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### Minimal volume of 4-manifolds

This question came up in a talk of Dieter Kotschick yesterday. The minimal volume of a manifold is the infimum of volumes of Riemannian metrics on the manifold with sectional curvatures bounded in ...

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### A paper to the question, if the six dimensional sphere is a complex manifold

Hi,
for a few days a paper was published on arxiv.org with the title "The six dimensional sphere is a complex manifold": http://arxiv.org/PS_cache/math/pdf/0505/0505634v3.pdf
Because I am not able to ...

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### Is S^2 x S^4 a complex manifold?

As observed by Calabi a long time ago, the manifold $S^2\times S^4$ admits an almost-complex structure (obtained by embedding it in $\mathbb{R}^7$ and using the octonionic product), which however is ...

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### Are the eigenvalues of the Laplacian of a generic Kähler metric simple?

It is a theorem of Uhlenbeck that for a generic Riemannian metric, the Laplacian acting on functions has simple eigenvalues, i.e., all the eigenspaces are 1-dimensional. (Here "generic" means the set ...

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### Lipschitz constant of a homotopy

Let $n>0$, $\mathbb S^n$ be $n$-sphere and $1\in \mathbb S^n$ be its north pole.
A am looking for an example of compact manifold $M$ with a continuous $n$-parameter family off maps $h_x\colon M\to ...

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### Does the Ricci flow approach shed light on Poincare conjecture in higher dimension?

I know that the Poincaré conjecture was first proved in dimension ≥ 5, then dimension 4, and finally 3. I'm just curious, does the Ricci flow approach by Perelman shed any light on the high dimension ...

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### Milnor's cartography problem

Let $\Omega$ be a round disc of radius $\alpha<\pi/2$ on the standard sphere.
It is easy to construct a $(1,\tfrac{\alpha}{\sin\alpha})$-bi-Lipschitz map from $\Omega$ to the plane.
Is it true ...

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### Applications of Berger's Curvature Estimate

I'm interested in applications of the following estimate of Berger on the Riemann curvature tensor:
Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold of dimension $n \geq 4$, let $p \in M$, and assume that the ...

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### Nontrivial tangent bundle that is diffeomorphic to the trivial bundle

Is there an example of a smooth $n$-manifold $M$ whose tangent bundle is nontrivial as a bundle but is nonetheless (abstractly) diffeomorphic to the trivial bundle $M \times \mathbb{R}^n$?
(This ...

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### Has Cheeger's 'de Rham cohomology' of metric measure spaces been studied beyond its definition?

In J. Cheeger's 'Differentiability of Lipschitz Functions on Metric Measure Spaces' (Geometric and Functional Analysis, 1999, Vol. 9 pp 428-517, see here), a 'de Rham cohomology group' ...

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### A simple proof that parallelizable oriented closed manifolds are oriented boundary?

So let $M$ be a smooth closed orientable real manifold such that $M$ is parallelizable, i.e., the tangent space $TM$ of $M$ is trivial. From the triviality of $TM$ we get that the Stiefel-Whitney and ...

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### Examples of Clifford Modules

For a Riemannian manifold $M$, a Clifford module is a bundle over $M$ that is, fiberwise, a representation of the Clifford algebra bundle $Cl(TM)$ and has a connection compatible with this action. ...

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### “Small” maps from sphere to sphere

Start with a continuous map $f:S^{n+k} \rightarrow S^n$ (round unit spheres). The graph of $f$ lives in $S^{n+k}\times S^n$ and suppose it has a surface area (as a subspace of co-dimension $n$). Now ...

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### Exotic smoothness and Parallelizability

Regarding the parallelizability of the Milnor's seven dimensional exotic spheres:
Parallelizability of the Milnor's exotic spheres in dimension 7
The following question naturally arises:
Suppose ...

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### What is the holomorphic sectional curvature?

Let $X$ be an $n$-dimensional complex manifold, let $\omega$ be a Kahler metric on $X$ and let $R$ be the $(4,0)$ curvature tensor of $\omega$. We can simplify the tensor $R$ in different ways, two of ...

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### How come Cartan did not notice the close relationship between symmetric spaces and isoparametric hypersurfaces?

Elie Cartan made fundamental contributions to the theory of Lie groups and their geometrical applications. Among those, we can list the introduction of the remarkable family of Riemannian symmetric ...

