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### Cap product à la Poincaré

Recently, it became apparent to me that I was not the only one who always first thought in terms of cap product before actually computing a cup product. There is no denying this is evil, but I found ...

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### Is the space of real conics with a singular point an orientable manifold?

Consider the space of non zero real homogeneous degree $2$ polynomials in three variables upto scaling. This space is $\mathbb{R} \mathbb{P}^5$. The zero set
of such a polynomial gives a real curve ...

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### Surjectivity of “nice maps” from local properties

What tools are available from real algebraic geometry, analysis and
topology to check surjectivity of a map $f:M_{1}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^{d}$
from local properties and maybe function values?
...

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### What is wrong with the “naive” proof of the Hauptvermutung?

The Hauptvermutung is the statement that any two PL structures on a topological space have a common refinement. It is false in general, but (I think) true for some low dimensional manifolds.
The ...

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### Axiomatization of Degree Theory

I am reading Ruiz's Mapping Degree Theory, and find an axiomatization of degree theory of $\mathbb R^n$ in P38. It says that there exists a unique map $d(f,D,y)\in\mathbb Z$ satisfies
Normality
...

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### Example of symplectic 4-manifolds with no Lefschetz fibration structure?

I just read about Donaldson's result on existence of Lefschetz pencil structure on symplectic manifolds (Donaldson 1999). However, one has to blow up the base locus to get a Lefschetz fibration ...

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### If the linearization of a section is surjective on a slice, is the image under a submersion also a smooth manifold?

Let $V \rightarrow M \times N_1 $ be a vector bundle, where $M$ and $N_1$
are smooth manifolds and $s: M \times N_1 \rightarrow V$ a smooth section such that
whenever $s(p,q) =0$ then
$$ \nabla ...

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### Are there some tables or handbooks of homology and homotopy groups of every manifold which has been calculated?

Are there some tables or handbooks of homology and homotopy groups of every manifold which has been calculated? Or are there some tables or handbooks which list some common calculated results of ...

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### Can one properly embed a differential manifold into numerical space of double dimension? [duplicate]

If $X$ is a $ C^\infty$ differential manifold of dimension $n$, then there exists an embedding $f:X\to \mathbb R^{2n+1}$.
This is a not too difficult theorem due to Whitney, proved in many textbooks.
...

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### Are compact complete geodesics closed? [closed]

note: I find this question In stackexchange math, I would be interest to know how I could be answer this kind of question,I pasted it here as I see it appropriate For MO.
check this link: ...

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### Normal Variation on Manifolds

Let $M$ be a smooth surface and let $x,y \in M$. Let $d_{M}(\cdot, \cdot)$ be the geodesic distance metric on $M$, that is the length of the shortest geodesic curve on $M$. Let $\kappa$ be the maximum ...

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### If 2-manifolds are homeomorphic and smooth, are they diffeomorphic? [closed]

Perhaps this question has already been asked on Mathoverflow. I mean this question in a global sense. A friend mentioned it to me today, and I started thinking about it. I'm not sure how to prove it. ...

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### Existence of an equivariant Morse function

Let $G$ be a (finite) group and $M$ a $G$ manifold. Now I have a smooth real valued function $f: M\rightarrow R$ with $f(x)=f(g(x)),\, \forall g\in G$. Now in general $f$ will maybe not be a Morse ...

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### Can any bounded area defined by polynomial inequality in $\mathbb{R}^n$ be partitioned into simply connected finite area such that

Can any bounded area defined by polynomial inequality in $\mathbb{R}^n$ be partitioned into simply connected finite areas such that for each simply finite area there exist a diffeomorphic map that ...

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### Gompf's invariant of $2$-plane fields

I am interested in low dimensional contact topology. These days I read "Handlebody construction of Stein surfaces" written by R. E. Gompf, and study an invariant $\theta (\xi)$. This invariant is ...

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### Constructivity of zeros demanded by topological degree

Let $f : S^{n - 1} \to S^{n - 1}$ be a smooth map from the unit vectors of $\mathbb{R}^n$ to themselves. If $f$ has nonzero degree, then we know that any smooth map $g : D^n \to \mathbb{R}^n$ ...

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### Degree of Map between Pseudomanifold

There are two different ways to define a degree of map.
Let $M$, $N$ be smooth, and $M$ is compact, $N$ is connected. If $f\in C(M,N)$, we define $\deg f$ by smooth approximation. [Milnor/Topology ...

