Complex, contact, Riemannian, pseudo-Riemannian and Finsler geometry, relativity, gauge theory, global analysis.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
0answers
32 views

Does null geodesic flow live on a natural compact bundle?

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact pseudo-Riemannian manifold (closed or with boundary). A geodesic $\gamma:(a,b)\to M$ is called null if $g_{ij}\dot\gamma^i\dot\gamma^j=0$. The geodesic flow can be seen as a ...
5
votes
1answer
171 views

Time averages and differentiability

Let $\varphi_t : M \rightarrow M$ be a smooth flow on a smooth manifold $M$. We may assume (although I'm not sure if this is important) that the flow preserves a smooth volume form on $M$. Given a ...
10
votes
1answer
703 views

Examples of Einstein four-manifolds of negative sectional curvature

Are there any nontrivial compact Einstein four-manifolds of negative or nonpositive sectional curvature? by nontrivial we mean not quotients of $\mathbb{H}^4$, $\mathbb{C}H^2$, ...
2
votes
3answers
164 views

Courant algebroids which are not exact

Does somebody have some interesting examples of Courant algebroids which are not exact? By exact I mean one which is of the form $TM\oplus T^\star M$ with the standard bracket twisted by a closed ...
1
vote
1answer
189 views

Convex polyhedron and its Gauß-curvature [on hold]

I have asked this question on MathSE and no one could give me an answer. So I'll post my question here. What I am trying to prove: A convex polyhedron has positive Gauß-Curvature at every vertex. ...
3
votes
1answer
80 views

Differential Operators On A Curve And On Osculating Circle

Given a 1D Riemannian manifold $\Gamma$ embedded in 2D Euclidean space (e.g. a parametric curve on a plane $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ ), and point $x_{0}\in \Gamma$, we denote $S^{1}(x_{0})$ the circle ...
1
vote
0answers
92 views

Proof of Arnold-Liouville theorem in classical mechanics [on hold]

I am currently reading Arnold's book "Mathematical Methods of classical mechanics" on page 278 and I don't see through his arguments there at a point. Especially, I am talking about the part that ...
0
votes
1answer
127 views

Non Hamiltonian vector field

Let $\Phi: G \times M \rightarrow M$ be a group action on a symplectic manifold $M$ and $G$ be a Lie group. Furthermore, $x$ is a solution of the Hamilton equation $\dot{x}(t) = X_H(x(t))$ and for a ...
0
votes
0answers
85 views

Derivative of a group action [migrated]

Let $\phi : G \times M \rightarrow M$ be a group action on a smooth manifold $M$ and Lie group $G$. Then we define $$f(t):=\phi(g(t),d(t)).$$ where $g: I \rightarrow G$ and $d: I \rightarrow M$ are ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

Gradient of distance function at cut points on Alexandrov spaces

Let $M$ be an $n$-dim Alexandrov space with curvature bounded below $sec \geqslant k$, possibly non-compact. We assume that $M$ has no boundary for simplicity. For a compact subset $K \subset M$, the ...
1
vote
1answer
171 views

Integrating Poisson groups

Recall that a symplectic groupoid (http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.bams/1183553676) is a Lie groupoid $\mathcal{G}\rightrightarrows X$ together with a symplectic structure on $\mathcal{G}$ ...
3
votes
1answer
308 views

Monge–Ampère with drift

Let $I\subseteq \mathbb{R}$ be an interval. Let smooth $M(x,y):I\times(0,\infty) \to \mathbb{R}$ satisfies PDE: $$ M_{xx}M_{yy}-M_{xy}^{2}+\frac{M_{y}M_{yy}}{y}=0. $$ My question is to ...
0
votes
0answers
168 views

Non-university jobs suited for pure mathematician turned computational neuroscientists, with coding experience [on hold]

I also asked this question on academia stack exchange, http://academia.stackexchange.com/questions/48057/type-of-non-university-research-jobs-suitable-for-a-mathematician-turned-comput but asking ...
1
vote
0answers
258 views

Vafa's semi-Ricci flat metric

Cumrun Vafa with Greene-Shapere-Yau introduced semi-Ricci flat metric here B. Greene, A. Shapere, C. Vafa, and S.-T. Yau. Stringy cosmic strings and noncompact Calabi-Yau manifolds. Nuclear Physics ...
10
votes
2answers
249 views

Volume-minimizing submanifold implies calibrated?

