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Differential geometry [on hold]

If we have integrable distribution D of rank k on a manifold, and we have k functions which are zero homogeneous and constant on the leaves (basic functions). Can we glue together these functions to ...
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Some questions on the nodal geometry of Dirac operators

Let me begin by quoting a well-known result of Christian Baer (see here). The result goes as follows: Theorem (Baer): Consider a connected $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with Dirac bundle $S$ ...
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Lifting a differential operator

Let $D$ be a differential operator acting between the spaces of smooth sections of two vector bundles $E,F$ over compact manifold $M$. If $M$ is not simply connected one can construct the universal ...
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A solution for this equation with a certain condition

Let $(S^n(1),g)$ be the round sphere and $J_{\delta , \beta}$ be an almost complex structure on $TS^n(1)$ with the definition \begin{equation} J_{\delta , \beta}(X^h)=\beta X^h + \alpha X^v,\\ ...
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Is it possible to write down the explicit expressions of some extensions of conformal vector fields on spheres?

Let X be a conformal vector field on the standard sphere $S^n$ with standard metric $g_{S^n}$, then there exists a unique conformal vector fields in the unit ball $B_1(0)\subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$, ...
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Exotic line arrangements

I would like to discuss about the following problem. Hopefully, you will suggest me some ideas and bibliography. At first I provide some basic definitions to set up the notation. Let us consider a ...
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Unifying (& “justifying”) the various definitions for differential operators

Reading about differential operators in different sources I've picked up several definitions which are not obviously equivalent (to me). Here they are: Definition 1 ("naive"): Let $X$ be a (real) ...
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Lifting of a Diffeomorphism to an Orientable Double Cover [on hold]

Let $M$ be a non-orientable smooth $d$-dimensional manifold. Let $\tilde{M}$ be the oriented double cover for $M$; and let $f\in Diff^{1+\beta}(M)$. Define $\tilde{f}:\tilde{M}\rightarrow \tilde{M}$ ...
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diameter as a Morse function

Consider the space $X_1$ of closed subsets not containing a pair of antipodal points of the unit circle. Here we have a kind of degenerate Morse function, defined by the diameter of the pointset. ...
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Separating the points of projective spaces with real-analytic functions

Is there an easy way to separate the points of $\Bbb C \Bbb P^n$ or $\Bbb R \Bbb P^n$ (viewed as real-analytic manifolds) with real-analytic functions? If two points lie in a coordinate patch where a ...
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Why are there so many smooth functions?

I do understand that my question might seem a little bit ignorant, but I thought about it a lot and still can't wrap my head around it. Analycity imposes very strong conditions on a map, from ...
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What is a foliation and why should I care?

The title says everything but while it is a little bit provocative let me elaborate a bit about my question. First time when I met the foliation it was just an isolated example in the differential ...
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No normal coordinates on general Finsler manifolds

I recently read a footnote in Chern's article stating that a non-Riemmanian Finsler manifold does not possess normal coordinates. As I'm still new to non-Riemmanian Finsler geometry I don't see why ...
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Algebraic Geometry needed for Kähler-Einstein metric

I am a Master's student interested in Differential Geometry / Geometric Analysis. Currently active research is going on in Kähler-Einstein / Extremal Kähler metric. I was wondering how much Algebraic ...
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Perturbating the boundary of a helicoid

I prepare a long helix with many periods, so that I can obtain a helicoid with soap film, i.e. a minimal surface whose boundary is the helix. The helix is not perfect, it is unavoidable that some ...
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The fibration map $Diff(M) \rightarrow Emb(N,M)$

Let $M$ be a non-compact manifold, equipped with a (closed?) submanifold $N\subset M$. The action of $Diff(M)$ on the set of embeddings $N\hookrightarrow M$ induces a map $$ Diff(M) \rightarrow ...
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$A \wedge A \wedge A$ in Chern-Simons

I am confused with the wedging operations of Lie algebra valued differential forms. Especially, for instance, I have some problems with the Chern-Simons 3-form $$A \wedge dA + \frac{2}{3}A \wedge A ...
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Differential characters, Chern-Simons forms, and differential cohomology

I've read through the classic Chern-Simons paper where they introduce the Chern-Simons forms. These are differential forms whose exterior derivative gives you the characteristic forms for any given ...
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Moduli space of complex Tori [duplicate]

Is there any explicit computation for the Weil-Petersson metric on moduli space of Tori of complex dimension n?
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Why “Classification” of 4 manifolds is NOT possible?