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### When does a leaf space admit a (non-Hausdorff) manifold structure?

If $f:M \to N$ is a submersion with connected fibers, then the fibers of $f$ foliate $M$. This is called a simple foliation of $M$ and the leaf space can be identified with $N$. Suppose that a ...

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### Topology of surfaces and mean curvature

The Gauss-Bonnet theorem characterizes topology of surfaces by their Gaussian curvature.
Do there exist results characterizing topology of surfaces embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ by their mean ...

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### Characterization of global sections (which are not products) of a sheaf which is locally a product

In order to compute certain group cohomology sets I have come upon a construction which seems rather general concerning sheaves which are locally products. So I will state the problem here in a ...

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### functions which covers(good covers) manifolds

Let $M$ be a (not necessarily compact)) smooth manifold.
1.Is there a smooth map $f:M\to \mathbb{R}$ and an open covering $\mathbb{R}=\cup U_{\alpha}$ such that each $f^{-1}(U_{\alpha})$ ...

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### Are there periodicity phenomena in manifold topology with odd period?

The study of $n$-manifolds has some well-known periodicities in $n$ with period a power of $2$:
$n \bmod 2$ is important. Poincaré duality implies that odd-dimensional compact oriented manifolds ...

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### Classifying space of the higher-structure diffeomorphism group

There is a higher extension of the classifying space $B \mathrm{Diff}$ of the diffeomorphism group implicit in the (infinity,n)-category of cobordisms with (X,zeta)-structure ...

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### Reference for a fact (?) on homeomorphic knot complements

Does somebody have a reference (or an argument why it should be true) for the following statement?
“Let $K$ and $K'$ be knots in $S^3$. If there is an orientation-preserving homeomorphism $h : S^3 ...

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### Diffeomorphisms and homotopy equivalences sliced over BO(n)

There are some classical results stating sufficient conditions on a manifold $\Sigma$ such that every homotopy equivalence $\Pi(\Sigma) \stackrel{\simeq}{\longrightarrow} \Pi(\Sigma)$ is homotopic to ...

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### Calculation in From Seiberg Witten to pseudo-holomorphic curve

I am reading the Taubes's paper: From From Seiberg Witten to pseudo-holomorphic curve. I don't know how to get the result (2.17)
\begin{eqnarray*}
...

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### About the regularity of the boundary of a set

Consider $\Omega_1, \Omega_2$ two convex, bounded domains in $R^n$ with $\Omega_1 \supset \overline{\Omega_2}$ and suppose that $\operatorname{dist}(x, \partial \Omega_2) =\min_{y \in \partial ...

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### Take contraction wrt a vector field twice and define kernel mod image. Does that give anything interesting?

First, we make the following observation: let $X: M \rightarrow TM $ be a vector
field on a smooth manifold. Taking the contraction with respect to $X$ twice gives zero, i.e.
$$ i_X \circ i_{X} ...

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### Topological description of the regular values of a differentiable function

Is there some kind of description of the set of regular values of a differentiable function $f:\mathbb{R}^{n} \to \mathbb{R}^{m}$ in topological terms?
In particular, is the set of regular values ...

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### Ehresmann's fibration theorem in the C1 class

I have seen on the French Wikipedia that Ehresmann's fibration theorem is stated with the assumption that everything is $C^2$, see Théorème de Ehresmann. (On the English Wikipedia, the assumption is ...

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### Topological restrictions from mean curvature bounds

Alexandrov's Theorem says that a compact constant mean curvature hypersurface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ must be a round sphere.
What happens when the mean curvature is small, or bounded? (For ...

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### Tubular neighborhoods in the proof of the Morse homology theorem

I have a question regarding the proof of the Morse homology theorem given by D. Salamon in "Morse theory, the Conley index and Floer homology". The full text can be found here:
...

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### Are there nontrivial involutions of $S^7\times S^7$ with fixed point set homeo to $S^7$?

The group $\mathbb{Z}_2$ acts on $S^7\times S^7$ by switching the coordinates with fixed point set $\Delta(S^7\times S^7)\cong S^7$. I want to know whether there are some other $\mathbb{Z}_2$ actions ...

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### Classifying tensor powers of tangent bundles as pullbacks of appropriate tangent bundles

Assume we are given a smooth manifold $M$ and let $TM^{\otimes r}, r>1,$ be some
tensor power of its tangent bundle.
Is there any general observation/result
saying when there exists a manifold ...

