat equation on $\Omega$ ...

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### An identity for Futaki-Donaldson invariant

Let $(X,L)$ be a polarized projective variety
Given an ample line bundle $L\to X$, then a test configuration for the pair $(X,L)$ consists of :
a scheme $\mathfrak X$ with a $\mathbb C^*$-action
a ...

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**1**answer

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### Integrals of pullbacks and the Inverse function theorem(s?)

The usual story goes like this:
Smooth picture (?):
For a smooth bijection $\phi: M \to N$ between $n$-manifolds the following
is true:
$\phi^{-1}$ is a local diffeomorphism a.e.
...

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votes

**1**answer

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### The heat kernel as an exponential of an integral

In $\mathbb{R}^n$, if $\gamma$ is a line segment between $x_0 = \gamma (0)$ and $x = \gamma (t)$, one has the following formula:
$$\frac {\mathbb{e}^{- \frac{1}{4} \int_0^t <\dot{\gamma}, ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Continuous isometries on Ricci flat compact manifolds

If I am not mistaken, a compact Ricci-flat manifold can have at most torus isometries. What is the name of the corresponding theorem or where can I find this result proven?
It is known that ...

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vote

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### A question about horizontal lifts for an Ehresmann connection

I was just reading the Ehresmann connection wikipedia page and noticed that it defines an Ehresmann connection to be complete if a curve in the base can be horizontally lifted over its entire domain. ...

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### Complex manifolds with trivial canonical bundle

It is known that a compact Calabi-Yau manifold can be defined as a compact Kahler manifold $M$ with trivial canonical bundle, or alternatively, a reduction of the structure group from $U(n)$ to ...

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vote

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### Is $M=E_{7(7)}/SU(7)\times\mathbb{R}^{+}$ a Kahler-Hodge manifold? (possible open problem)

I have been told that the following is an open problem in mathematics, but I am pretty sure that experts in the topic surely know the answer. The problem is:
Is the manifold
...

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### Is there a “geometric” intuition underlying the notion of normal varieties?

I first got concious of the notion of normal varieties around 3 years ago and despite the fact that by now I can manipulate with it a bit, this notion still puzzles me a lot.
One thing that strikes me ...

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**0**answers

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### The open problem of finding the explicit metric on a compact Calabi-Yau manifold

If I am not mistaken, no explicit metric on a compact Calabi-Yau manifold is known. I guess part of the difficulty is due to the fact that compact Calabi-Yau manifolds do not admit continuous ...

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**1**answer

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### Obstruction to a $SU(4)$-structure in eight dimensions

What is the obstruction for the existence of a $SU(4)$-structure on a spin, eight-dimensional manifold $M$? This is equivalent to the existence of two nowhere vanishing global sections of the ...

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### dual of the Lie derivative

Let $\Omega^p(M)$ be the smooth degree $p$ differential forms on an $n$-dimensional manifold $M$. The Hodge $\ast$ operator maps $\ast : \Omega^p(M) \to \Omega^{n-p}(M)$. Using the Hodge dual we can ...

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### Internal equivalence implies weak equivalence for Frechet Lie groupoids?

It is a known theorem that an internal equivalence of Lie groupoids (finite dimensional manifolds!) - that is an equivalence in the 2-category of Lie groupoids, smooth functors and transformations - ...

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### Lifting quadratic forms on the cotangent bundle to higher level forms

Backround
In several complex variables, an essential tool is Hormander's machinery for solving the $\overline{\partial}$ problem with $L^2$ estimates.
If $\alpha$ is a $(p,q+1)$ form on a domain ...

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votes

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### A question about Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory

Let $G$ ba a compat Lie group and $\frak g$ be its Lie algebra, then by Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory we know that if we take $M=T^*G$ and $J:M\to \frak g^*$ be its moment map then the reduced ...

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### “Parallel translate” of a geodesic in the following sense [closed]

Since I'm lazy, I'm shamelessly referring to the following question:
Derivative of Exponential Map
Given a Riemannian manifold $M$, let $\gamma: (a,b) \to M$ be a geodesic and $E$ a parallel vector ...