The study of differentiable manifolds and differentiable maps. One fundamental problem is that of classifying manifolds up to diffeomorphism. Differential topology is what Poincaré understood as topology or “analysis situs”.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

7
votes
1answer
191 views

Non-orientable $6$-manifold with $H_4(M)=\mathbb{Z}/2$?

Does there exist a smooth, closed, non-orientable $6$-manifold $M$ such that $H_4(M;\mathbb{Z})=\mathbb{Z}/2$?
0
votes
0answers
25 views

Preimage of singular points of smooth map between vector space and $SU(n)$

(Moved from Math SE as no answer was forthcomming: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/1294521/161684) Given a smooth ($C^{\infty}$) map $\phi: V \rightarrow SU(n)$ (which is taken to be surjective) ...
0
votes
1answer
74 views

Is the space of smooth maps $C^{\infty}(M,N)$ with the Whitney $C^{\infty}$ topology locally compact, if $M$ is compact

The title says it all: Let $M$ be a compact manifold and $N$ a (possible non compact) manifold. Equip the space of smooth functions $C^{\infty}(M,N)$ with the Whitney $C^{\infty}$ topology. (The ...
2
votes
1answer
97 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 ...
16
votes
1answer
391 views

Differential Topology over $\mathbb{Q}$

I have a specific question in mind, but it requires some explanation and context before it can be formally stated. To summarize it in a sentence, this is it: Are every two rational manifolds of the ...
14
votes
3answers
520 views

When can a class in $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ be represented by a fiber bundle over $S^1$

For a topological space M, It is known from homotopy theory that the elements of the first cohomology $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ are in 1-1 correspondence with homotopy classes of maps $[M,S^1]$ In my case ...
-3
votes
1answer
166 views

Loop space of manifold [closed]

Question A: The free loop space of a manifold is also a manifold? Question B: The free loop space of an algebraic variety is also a algebraic variety ? Are these questions asked or answered anywhere ...
0
votes
0answers
119 views

Gromov's defenition of Content of Ball

Let $B(p, R)$ denote the metric ball of radius $R$ centered at $p$ in a manifold. Then Gromov defined the content of the ball by $$Cont(B(p,R))=rank(H_*(B(p, R/5))\to H_*(B(p,R))) $$ and he remark ...
8
votes
1answer
226 views

is there a diffeomorphism with only finite orbits but of infinite order?

I asked this in stackexchange, but got no answer, so I am trying here. Is it possible for a diffeomorphism $\phi$ (of a smooth manifold $M$) to have the following properties: All its orbits are ...
5
votes
3answers
328 views

When a homeomorphism is a diffeomorphism w.r.t to a suitable smooth structure?

Assume we have a homeomoprhism $\phi:M\rightarrow M$, where $M$ is a topological manifold which admits at least one smooth structure. Is it always possible to construct a smooth structure on $M$ ...
3
votes
0answers
169 views

Do J-holomorphic curves “very nearly” fail to be an immersion near the bubbling points?

Let $u_{t}: \mathbb{P}^1 \longrightarrow \mathbb{P}^2$ be a family of degree $2$ maps defined (for $t$ small and non zero) by $$u_t([X,Y]) := [X^2, t Y^2, XY].$$ Note that as $t$ goes to zero, ...
-1
votes
0answers
22 views

Is C^0 fine topology is finer that metric topology? [migrated]

Let C(E,F) be a set of continious maps between metric spaces E and F. Suppose we are given $C^0$ fine topology and a metric topology on C(E,F). We now that the fine topology is finer than compat-open ...
6
votes
2answers
280 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
146 views

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 ...
-1
votes
4answers
394 views

Studying topology: which first, algebraic or differential? [closed]

I have recently studying the basics of topology (ideas in point set, connectedness compactness) and I want to continue my studies but i'm interested in both differential and algebraic topology. which ...
1
vote
0answers
137 views

How does a level set look like when the minimum point of a function degenerate?

I apologize in advance if this question is well-known. I would like to know an explicit example of a compact, connected manifold $M$ and a smooth function $f: M \to\mathbb{R}$ which satisfy the ...
0
votes
0answers
49 views

Product structure on manifolds via lifting classifying maps

Let's say you want to study $d$-dimensional manifolds $M$ which decompose functorially into $M\cong N\times P$ for a fixed $P$. Can this structure be expressed by a lift of the stable normal bundle? ...
10
votes
1answer
273 views

Morse number of the Poincaré homology sphere

What is the Morse number of the Poincaré homology sphere? What about the stable Morse number?
6
votes
1answer
115 views

Closed geodesics in free smooth loop space?