I know classification of 2 manifolds and geometrization for 3 manifolds. Why for dimension great or equal to 4, this task become impossible? edit: Or should I ask "why geometrization won't be ...
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Symplectic orthogonality and projective duality: how do they work together?

Let $(V,\omega)$ be a $2n$-dimensional linear symplectic space, and $(\mathbb{P}V,\theta_\omega)$ the corresponding $(2n-1)$-dimensional contact manifold. Given a smooth $(n-1)$-dimensional smooth ...
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On fundamental solutions to Poisson equation on 3-dimensional manifolds

I am interesting in solutions to Poisson equation $$\triangle \varphi = 4 \pi \rho \qquad (1)$$ defined on 3-dimensional oriented Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$, where $g$ is metric and ...
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geodesic computation: “energy” minimization versus arc length minimization [migrated]

Is it true that applying the Euler-Lagrange equation to the integral $E(\gamma)=\int_{t_1}^{t_2} g_{\alpha\beta}(\gamma^{\alpha})'(\gamma^{\beta})'\operatorname{d}\!t$ rather than the arc length ...
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Regularity of Hodge Laplacian on bounded domains

I need a reference for the $W^{s,p}$ regularity of the Hodge boundary value problem on bounded domains. I need estimates $\lVert \omega \rVert_{W^{s+2,p}} \leq c \lVert f \rVert _{W^{s,p}}$, for ...
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Glueing together functions defined on the leaves of a foliation

Even though my question can be asked for very general types of foliations, I am interesetd only in its answer for Poisson manifolds, which are what I am currently studying. Consider a Poisson ...
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Dirac bundle and spinor bundle

What is the difference between Dirac bundle and spinor bundle?Morever, every spinor bundle is Dirac bundle, is it true?
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Double-layer potentials on Riemannian manifolds

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold, and let $S \subset M$ be a smooth hypersurface which divides $M$ into two domains $D_1$, $D_2$. Let also $g \colon S \to \mathbb R$ be a smooth function ...
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Can additivity of the Euler characteristic be interpreted in terms of the Poincaré–Hopf theorem? [on hold]

Whenever there is a long exact sequence in homology induced by a short exact sequence of chain complexes one finds that the corresponding Euler characteristics are additive. For example, if $Y \subset ...
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Strong equivalence between intrinsic and extrinsic metrics on $GL_n^+$?

$\newcommand{\til}{\tilde}$ Lately, I have become interested in comparing intrinsic and extrinsic metrics on Riemannian manifolds. Consider $GL_n^+$ (invertible matrices , $\det >0$) as an open ...
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Optimal exponent in the Lojasiewicz-Simon gradient inequality

Lojasiewicz's theorem asserts that if $F: \mathbb{R}^n\to \mathbb{R}$ is a real-analytic function in a neighborhood of its critical point $0$, then there exist constants $\theta\in (0,1/2]$, ...
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differential geometry using Robinson's infinitesimals?

Is there a detailed treatment of differential geometry using Robinson's infinitesimals?
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Applications of Gauss-Bonnet theorem

In wikipedia,I was pretty amazed to find a proof of fundamental theorem of algebra using Gauss Bonnet theorem. I think given how central it is to mathematics with its far reaching generalizations ...
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Nash-type theorems for Poisson manifolds

My question comes as a natural follow-up of the previous one which concerned symplectic manifolds: if $(M, P)$ is a Poisson manifold, what embedding theorems are there into some target space (I am ...
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Height function on 2-torus with only 3 critical points

It is well-known that a Morse function on $T^2$ has at least $4$ critical points, but also that there exist functions $f\colon T^2\to\mathbb R$ with only 3 critical points (the least possible number ...
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Carre du Champ, Subunit Paths and CC-metrics

Let the operator $L$ be given by $Lf(x):=\nabla\cdot (A\nabla f(x))$, where $f:\mathbb{R}^d\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ belongs to a suitable class of functions $\mathcal{A}$. The carre du champ operator ...
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Is there an example of a Killing vector field on a complete Riemannian manifold with finite volume?

