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### Structure of $C^k$ ($k<\infty$)Riemannian metrics on a manifold

$M$ is a smooth manifold. It's known that if $M$ is compact, then the space of smooth Riemannian metrics has a Frechet manifold structure. For the space of $C^k$($k<\infty$) Riemannian metrics, ...

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### conformal deformation with fixed boundaries

For a flat plane with certain boundary, e.g., a rectangular patch, is it possible to conformally displace or deform such patch to a curved bump with exact same boundary? In this thesis, Dr. Keenan ...

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### Convergence of local stable manifolds

This question is a kind of local version of a previous post (MO224171).
Let $\ f_n \ $ be a sequence of Morse functions on $\mathbb{R}^d$, converging, in the $C^\infty$-topology, to a limit Morse ...

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### Name for the variety of preimages of a finite morphism

If $f:X\to Y$ is a finite morphism of degree $d$ between two varieties, you get a closed subset of the symmetric product $X^{(d)}$ (or perhaps rather the Hilbert scheme $X^{[d]}$), defined as the ...

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### Divergence free vector field on compact surface

I get a free divergence field $X$ on a compact surface $(\Sigma, g)$ and I would like to integrate it.
On the sphere $X=\nabla^\bot f$ since the spher is simply connected.($\nabla^\bot =J\circ ...

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### open book decompositions and being a boundary

Are there examples of smooth closed manifolds (not necessarily oriented) that admit an open book decomposition but that are not the boundary of any compact smooth manifold?

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### Stable manifolds of a sequence of Morse functions

Let $\ f_n \ $ be a sequence of Morse functions on $\mathbb{R}^d$, adequately converging (in the $C^2$-topology, say) to a limit Morse function $\ f$:
$$ f_n \to f \ .$$
At any critical point $\ p\ ...

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### Compact open topology on the space of geodesics

I'm new in the field, so I'm sorry in advance if my question is too naive.
Let's consider $S$ a surface of genus $g\ge 2$ with an hyperbolic metric $g$. Let's call $\mathcal{S}(S)$ the set of closed ...

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### Smoothing a piecewise smooth manifold

Let $M \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ be a piecewise smooth $2$-manifold. Let $C$ be a polyhedral complex that covers $\mathbb{R}^d$ and contains faces of dimension $[0,d]$. Since $M$ is a $2$-manifold, we can ...

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### Notions of singularity for symmetric bilinear maps

Given a symmetric, bilinear map $B : \mathbb{R}^n \times \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^m$, a common notion of nondegeneracy is the following:
$$
\mbox{If } B(x,y) = 0 \mbox{ for all } y, \mbox{then } ...

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### Is it true that given any two point in $M$ if there exists an unique geodesic joining those two points, then $M \sim \mathbb{R^n}$ [closed]

This following doubt initially came to my mind while thinking the relationship between number of genus of a manifold and number of geodesic between given two points.
DOUBT: Suppose $M\subset ...

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### Optimal covering with finite subcollection of open sets

This is mainly a reference request. Consider a finite collection of (let's say, for simplicity) of open balls $B_i, i = 1, 2, ..., m$ in (again, for simplicity) $\mathbb{R}^n$. I am looking for ...

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### Gluing two 3 manifolds along their boundary

Let $X,Y$ be two compact, smooth, orientable 3 manifolds, each with an incompressible boundary component diffeomorphic to some genus $g $ surface $S_g$. Under an orientation-reversig diffeomorphism ...

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### Examples of differential cohomology in cohesive $\infty$ topos

I might direct this question to Urs Schreiber directly, but just in case someone else has some interesting examples, I'll make the question public.
The formulation of differential cohomology in ...

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### geometric conditions on maps between manifolds inducing monomorphisms on cohomology

Let $M,N$ be manifolds whose dimensions may be different. Let $f: M\longrightarrow N$ be a smooth map. What geometric conditions on $f$ can we impose such that the induced homomorphism
$$
f^*: ...

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### Is $C^\infty(M,\mathbb{R})$ an ind-(smooth manifold)?

Let $\mathrm{Man}$ be the category of smooth manifolds (2nd countable, Hausdorff, no boundary, not necessarily compact) and smooth maps, and let $M$ be an object thereof. Is the presheaf $S \mapsto ...

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### How to extend an equivariant map from a compact Lie group

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and let $H$ be a closed subgroup of it. Let $g$ be a torsion element of $G$ and $C_G(g)$ the centralizer of it. Let $Y$ be a $C_G(g)-$space. I'm working on the space ...

