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A survey for various $K$-homology theories and their relationship

The ordinary Topological $K$ theory defined by Atiyah and Hirzebruch is a generalized cohomology theory (see wikipedia).There is the Bott spectrum associated to this generalized cohomology ...
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Curvature and Parallel Transport

Here is an updated formulation of the question, which is more precise and I think completely correct: Suppose $M$ is a Riemannian manifold. Pick a point $p$ in $M$ and let $U$ be a neighborhood of ...
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Frame-bundle reduction from spinor-bundle reduction

Let $(M,g)$ be a $d$-dimensional Riemannian oriented, spin manifold, and let us denote by $F(M)$ its frame bundle, by $SP(M)$ its spin bundle and by $S = P(M)\times_{\rho}\Delta$ its spinor bundle, ...
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Gromov Geometric Structures and Killing fields

Let's fix some notations: $M$ will denote a real smooth, $m$-dimensional, manifold, $F^k(M)$ is the k-th order frame bundle on $M$ and $Gl^k(m)$ is the space of $k$-jets of diffeomorphisms of $\mathbb ...
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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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behaviour of first eigenfunction near the boundary

Consider $\Omega$ a smooth bounded domain in $R^N$ and suppose $ \phi_1(x)>0$ is the first eigenfunction of $ -\Delta$ in $H_0^1(\Omega)$ normalized however one chooses. My interest is in how $ ...
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is there a global obstruction for a diffeomorphism to be an isometry?

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional vector space. Let us call an automorphism $T:V\rightarrow V$ admissible if there exists an inner product $\langle , \rangle$ on $V$ making $T$ an isometry. We know ...
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Contraction with a vector field and pullback bundle

While trying to understand the proof of "smooth" version of Kostant-Hochschild-Rosenberg theorem (which is due to Connes for compact smooth manifolds) I found the following argumentation: one is ...
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An unusual metric reconstruction problem

$\newcommand{\bR}{\mathbb{R}}\newcommand{\pa}{\partial}$This questions has some nebulous roots in Morse theory. The most general version goes as follows. Fix an integer $n\geq 2$. Suppose that we have ...
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Kernel of Bianchi operator: Is a (smooth tame) Frechet manifold?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact manifold, $\mathcal{S}=\Gamma(\odot^2T^*M)$ the smooth tame Frechet space of smooth symmetric $2$-covariant tensors, and $\mathcal{M}=\Gamma(\odot^2_+T^*M)$ the smooth tame ...
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Is the analytic version of the Whitney Approximation Theorem true?

I initially asked this question on MSE but I haven't had any luck. The Whitney Approximation Theorem states that any continuous map between smooth manifolds is homotopic to a smooth map. If the ...
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Gerstenhaber versus Schouten

In terms of formal definitions, is there any distinction between Schouten and Gerstenhaber algebras?
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Volume of a complex manifold

Is there a theorem which states the following? Let $\mathcal{M}$ be a $k$ -dimensional complex submanifold of $\mathbb{C}^n, \ 1 \le k \le n$. Let $V \subset M$ be open, relatively compact in $M$, so ...
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Charts needed for an atlas

I just read this question link and asked myself, if there is any easy way to decide how many charts you actually need to cover a given compact manifold in $\mathbb{R}^3$, maybe at least in this ...
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Canonical metric of toric Kahler manifolds

Let $X$ be non-compact toric Kahler manifold associated to a Delzant polygon $P$ and $g$ be the canonical Kahler metric constructed by Guillemin. Is it true that the real part of $g$, as a ...
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Classification of complex structures on $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$

Is there anything known about classification of complex structures on $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$ up to isomorphism for $n>1$? Say, are there finitely or infinitely many isomorphism classes? If there is a ...
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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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Existence of a Lie algebra element orthogonal to the adjoint orbit of another element

Consider a compact, semi-simple, connected Lie group $G$ and its Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$. Denote the Killing form by $K$. Given a single $A \in \mathfrak{g}$ when (i.e. which groups and which $A$) ...
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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 ...
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manifold branched covering space for orbifolds

An orbifold structure on some topological space $X$ is a covering of $X$ with local quotient charts $V/G$, where $V$ is some connected manifold and $G$ effectively acts on $V$ via a finite group of ...
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Number of connected components of the isometry group of a simply-connected lorentzian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be a finite-dimensional connected lorentzian manifold. Then the group $G$ of isometries of $M$ (i.e., the group of diffeomorphisms $\varphi : M \to M$ with $\varphi^* g = g$) is a Lie ...
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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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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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Factoring constant rank maps into a submersion and an immersion

Let $X$ and $Z$ be smooth manifolds and $\phi: X \to Z$ a smooth map so that the differential $D \phi$ is everywhere of rank $d$. Is there necessarily a $d$-fold $Y$ so that $\phi$ factors as a ...
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Acyclicity of the sheaf of real analytic differential forms

Let $M$ be a real analytic manifold. In the book "Sheaves on Manifolds" by Kashiwara and Schapira it is claimed on p. 127 (without reference or proof) that the Poincare lemma holds for the de Rham ...
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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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(co)limits in the category of diffeological spaces vs. category of smooth manifolds

I am wondering which (co)limits that exist in the category of smooth manifolds are preserved by the inclusion into the category of diffeological spaces? Are there any results that allow us to ...
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Fiber bundle in smooth category and topological category

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $G$ be a Lie group. Denote by $Bun(M,G)$ the set of all equivalent smooth Principal bundles on $M$ with structural group $G$ in smooth category. And denote by ...
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Is there an action functional for the s-dependent Floer equation?

The usual Floer equation (in local coordinates) \begin{equation*} \partial_su+J(t,u)(\partial_tu-X_{H_t}(u))=0 \end{equation*} is derived as the gradient flow of the symplectic action functional ...
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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 ...
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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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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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Maryam Mirzakhani's works

Maryam Mirzakhani has made several contributions to the theory of moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces. Mirzakhani was awarded the Fields Medal in 2014 for "her outstanding contributions to the dynamics ...
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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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Central extension of the algebraic loop group

I'm doing some constructions with the universal central extension $\widehat{\Omega G}$ of the loop group $\Omega G$ (here $G$ is a matrix group), where a priori the loops involved are just smooth, but ...
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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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When can a Connection Induce a Riemannian Metric for which it is the Levi-Civita Connection?

As we all know, for a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$, there exists a unique torsion free connection $\nabla_g$, the Levi-Civita connection, that is compatible witht metric. I was wondering if one can ...
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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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How do I see sectional curvature in the principal bundle (or in Cartan's) approach to riemannian geometry?

Many books on differential geometry develop the geometry in the setting of principal bundles or moving frames. But when it comes the time to do riemannian geometry they leave all that nice machinery ...
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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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Existence of a special Kahler structure on the contangent bundle

It is known that the total space of the cotangent bundle $T^{\ast}M\to M$ of any manifold $M$ can be equipped with a Kahler structure. My question is, it is known when $T^{\ast}M$ admits a Special ...
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Classification of line bundles by Griffiths and Harris [migrated]

I am reading pages 132 and 133 of Principles of Algebraic Geometry by Griffiths and Harris. They consider an holomorphic line bundle $L\to M$ over a manifold $M$ and an open cover $\left\{ ...
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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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A question about Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory

Let $G$ be a compact 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 $J \colon M\to \frak g^*$ be its moment map then the ...
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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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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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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 ...