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### Avoiding integers in the spectrum of the Laplacian of a Riemann surface

Let $\Sigma^2$ be an orientable compact surface of genus $gen(\Sigma)\geq2$, and denote by $\mathcal M(\Sigma)$ the moduli space of hyperbolic metrics on $\Sigma$, i.e., Riemannian metrics of constant ...

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### Poincaré recurrence and symplectic packings

Question. Is there any example of a path connected symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ that has infinite volume, but which cannot be packed by an infinite number of symplectic balls of a fixed radius ...

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### 3 manifolds with diffeomorphic unit tangent bundles

What can one say about two closed oriented 3-manifolds $M_1$ and $M_2$ such that $S^2 \times M_1$ is diffeomorphic to $S^2 \times M_2$?

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### What is Quillen's contribution to index theorem?

In the book "Heat Kernels and Dirac Operators" by Berline, Getzler and Vergne it is said that "Our book is based on a simple principle, which we learned from D. Quillen: Dirac operators are a ...

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### When is a submersion locally volume-expanding?

I would like to characterize the smooth maps $\varphi: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^k$, $n\geq k$, with the following property:
For every $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$ there exists a positive number ...

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### Killing spinors and symmetric tensor fields.

Hi all,
I have a question of the following form: Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian spin manifold which admits a Killing spinor $\sigma$ and let $h:T M \to T M$ be a symmetric, trace-free and ...

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### Covering a subset by submanifolds

Let $K$ be a compact subset of a Euclidean space of very large dimension $N$. Assume
that any point $x\in K$ has a neighborhood $U\subset K$ which is contained in a smooth
$l$-dimensional submanifold ...

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### Carleson's Theorem on Manifolds

Let $M$ be an oriented, compact, differentiable manifold with some Riemmanian metric $g$, so that $(M,g)$ has a nice volume form and one can define $L^2(M,g)$ as the completion of $C^\infty(M)$ under ...

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### Seemingly elementary geometric problem in R^3 which requires the axiom of choice

While playing with what I called "quantum matching", the following problem arose: construct a map $F$ from the unit sphere $S_2$ in $R^3$ to itself such that $F(X)$ is orthogonal to $X$ plus has one ...

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### What sort of geometry does the Whitehead manifold have as a hypersurface in $\mathbb{R}^4$?

If I understand correctly, the standard $\mathbb{R}^4$ is diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}\times W$ where $W$ is the Whitehead manifold (i.e., is an open three-manifold that is contractible and not ...

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### Are the Chern numbers of a hyperbolic-type compact complex manifold bounded in terms of the Euler number?

Let $X$ be an $n$-dimensional compact Kahler manifold with negative first Chern class. Are its Chern numbers $\prod_{i=1}^{n-1} c_i^{k_i}$, over $k _i
\geq 0$ with $\sum ik_i = n$, bounded in terms ...

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### non-vanishing magnetic helicty density

Suppose you are given a nowhere-vanishing exact 2-form $B=dA$ on an open, connected domain $D\subset\mathbb{R}^3$. I'd like to think of $B$ as a magnetic field.
Consider the product $H(A)=A\wedge ...

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### Embeddings of hyperbolic $n$-manifolds in $R^{n+2}$

Is there any example of a compact manifold $M$ of dimension $n>10000$
such that
$M$ admits an embedding into $\mathbb R^{n+2}$,
$M$ is hyperbolic; i.e., it admits a Riemannian metric with
...

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### Exhaustion of an open manifold of bounded curvature and finite volume

In the Cheeger-Gromov paper "On the Characteristic Numbers of Complete Manifolds of Bounded Curvature and Finite Volume",
http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~aar/papers/cheegergr1.pdf,
the authors make the ...

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### Reference request for TQFT, functoriality

I am reading Turaev's blue book Quantum Invariants of Knots and 3-manifolds.
It is difficult for me to understand the proof of Theorem 1.9 in chapter 4, which says;
The function $(M, \partial_{-}M, ...

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### Moduli space of semistable bundles

It is well-known that the space of S-equivalence classes of rank 2 semistable holomorphic vector bundles with trivial determinant on a genus 2 surface M is $CP^3$ (more concretely ...

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### What is the origin of the formula for the Lie derivative along a Killing vector?