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### How to get convinced that there are a lot of 3-manifolds?

My question is rather philosophical : without using advanced tools as Perlman-Thurston's geometrisation, how can we get convinced that the class of closed oriented $3$-manifolds is large and that ...

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### first Chern class of complex vector bundles and first Pontrjagin class of quaternionic vector bundles

Let $\xi$ be a (real) vector bundle of dimension $n$. Then the first Stiefel-Whitney class
$$
w_1(\xi)=0
$$
if and only if $\xi$ is orientable, i.e. the structure group of $\xi$ can be reduced to ...

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### Intuition behind salient numbers in number of h-cobordism classes of smooth homotopy n-spheres

The Wikipedia article on Exotic Sphere displays this sequence of numbers (see also OEIS A001676 and the Milnor link therein) for the order of the classses as
$$1, \;1, \;1,\; 1,\; 1, \;1, \;28,\; ...

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### What is known about topological equivalence of polynomial dynamical systems on two different domains in R^n?

The question is mainly about $\it flows$, not maps (i.e., continuous time, not discrete time).
Is it known if the study of polynomial dynamical systems on $\mathbb R^n$ can be reduced to the study ...

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### Embedding of parallelizable closed smooth manifold

It seems that any closed parallelizable smooth $n$-manifold can be immersed in the $(n+1)$-dimensional Euclidean space (compared to the general $(2n-1)$-dimensional case). Is there any analogous ...

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### Reference request: sheaves on the site of d-manifolds

I believe I know how to prove the following results. I also know to whom to cite fancy-shmancy results that have these as a very special case. My question is: what are the correct citations for ...

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### Is each closed convex set a manifold with corners?

Assume that $C$ is a convex set in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ with non empty interior.
Then consider its closure, is it a smooth manifold with corners?
Edit:
1) The closure of $C$ should be a smooth manifold ...

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### Three-manifolds related by degree 1 map, whose products with the two-sphere are diffeomorphic

Suppose $M$ and $N$ are compact oriented smooth 3-manifolds such that there is an orientation-preserving diffeomorphism between the products $F:M \times S^2 \to N \times S^2$. Further, there are ...

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### Prerequisites for reading Gregory Perelman's work

What are the prerequisites for understanding the work of Perelman concerning the Poincaré conjecture?
I am referring to the last three papers here.

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### Surjectivity of maps between spheres [closed]

I am wondering how to prove that a non-zero degree map from $S^n \to S^n$ is surjective. For example, identifying $S^1 \subset \mathbb{C}$, we can take $f:S^1 \to S^1$ via $f(z) = z^k$ with $k\neq 0$. ...

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### Homogeneous regular manifolds

In order to solve the well-known Plateau-Problem on a general (non-compact) Riemannian 3-manifold, Morrey first introduced the condition of homogeneous regularity and defined it in the following way:
...

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### Set of density matrices

A density matrix is a matrix $\rho \in \mathscr{D}:=\{A \in \mathbb{C}^{n \times n}; A^*=A; \operatorname{tr}(A)=1; A \ge 0\}.$
In Quantum Mechanics it is natural to look at a group action
$\Phi: ...

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### Do homology classes have “special” representatives?

Recall that, according to Hodge, de-Rham cohomology classes of "nice enough" manifolds have "special" representatives - namely, harmonic forms.
Now, how does one choose a "special" one among ...

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### Isometry Group of real Hilbert space?

Does the isometry group of a real separable infinite-dimensional Hilbert space have two connected components? Or, conversely, is the there even a Kuiper's theorem in the real case?
How does the ...

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### Riemannian metrics preserved by diffeomorphisms

Let $f \neq Id$ be a diffeomorphism (of a smooth manifold $M$) which admits some Riemannain metric on $M$ making it an isometry. How many different metrics are preserved by $f$?
Note that ...

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### Differential geometry without the Hausdorff condition or the second axiom of countability

I would like to know how the standard differential geometry of manifolds would change if we didn't assume the Hausdorff condition and/or the second axiom of countability. There are some simple things ...

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### How does one identify flow lines on a vector bundle with those on the base in Morse theory?

In Chapter 4.2 of Schwarz's book on Morse homology there is a brief discussion of Morse theory on the total space of a smooth vector bundle $E \to M$. In particular, one can take the Morse function ...