I know very little about these subjects, so I apologise if this is a naive line of inquiry: Let $M$ be a smooth $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold. I understand that it is possible to construct an ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Cohomology operators inducing local basis of $1-$forms

Suppose that $\partial$ is a non-trivial ($\partial \neq 0$) cohomology operator on an $m-$dimensional manifold $M$ (that is: $\partial:\Omega(M)\to\Omega(M)$ is a degree $1$ derivation such that ...
0
votes
1answer
255 views

Shrinking $\mathcal{C}_c^{\infty}(M)$ to obtain a first countable space

This is a follow-up to this question. Let $M$ be manifold (Hausdorff, countable base, finite dimensional, if it simplifies anything embedded in $\mathbb{R}^n$). I'm interested in the topological ...
4
votes
2answers
373 views

How many metrics of constant curvature exist on a Riemannian surface?

I have been trying to determine the number of metrics of constant curvature on a surface of genus $n$, say $\Sigma$. For low values, the answer is clear, the moduli space is a point for the sphere, ...
7
votes
3answers
310 views

Classification of natural invariants of Riemannian structures

Before I formulate my question, let me remind P. B. Gilkey's characterization of Pontryagin forms,following the paper "On the heat equation and the index theorem" by Atiyah, Bott, Patodi. By ...
4
votes
1answer
114 views

Smoothing operator raising the smoothness exactly by one

Is there a continuous map $S: C^k(M)\to C^{k+1}(M)$ with the following properties? (1) if $S(f)$ is $C^{k+2}$, then $f$ is $C^{k+1}$, (2) if $f$ is $C^\infty$, then so is $S(f)$, (3) $f$ and $S(f)$ ...
2
votes
1answer
190 views

Ehresmann fibration theorem for manifolds with boundary

All manifolds in consideration may have nonempty boundary and may be disconnected. Let me fix a definition first. A map between smooth manifolds $M\rightarrow N$ is a fiber bundle, iff it's locally ...
6
votes
2answers
350 views

Relating different topologies on $C^{\infty}_c(M)$

This is somehow connected to this question. I can think of at least four topologies to put on $C_c(M)$: Topologize $C^{\infty}_c(M)\subseteq C^{\infty}(M)$ as a subspace with the weak Whitney ...
5
votes
1answer
230 views

When does the Borel construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex?

Suppose that $G$ is a Lie group acting smoothly on a manifold $M,$ does the Borel $M \times_G EG$ construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex? If not, under what conditions would this be true? ...
1
vote
1answer
96 views

Are normal deformations of an embedding open in the $C^{\infty}$-space of embeddings of a compact smooth manifold`

Let $M$ be a compact smooth manifold (closed, for simplicity), $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and equip the space of embeddings $Emb(M,\mathbb{R^n})$ wih the Whitney-$C^{\infty}$-topology. (The weak and the strong ...
2
votes
0answers
76 views

Analogue of the Euler class of a circle bundle and the global angular form

This is a general question that asks whether there is geometric significance to differential forms that restrict to G-invariant volume elements on the fibers of a principal G-bundle. For an SO(2) ...
7
votes
2answers
638 views

Stokes theorem with corners

I've found the following version of Stokes' theorem in G. Stolzenberg's lecture notes 19: Notation: for $1 \le n \le m$ $\Lambda(m, n) = \{ \lambda: \{1,...,n\} \rightarrow \{1,...,m\} \ | \ ...
2
votes
1answer
132 views

References on the Free Loop Space

I intend to approach the paper of Wolfgang Ziller: "The Free Loop Space of Globally Symmetric Spaces", but I need the proper background on the foundations of the study of Free Loop Spaces. I obtained ...
8
votes
2answers
229 views

A kind of uniqueness for the double of a manifold

Given two smooth, connected manifolds, M, N, with the same boundary. If their doubles, D(M) and D(N) are diffeomorphic, does it follow that M and N are diffeomorphic ? The condition on the boundary is ...
5
votes
0answers
143 views

proving the injectivity half of de Rham's theorem by construction in degrees other than $1$ and $n$

(This is a revision of a question I asked on MSE.) Let $M$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $n$, and let $\omega$ be a differential form of degree $p$ on $M$. Then we have (I'm pretty sure) the ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Why does the Gluck twist on a spun knot give the standard $S^4$?