Let $X$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $d$ and $M$ an oriented submanifold of dimension $p < d$ so that the multiples k⋅M are absolutely minimizing $p$-volume in their integral homology ...
2
votes
0answers
94 views

Gauge freedom in the tetrad

I'm reading the following paper about Petrov type D space times called "Type D vacuum metrics": http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jmp/10/7/10.1063/1.1664958 by Kinnersley. I have a ...
5
votes
0answers
146 views
+50

How to get a polygon from a translation surface $(X,\omega)$

Let $S_g$ be a compact topological surface of genus $g$. I know there is the correspondence $\{$Abelian differentials on compact Riemann surfaces of genus g$\}\leftrightarrow\{$ Translation surfaces ...
3
votes
1answer
158 views

Which sections of $T^*M\odot T^*M$ have reproducing kernel “primitives”?

Given a smooth reproducing kernel $\kappa:M\times M\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ on a manifold $M$, we can construct a section, $\alpha_{\kappa}$, of the symmetric tensor product $T^*M\odot T^*M$ by taking ...
5
votes
1answer
154 views

Automorphism group of a fiber bundle surjects onto diffeomorphism group?

This should surely be well-known by I have not been able to find a good reference to the following question: Given a smooth fiber bundle $\pi\colon P \longrightarrow M$ over a smooth manifold $M$ with ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Largest Set of Special Unitary Matricies With Invariant Subspace For Adjoint Action

I am trying to solve the following. Given the special unitary group $SU(n)$ and its adjoint action $Ad_{U}: \mathfrak{su}(n) \rightarrow \mathfrak{su}(n)$, what is the largest subset of $SU(n)$ such ...
3
votes
1answer
270 views

Affine space structure on the space of Hermitian connections

I'm reading Gauduchon's paper Hermitian connections and Dirac operators. For a fixed almost-Hermitian manifold $(M, g, J)$ let $\mathcal A(g, J)$ be the space of connections $\nabla$ s.t. $\nabla g = ...
1
vote
0answers
94 views

Steepest descent path and Picard-Lefschetz theory

Assume that an ordinary integral of the form $$I=\int_{-\infty}^{\infty}dx e^{-f(x)} $$ for some real function $f(x)$ is given where $f(x)$ is well defined over all $\mathbb{R}$ and the integral is ...
1
vote
1answer
346 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 ...
2
votes
0answers
263 views

Differential and pre-differential of Jacobi identity

Let M be a manifold. To what extent all Lie algebra structures with tensorial property on $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ are studied? That is a Lie algebra structure for which $[X,fY]=f[X,Y]$. (For ...
45
votes
0answers
2k views

Complex structure on $S^6$ gets published in Journ. Math. Phys

A paper by Gabor Etesi was published that purports to solve a major outstanding problem: Complex structure on the six dimensional sphere from a spontaneous symmetry breaking Journ. Math. Phys. 56, ...
6
votes
0answers
142 views

Smooth morse theory of Riemannian distance functions

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold, and $p\in M$. As $R>0$ increases, the topology of the ball $B(p,R)$ changes, but the changes happen only at a Lebesgue measure zero set of $R$. For instance, ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Characterisation of vector fields solution to a simple equation

This question is complementary to another question I asked on math.stackexchange. I believe it is more subtle than it seems - it will become clearer when I provide more context - and probably hides ...
1
vote
1answer
94 views

Decomposition of a closed surface

I know that I can decompose an hyperbolic closed surface of genus $g>1$ into $2(g−1)$ pants bounded by $3$ geodesics. It seems reasonable to think the same can be done for a closed surface of genus ...
2
votes
0answers
90 views

Do smooth manifolds create colimits for complex manifolds?

Suppose we have a diagram $D$ in the category $\textrm{Diff}_\mathbb{C}$ of complex manifolds, and suppose this diagram has a colimit $L$ after inclusion in the category $\textrm{Diff}$ of smooth ...
0
votes
1answer
130 views
2
votes
0answers
59 views

Bounding distance between geodesics in manifolds with nonpositive curvature

This is a duplicate of a question at the stackexchange which was not answered. I've recently read (in some notes by Mark Pollicott) the following related claims, which, although quite intuitive, I ...
1
vote
0answers
21 views

Symplectic group action [migrated]

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold. We say that a group action $\phi: G \times M \rightarrow M$ is symplectic if each $\phi(g,.)$ is a symplectomorphism. Now, I am going through some lecture ...
1
vote
0answers
59 views

Volume element of symmetric definite matrices in polar coordinates

I have a difficulty to understand the following statement. I don't ask for a proof but just understand the statement concretely (what it does mean, how to apply it...) Let $\mathcal P_n$ be the ...
-3
votes
1answer
132 views