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### Generalising the parametric transversality theorem to a foliation

The parametric transversality theorem states that, given a parameterised family of smooth maps of $C^{\infty}$ manifolds $\phi_s:M \rightarrow N$ and a submanifold $R < N$ then for almost all ...

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### Orientability of Surfaces and the Fundamental Group [closed]

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact riemannian 3-manifold and $\Sigma \subset M$ an embedded compact surface homeomorphic to the projective plane. Consider the application $i_\#:\pi_1(\Sigma)\to \pi_1(M)$ given ...

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### A questions related to the Markus conjecture for special affine manifolds

An affine manifold $M$ is called special if there is a parallel volume form $\omega$ on $M$,
and a nowhere vanishing vector field $\mathcal{V}.$
Here we need to point out that any affine manifold of ...

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### Conditions on a Lorentzian manifold to ensure existence of global proper-time foliation?

I am wondering what conditions a Lorentzian manifold $(M,g)$ must satisfy to ensure the existence of a global proper-time foliation (i.e. a decomposition of $M$ into spacelike Cauchy hypersurfaces and ...

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### Four-dimensional vector bundles over $S^4$, intuition?

I know that $\pi_3(SO(4)) = \mathbb{Z} \oplus \mathbb{Z}$. We can choose an explicit identification as follows: given $(i, j) \in \mathbb{Z}$, we have a map $\phi: S^3 \to SO(4)$ which sends a unit ...

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### Intuition behind the following theorem of Reeb?

What is the intuition behind the following theorem of Reeb?
If a compact manifold admits a function with only two critical points which are non degenerate, it is homeomorphic to the sphere.

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### Submersion theorem for smooth tame Frechet manifolds

If $M$ and $N$ are Banach manifolds, $f:M\rightarrow N$ is a smooth map, and $q\in N$ is a regular value, so $f$ is a submersion on $f^{-1}(q)$, it is well known that the level set $f^{-1}(q)$ is a ...

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### cross-sections of a sphere bundle

Let $M$ be a $m$-manifold and $M_0$ a submanifold of $M$. Let $X$ be a pointed topological space. In the paper On the homology of configuration spaces, Bodigheimer-Cohen-Taylor, Topology 1989, ...

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### How close (Homology-wise) can we approximate a topological manifold with a PL or smooth one?

Sorry if this question is to naive or badly phrased. I am curious about the following problem, given a manifold $M$, how "close" can we find a smooth or PL manifold, $N$, with a map $f:N\to M$. The ...

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### Construction of appropriate Morse functions

I am interested in the properties of connectedness of level sets of Morse functions. Let $M$ a compact smooth $n$-manifold, and $1\leq k<n$. Is it possible to construct $k$ Morse functions ...

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### Exotic C^k manifolds

How much is known about exotic $C^k$-manifolds? For example,
Is it known whether there are $C^k$-differentiable manifolds that are homeomorphic, but not $C^k$ diffeomorphic?
More generally, is it ...

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### Reference request: $\mathcal{C}^\infty_c(M)$ is a topological vector space with the Whitney topology

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and let $\mathcal{C}^\infty(M)$ be the space of all smooth real valued functions with the (strong) Whitney topology. This space is a topological vector space iff $M$ is ...

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### Decomposition of a closed surface

I know that I can decompose an hyperbolic closed surface of genus $g>1$ into $2(g−1)$ pants bounded by $3$ geodesics. It seems reasonable to think the same can be done for a closed surface of genus ...

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### Marcel Berger's “Sur les groupes d'holonomie homogènes de variétés à connexion affine et des variétés riemanniennes.”

I would appreciate any reference that contains either a translation or proof of the main theorem in this paper. Thank you in advanced.

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### Parametric Sard-Smale theorem - when is the generic set open?

I am learning Morse/Floer Theory and in my work on my master's thesis I want to apply the parametric Sard-Smale theorem. I.e. I consider a Banach bundle $\mathcal{L} \to \mathcal{M}\times \mathcal{G}$ ...

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### Reference request: Intrinsic definition of the strong Whitney topology on $\mathcal{C}^{\infty}(M,\mathbb{R})$ without using charts or jets

Let $M$ and $N$ be smooth manifolds. There is a description of the strong Whitney topology on $\mathcal{C}^{\infty}(M,N)$ in terms of partial derivative in charts (using locally finite sets of charts ...