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### Higher Cerf Theory

Morse functions on a manifold $M$ are defined as smooth maps $f:M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, such that at the critical points we can find local coordinates so that ...

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### Detecting invertible elements in group rings by their images for finite quotients of the group

Let $G$ be a "nice" infinite group: at least finitely presented and residually finite, maybe also linear and right-orderable (or even bi-orderable, or residually free nilpotent).
Consider an element ...

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### Can one detect smoothness of $k$-forms with $k$-dimensional manifolds

Fix an integer $k\ge 1$. Let $X$ be a smooth manifold. It is well-known, that a real valued function on $X$ is smooth if its restriction along all smooth maps $M\to X$ for manifolds of dimension $\le ...

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### cartesian product rigidity for the punctured open disc

Q1: Let $D^n$ ($n\geq 1$) be the n-dimensional open disk. If $D^n-\{0\}$ is homeomorphic to $X\times (0,1)$, for some topological space $X$, does it necessarily follow that $X$ is homeomorphic to ...

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### Immersion of $S^1$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$ that can be extended to $\mathbb{D}$

I was wondering about $\mathcal{C}^{\infty}$ immersions $S^1 \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ which are the restriction to $\partial \mathbb{D}$ of an immersion $\overline{\mathbb{D}} \longrightarrow ...

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### Decomposition of Lefschetz fibrations into surface bundles and Lefschetz fibrations over spheres

Assume that $M$ is a Lefschetz fibration with fiber genus $g$ over a base of genus $h>0$ (with at least one singular fiber). What obstructions exist to decomposing $M$ into a surface bundle $S$ of ...

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### Simply-connected 4-manifolds can be blown up and down to complex projective planes. How about non-simply-connected ones?

There is a nice theorem that for every simply connected, closed, smooth, oriented manifold $M$, we have for some $m \in \mathbb{N}$:
$$M \# \left(\mathop{\#}^m \left(\mathbb{C}\mathbb{P}^2 \# ...

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### Branch point and alexandrov embeddedness

This is a question I have asked on mathstackexchange with a bounty but without any answer; it is probably more adapted to mathoverflow:
Let us assume that $\Sigma_n$ is a sequence of topological ...

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### Self-diffeomorphisms of $\mathbb{R}^2$

I guess my question is very vague. Let $\phi: \mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{R}^2$ be an orientation-preserving diffeomorphism that fixes the origin. Does $\phi$ take any sort of "normal form" if we allow ...

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### Differential topology, maximal isotropy of a manifold

I am interested in the degree of isotropy of a connected (by arc) manifold in general.
Is it true that every connected manifold M (of dimension n) is maximally isotropic in the sense that you can ...

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### Brouwer fixed points via flow

Let $B$ be a closed ball in $n$-dimensional space, let $f$ be a "sufficiently smooth" map from $B$ to $B$, and let $p$ be a point on the boundary of $B$.
It seems to me that something like the ...

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### What are TQFTs that are multiplicative under connected sums? Do bordisms with connected sum as monoidal product exist?

In general, one extracts a manifold invariant from a TQFT by interpreting the closed manifold as a bordism from the empty set to the empty set. The TQFT sends this bordism to a homomorphism of the ...

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### A lifting problem

Let $E\overset{\pi'}{\longrightarrow} B'$ and $E\overset{\pi}{\longrightarrow} B$ be vector bundles.
For $i=0,1$, let $f_i$ be a fiber-preserving open embeddings of $\pi'$ into $\pi$, with $g_i$ the ...

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### Geometric Proof of the Hirzebruch Signature Theorem (i.e. using Connections)

Is there a geometric proof of the Hirzebruch Signature Theorem, that is to say: Is the a proof that does not use the topological definition of the Chern/Pontrijagin classes, but only the Chern--Weil ...

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### Thom-Pontryagin construction for pairs

Is there a generalization of the Thom-Pontryagin construction in the following sense? Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, $\partial M=A\cup B$ where $A$ and $B$ are $m-1$-manifolds with a common boundary ...

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### What do tangles teach us about braids?

A braid is a smooth level-preserving embedding $f\colon\, \{1,2,\ldots,n\}\times[0,1]\hookrightarrow \mathbb{R}^2 \times [0,1]$ such that $f(k,0)=(k,0)$ and $f(k,1) \in \{1,2,\ldots,n\} \times ...