Finding Riemannian metric for this geodesic [closed]

In a $d$-dimensional manifold, given a geodesic equation $\gamma^i(t)=a^i\phi(tb^i),i\in 1\ldots d$, where $\phi:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^+$ is an increasing function, $a^i>0,b^i$ are ...
1
vote
0answers
99 views

Taylor expansions of Riemannian exponential map and Jacobi fields? [closed]

Apologies if this is not exactly a research-level questions, but I've no known reference where I can figure it out myself. I asked this on math.stackexchange.com, ...
0
votes
1answer
166 views

Positive solutions to Yamabe problem?

Yamabe problem ensures that for any Riemannian metric $g$, in its conformal class $[g]$ there always exists a metric $\bar g$ whose scalar curvature $\bar R$ is constant. I was wondering whether ...
2
votes
1answer
142 views

Perturb a given smooth function to a Morse function relative to fixed level sets, which are already fine

This question was not answered on math.stackexchange. Let $M$ be a manifold (not necessarily compact) , for the sake of clearness embedded in $\mathbb{R^n}$ and $f\colon M\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a ...
1
vote
1answer
307 views

Explicitly describing the region of the plane “outward of” a simple, open, oriented, cubic curve $c:(0,1)\to\mathbb{R}^2$

Some Context: I'm working with some data given in the form of Bezier curves. I need to sort these (partially ordered) Bezier curves by "outwardness" (described below) and have come across an ...
2
votes
1answer
175 views

existence of totally geodesic hypersurfaces

Assume we are on a smooth, complete Riemannian manifold $(M,g), dim(M) \geq 3$. What are the specific geometric/topological constraints for such a manifold to admit complete, totally geodesic ...
1
vote
1answer
153 views

Spherical harmonics and ellipticity of the Laplacian

Let us consider the sphere $S^n$ and the Laplacian $-\Delta$ on it. Let $L^2(S^n) = \bigoplus_k V_k$, where $V_k$ represents the eigenspace of the Laplacian with eigenvalue $k(k + n - 1)$. We know ...
3
votes
1answer
147 views

Reference request: Intrinsic definition of the strong Whitney topology on $\mathcal{C}^{\infty}(M,\mathbb{R})$ without using charts or jets

Let $M$ and $N$ be smooth manifolds. There is a description of the strong Whitney topology on $\mathcal{C}^{\infty}(M,N)$ in terms of partial derivative in charts (using locally finite sets of charts ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

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, ...
0
votes
0answers
54 views

Kerr metric affine parameter

I'm going through the chapter about Kerr space-time of Chandrasekhar's "Mathematical theory of black holes", and have a question about the following transformation: the idea is, that one wants to ...
4
votes
2answers
167 views

Exponential rule for Whitney-$\mathcal{C}^{\infty}$-topology

Let $M,N,X$ be smooth manifolds. Equip the space of smooth functions between two manifolds with the (strong) Whitney- $\mathcal{C}^\infty$-topology. The evaluation map $$ev\colon ...
3
votes
0answers
57 views

Are maps homotopic with respect to a uniform number of local homotopies

I've encountered the following problem that I'm sure someone more topologically inclined can answer: Say that a homotopy of maps $f:X\times[0,1)\to Y$ between two compact smooth manifolds $X$ and $Y$ ...
12
votes
1answer
266 views

Harmonic spinors on closed hyperbolic manifolds

Does anyone know an example of a closed spin hyperbolic manifold of dimension 3 or greater such that the kernel of the Dirac operator is non-trivial? I'm mainly interested in the 3-dimensional case ...
0
votes
0answers
112 views

Lie derivative and taking trace

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a complex Kahler manifold, and $g$ is a smooth function such that $\int_Mg\omega^n=0$. It is obvious that there exists a smooth function $f$ such that $\triangle_\omega f=g$. ...
5
votes
2answers
604 views

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 - ...
5
votes
1answer
345 views

Intersections of open balls in manifolds

This question is motivated by the post Uncountable intersections of open balls in a separable metric space. The general problem is the following: given a connected Riemannian manifold $M$, what are ...
1
vote
0answers
89 views

Moduli space of line-bundle holomorphic structures and sections over a Kahler-Hodge manifold

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a Kahler manifold with Kahler integral two-form $\omega$ and let $(L,h)$ be a rank-one complex vector bundle over $M$ equipped with a fixed hermitian metric $h$. I am interested in ...