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### Can a Morse function define a unique structure on a closed manifold?

I was thinking about the doubt that if $M$ and $N$ are closed manifold and if there exists two Morse function $f$ and $g$ respectively on $M$ and $N$ with the following property that they both have ...

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### Under what condition is a fiber bundle cobordant to the trivial bundle?

Let $E$ be the total space of a fiber bundle with base $B$ and fiber $F$, where $B$ and $F$ are smooth manifolds.
Under what condition is $E$ unoriented cobordant to $B\times F$?
And what happens ...

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### How far can one reconstruct the boundary of a manifold M given its interior $int M$? [duplicate]

Suppose I keep in my pocket a manifold with boundary $M$ , and I provide you access to $int M := M \setminus \partial M$ up to homeomorphism/diffeomorphism. What can you deduce about $\partial M$? can ...

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### Half strip neighbourhoods for regular surfaces [closed]

Let $S$ be a regular compact surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$. It is well known that such surfaces admit a global tubular neighborhood, of thickness $\epsilon>0$ (for a suitable $\epsilon>0$).
In ...

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### Stability of the critical points set

Let $F:\mathbb{S}^{2}\times\lbrack0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ be a smooth
($C^{\infty}$) function and $f_{t}(x)=F(x,t)$. Suppose that $f_{0}=f_{1\text{
}}$is the projection over $z$-axis, so point $P=(...

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### Generalizations of the handle trading techniques

As Theorem 8.1 in "Lectures on the h-cobordism theorem (written by J.Milnor)" show, we can choose a handle decomposition of cobordism (satisfying some connectivity and dimensional assumptions) with no ...

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### Are homology spheres stably trivial?

A homology sphere is a closed smooth $n$-dimensional manifold with the same homology groups as $S^n$. Igor Belegradek's answer to a previous question of mine shows that the smoothness hypothesis is ...

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### Smoothness of the closest point on a submanifold

Let $(M,g)$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold, and let $S \subseteq M$ be a compact submanifold.
Assume that for each $p \in M$, there exist a unique closest point on $S$, i.e a unique point $\tilde s(...

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### Spin^c structures on manifolds with almost complex structure

Let $M$ be a smooth even-dimensional manifold.
Is it true that for each almost-complex structure $J$ on $M$ there exists a canonical spin$^c$ structure $S_J$ associated to $J$ ?
(I've read this ...

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### If $X$ is a compact smooth Riemannian manifold, why don't we integrate on a fundamental domain in the universal cover? [closed]

Let $X$ be a compact connected Riemannian manifold. The metric gives a local volume form. The universal cover is orientable, and has a precompact subspace locally isometric (with the covering metric) ...

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### Small perturb a continuous map

I am reading the book: Convex Integration Theory by D. Spring and encounter a
question which I subtract as follows.
Let $p: X \rightarrow V$ be a smooth fibre bundle and $\mathcal{R} \subset X^{(1)}$...

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### Is it true that all sphere bundles are some double of disk bundle?

Let's consider a smooth sphere bundle over a smooth manifold with structure group is equal to the diffeomorphism group of sphere. Then, can we say that this is a double of some disk bundle? Thank you ...

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### Nice things that can be proved easily with characteristic classes

A bit of context for this question: as a project for my master's degree my supervisor asked me to understand the construction of Milnor's exotic spheres. After learning the heavy material (I knew very ...

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### On a parallelizable manifold, is there always a frame satisfying $[X_i,X_j]=0$?

[This question was asked on MSE, but got no answers, I thought it could be more appropriate here]
Let $M$ be a parallelizable manifold.
Is there always a global frame $(X_i)$ such that $[X_i,X_j]=0$...

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### Open non-parallelizable 4-manifolds

Let $M$ be a connected orientable open 4-manifold (noncompact, without boundary).
Is it possible for $M$ to be non-parallelizable ?
If yes, what example of such $M$ is there ?
[EDIT : The answer ...

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### Homotopy of space of immersions, Smale-Hirsch theorem

If $M$ and $N$ are manifolds with $\dim M< \dim N$, we denote by $Imm\left(M,N\right)$ the space of immersions of $M$ in $N$.
Let $M$ and $M'$ manifolds of dimensions $m>0$. It is true that if $...

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### Flat connections on 3-manifold with boundary

Suppose $Y$ is a 3-manifold and the boundary $\Sigma:=\partial Y$ is non-empty. Let $G$ be a Lie group with trivial center. Let $\overline {\mathcal A}_{flat}(\Sigma)$ and $\overline {\mathcal A}_{...

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### de Rham type cohomology for covariant derivative?

We know that in general for a covariant derivative $D$ on a vector bundle $\xi$ over $M$ we don't have $D \circ D = 0$. This prevents us from having the following cochain complex
\begin{equation}
\...

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### Hyper-Complex Connected Sums of Grassmannians?

As we all know, the Grassmannians are Kaehler manifolds. Is there anyway to take connected sums of Grassmannians and produce a examples of hypercomplex manifolds, hyper-Kaehler or Calabi--Yau exmples ...