Is there a Killing vector field on a complete Riemannian manifold $M$ with finite volume that satisfies the condition $$\displaystyle\liminf_{r\rightarrow +\infty} \displaystyle\frac{1}{r} ...
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How to prove that the Laplace oparator of the Heisenberg group is sub-elliptic?

The Heisenberg group $H^3$ is the set $\mathbb C\times \mathbb R$ endowed with the group law $$ (z,t)\cdot(w,s) =\left (z+w, \,t+s+\tfrac{1}{2}\Im m(z \bar{w})\right). $$ For $z=x+ i y \in \mathbb C$ ...
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Does the Riemann-Christoffel curvature determine the connection?

I am looking for the integrability condition of the following system of pde: ...
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Hamiltonian potentials of holomorphic vector fields on modifications of Kahler manifolds

let $(M,\omega)$ be a compact Kähler manifold. Let $\mathfrak{g}=H^{0}(M,T_{M})$ be the Lie algebra of holomorphic vector fields on $M$.We can decompose $\mathfrak{g}$ as ...
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The Operator $\overline{\partial} + \overline{\partial}^*$ on an Hermitian Manifold

Every compact Kähler manifold has a canonical $spin^c$ structure. Moreover, the associated Dirac operator is isomorphic to $\overline{\partial} + \overline{\partial}^*$, acting on ...
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Parallel Transport on Hypersurface Spinor Bundle

So this has been driving me up a wall. I'm trying to digest parts of the Parker & Taubes paper, "On Witten's Proof of the Positive Energy Theorem." Here's a link: ...
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Is the map $\exp_x(\nabla_x \sum_{i=1}^m d^2(x_i,x))$ Lipschitz?

The last question is too general, this is a modification. Let $M$ be an $n$ dimensional Riemannian manifold. Fix $m$ points $x_1,...,x_m$. Suppose $y$ is not in the cut locus of $x_i$ for $1 ...
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Does a $G$-structure on $M$ automatically descend to a contact $G$-structure on $\mathbb{P}T^*M$?

If $M$ is a real smooth manifold of dimension $n+1$, by $D\in\mathbb{P}T^*M$ I mean a tangent hyperplane at some point of $M$. I denote by $b$ the canonical projection of the $(2n+1)$-dimensional ...
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Representation theory and associated bundles

I am looking for a text or set of notes that discusses the relationship between the representation theory of Lie groups and associated vector bundles, preferably using modern categorical language. For ...
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Is there a Nash-type theorem for symplectic manifolds?

If $(M, \omega)$ is a symplectic manifold, is it possible to embed (or injectively immerse) it symplectically into a sufficiently large $(\Bbb R ^{2N}, \Omega)$, (with the usual symplectic structure)? ...
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Weak $H^1$-limit of “almost conformal” maps

Let us consider a sequence of maps $\phi_n : (M, g) \to \mathbb{R}^k$, where $M$ is a surface. Let $\phi_n \to \phi$ weakly in the sense of $H^1$-norm, and let $\phi$ be non-trivial. Let $\mathcal{H}$ ...
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semi flat connections

Let $L\to V$ be complex line bundle and $F_{t}:V\to V$, $t\in [0,1]$, be a loop of diffeomorphisms, $F_0=F_1=$ identity. For every $x\in V$, we get a loop $\gamma_x(t)=\{F_t(x)\}$ whose class in ...
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Heat kernel asymptotics for small distances

I heard a talk where the speaker said that on a Riemannian manifold, for small values of $\text{dist }(x, y)$, the heat kernel $p_t(x, y)$ satisfies $$p_t(x, y) = \frac{1}{(4\pi ...
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Harmonic function with gradient of constant norm in hyperbolic 3-space

I investigate certain stationary charged perfect fluid solutions to the Einstein-Maxwell equations in general relativity. The classification of these solutions has led me to the following question: ...
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Recovering a smooth manifold from its tensor fields

1) Consider the algebra $\mathcal T (M) = \bigoplus \limits _{p, q \ge 0} \mathcal T ^{p, q} (M)$, where $\mathcal T ^{p, q} (M)$ is the space of tensor fields of type $(p,q)$. I should endow it with ...