Background
Let $(M,g)$ be an $n$-dimensioal riemannian manifold. A vector field $X$ on $M$ is said to be a Killing vector if the flow it generates is an isometry; that is, it preserves the metric ...

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### Hausdorff measure question

Say we have some compact metrisable topological space $X$ with a measure $\mu$ defined on the Borel sets of $X$. Then is there some way to determine whether $\mu$ is the Hausdorff measure associated ...

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### quantitative version of the rigidity of the 2-sphere

I am looking for a quantitaive version of the following theorem:
A compact surface with $K\equiv 1$ is isometric to the round sphere.
Of course I get the Berger, Brendle-Schoen Theorem which insures ...

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### Surfaces with many (but not solely) closed geodesics?

Let $S$ be a closed surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$,
let's say of genus zero.
I seek examples of $S$ with the following property:
If one selects a random any point $p$ on $S$, and a random
...

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### Systoles of hyperbolic (Riemann) surfaces of large genus

Let $m$ be a Riemannian metric on $S_g$ the surface of genus $g$, and $sys(m)$ be the length of the shortest non contractible cycle with respect to $m$.
The systolic inequality claims that for any ...

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### Immersions of Topoi

An immersion of smooth manifolds is a smooth map whose Jacobian has full rank at each point in the source manifold.
Is there a notion of ``immersion'' for geometric morphisms of topoi which ...

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### Are there exotic $S^2\times S^2$?

On 2010 AKHMEDOV and PARK claimed there are infinitely many exotic smooth structures on $S^2\times S^2$, see http://arxiv.org/abs/1005.3346
Then Rasmussen posted a paper : Perfect Morse functions and ...

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### What is known about the Yang-Mills stratification over 3-manifolds?

Rade proved in his thesis (Crelle's Journal, 1992, available here: digizeitschriften.de/dms/toc/?PPN=PPN243919689) that if $E\rightarrow M$ is a $U(n)$-bundle over a 3-manifold, then the gradient flow ...

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### Why does the index of the Dirac operator on a manifold with boundary live inside the Pfaffian line of the boundary Dirac operator?

I am trying to understand a statement from page 72 of What is an elliptic object? by Stolz and Teichner.
They have a spin Riemannian 2-manifold $\Sigma$, with boundary 1-manifold $Y$. The Dirac ...

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### Good introduction to Morse-Novikov theory?

Morse theory investigates the topology of compact manifolds using critical points of real-valued functions $f\colon\, M\to \mathbb{R}$. Motivated by problems in dynamical systems, Novikov (Multivalued ...

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### Computing the Chern-Simons invariant of $SO(3)$

I recently tried asking this question on math.stackexchange.com but I have not yet received any feedback so I thought I should try asking here. I apologize if this question is too basic. The question ...

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### Central Yang-Mills connections, and flat connections with prescribed holonomy

Let $X$ be $\Sigma^g$ which is the Riemann surface of genus $g$, and consider a trivial $G$-bundle over it.
1) In this $2$-d setting, the space of Yang-Mills central connections is the set of ...

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### Injectivity of Lie group exponential function

If $G$ is a (finite-dimensional) Lie group, then the exponential function $\exp\colon\mathfrak{g}\to G$ is injective on some identity neighbourhood. If, moreover, $\mathfrak{g}$ is semi-simple and ...

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### Negative curvature in the middle of $R^{3}$

What's a simple example of metric on $R^{3}$ which has negative scalar curvature inside of a (limited) set N, and is equal to the standard (Euclidean) metric outside?
Basically, I am asking for a ...

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### A conjecture of Thurston and possibly Weeks too

What is the status of the following conjecture:
"... [w]hen the shortest simple closed geodesics are repeatedly removed from any complete hyperbolic 3-manifold of finite volume, eventually one ...

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### “Mathai-Quillen-type” form on $M\times M$?

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact, oriented, $(2n)$-dimensional Riemannian manifold. I'm wondering whether there is a "canonical" construction of a $(2n)$-form $\eta_g$ on $M\times M$, such that
$\eta_g$ is ...

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### Central Extension of Continuous Loop Group

For the group $LG$ of smooth loops into a simple compact 1-connected Lie group $G$ there is a well-known universal central extension. My qustion is basically whether this extension also exists for the ...