Given a knotted arc $A \subset D^3$ (whose endpoints are, say, at $(\pm 1,0,0)$), the spun knot on this arc is $$\partial\left((D^3, A) \times D^2\right), = (\partial(D^3,A) \times D^2) \cup ((D^3,A) ...
2
votes
0answers
105 views

Estimates of eigenvalues of elliptic operators on compact manifolds

The classical Weyl law says that if $\Delta$ is the Laplace operator on functions on a compact Riemannian manifold $(M^n,g)$, $n>2$, then its $k$th eigenvalue satisfies the asymptotic formula ...
1
vote
0answers
110 views

Classification of $SU(n)$-principal bundles over a four-dimensional base

It is well-known that a principal $SU(2)$-bundle $P$ over a four-dimensional manifold $M$ is topologically classified by its second Chern-class $c_{2}(P)\in H^{4}(M,\mathbb{Z})$, as explained for ...
1
vote
1answer
112 views

Boundary components of a subsurface

Consider the following situation. Suppose we have a closed oriented Riemannian surface $ \Sigma $ and a connected open subset $ \Omega \subseteq \Sigma $ with a boundary, consisting of finitely many ...
5
votes
0answers
201 views

Is there a citeable reference for star-shaped open subsets of R^n being diffeomorphic to R^n?

A folk theorem says that star-shaped open subsets of R^n are diffeomorphic to R^n. Is there a citeable reference for this result? For the sake of being definite, let's say that “citeable” means ...
-2
votes
1answer
176 views

Degree of a rational function [closed]

I would like to have a simple proof for the following result: Let $f=\frac{p}{q}:\mathbb{C}\longrightarrow\mathbb{C}$ be a quotient of polynomials (of course, at some points it may be undefined). ...
2
votes
1answer
114 views

Is there a formula for the intersection of projectivized lines inside a projectivized vector bundle?

Let $E\rightarrow D$ be a complex rank two vector bundle over a compact complex one dimensional manifold $D$. Let $L_1, L_2 \subset E$ be rank one subbundles of E (i.e. line bundles). Let $$ n_1:= ...
0
votes
1answer
221 views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
31 views

Existence of triangulation of Lipschitz domains

Consider a bounded Lipschitz domain $\Omega \subset \mathbb R^n$. Q1: Can its closure $\overline\Omega$ be triangulated? Q2: If yes, can the triangulation be chosen as finite? Furthermore, how ...
1
vote
1answer
191 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
150 views

Lorentzian metrics on the torus up to continuos deformations

Any two Riemannian metrics can easily be deformed into each other, only obtaining positive definite metrics in between. However, for metrics of other signatures this might not be possible. Which ...
5
votes
2answers
174 views

Is the strong Whitney topology connected?

$\def\bbR{\mathbb R}\def\ssp{\kern.4mm}$Put more precisely, let $C$ be the set of all continuous functions $f:\bbR\to\bbR$ when $\bbR$ has its standard order topology. Let $\mathscr T$ be the set of ...
6
votes
1answer
208 views

Is there an analog of compactified moduli spaces(/stacks) for smooth manifolds?

This question has been inspired by an answer to the question Reference request: Topology on the space of smooth compact submanifolds; I've asked it in a comment to that answer but then decided to make ...
4
votes
0answers
133 views

When does a manifold 'deformation retract' into a small neighborhood of some k-dimensional subpolyhedron?

Under which conditions does a m-manifold $M^m$ admit a deformation retraction to a small neighborhood of some k-dimensional subpolyhedron? Or, under which conditions is the identity map $id_M$ of a ...
1
vote
0answers
71 views

Global topological equivalence of Morse functions

Two Morse functions $f$ and $g$ are called topologicaly equivalent if there are diffeomorphism $h$ of the source and orientational-preserving diffeomorphism $k$ of the target such that $f=k\circ ...
0
votes
1answer
128 views

Gluing submanifolds along their common boundary

This might be too elementary for this site, but I asked first on math.stackexchange and didn't get an answer even after offering 250 bounty points. Let $M$ be a smooth $m$-manifold and $N_1$, $N_2$ ...
2
votes
1answer
293 views

Gauss-Bonnet invariant Ω: explicit intrinsic expression for Π in Ω=dΠ?

Let the Gauss-Bonnet form be $\Omega\propto\text{Pf}(\Omega^i{}_j)$ with $\Omega^i{}_j$ the curvature 2-form of an even-dimensional manifold with dim=$n$. The Gauss-Bonnet form is exact, as shown in ...