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### Properties of connection Laplacian on vector fields

Let $(M,g)$ be a simply-connected compact surface with boundary $\partial M$ and metric $g$. Let $N$ denote the outward unit normal on $\partial M$, $\nabla$ the Levi-Civita connection and $\Delta_g$ ...

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### When is a critical value of a map contained in the interior of the image?

Let $M^n$ be a compact manifold, and $F\colon M \to \mathbb{R}^n$ a smooth map. The inverse function theorem implies that every regular value of $F$ lies in the interior of $F(M)$, hence every point ...

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### Invariance of Gauss-Bonnet theorem with respect to connection?

I am stuck with a basic understanding of the generalized (and even the ordinary version of) Gauss-Bonnet theorem. For a compact 2-dimensional Riemannian manifold $M$ with boundary $\partial M$, let $K$...

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136 views

### Is there a smooth polar decomposition for non-invertible matrices?

Every $n \times n$ real matrix $A$ has a polar decomposition $A=OP$, where $O \in O_n, P$ is symmetric positive semi-definite.
$P$ is uniquely determined by $A$, by $P(A)=\sqrt{A^TA}$,
and when $A$ ...

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### Smoothing a continuous section in 1-jet bundle

Here is a question I encountered when reading the book "Convex Integration Theory by D.Spring". My question lies in the second paragraph to the proof of theorem 4.2($C^{0}$-dense $h$-principle).
I ...

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### Submersion on open and dense subset

If $f \colon M \to N$ is a smooth map between smooth manifolds, is it possible to find an open and dense set $M_0$, such that $f(M_0)$ is a manifold and
$f \colon M_0 \to f(M_0)$ is a surjective ...

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### Does a homotopy sphere that bounds a highly connected manifold also bound a parallelizable manifold?

Suppose that the homotopy sphere $\Sigma^{n}$ can be realized as the boundary of a smooth $(n+1)$-dimensional cobordism that is $(n-1)/2$-connected for $n$ odd (respectively, $(n-2)/2$-connected for $...

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### Triangulation with simplices of same volume

Let $M$ be a Riemannian smooth compact manifold.
It is known that $M$ has a triangulation, for any dimension. But do we know if there exists a triangulation such that all simplices have same volume ?
...

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### Lower bounds on the measure of balls in attractor sets

I'm looking for a source for the following result.
Let $f: \mathbb{R}^d \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a smooth function and consider the $d$-manifold $M = \{(x, f(x)): x \in \mathbb{R}^d\} \subset \...

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### Lower bound on the diameter of a ball contained in the stable manifold of a critical point

Let $f: \mathbb{R}^d \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a smooth function and consider the $d$-manifold $M = \{(x, f(x)): x \in \mathbb{R}^d\} \subset \mathbb{R}^{d+1}$. Consider the negative of the gradient ...

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### Can we use the “size” of smooth structure set to predict the information geometry or other topological information?

The "size" can mean the number of elements or the diameter of the set of smooth structures. Y. Shikata defined a distance function on it and proved that it is a distance. He then used it to prove that ...

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### A problem from Sakai's book on derivations on C(K) and differential structure on K

In his book, Operator Algebras in Dynamical Systems, at page 59 Sakai poses the following question.
Problem: Let K be a compact space and suppose that C(K) has a non-zero closed *-derivation. Then ...

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### Measure of the Attractor of Critical Points of a Manifold

Let $f: \mathbb{R}^d \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a smooth function and consider the $d$-manifold $M = \{(x, f(x)): x \in \mathbb{R}^d\} \subset \mathbb{R}^{d+1}$. Let $P$ be a property of some subset ...

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### Can a topological manifold have different tangent bundles?

We know that the tangent bundles of the sphere arising from different smooth structures are equivalent as vector bundles. Is it right in general? I want to know the relationship between the set of ...

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### Is the number of intervals you get by slicing the closed region under a nice graph continuous from below?

Let $I$ be a closed interval in $\mathbb{R}$, and let $f:I \to \mathbb{R}$ be a bounded function, smooth except at finitely many points (piece-wise smooth). There are also only finitely many critical ...

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### Connected Cobordisms

Perhaps someone who knows some differential topology will be able to give a simple answer to this:
Since the (unoriented) cobordism group $\Omega_{3} \cong 0$, every closed 3-manifold is cobordant to ...

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### Are there non-smoothable homotopy/homology spheres?

A homotopy sphere is a topological $n$-manifold $M$ which is homotopy equivalent to $S^n$.
A homology sphere is a topological $n$-manifold $M$ such that $H_i(M) \cong H_i(S^n)$ for all $i$.
Note, by ...

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### Why is it true that if two 4-manifolds are homeomorphic then their squares are diffeomorphic?

Near the top of the second page of this paper, it is claimed that if two 4-manifolds $X$ and $Y$ are homeomorphic, then their squares $X \times X$ and $Y \times Y$ are diffeomorphic. Why is this true? ...

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### How many linear independent vector fields can be constructed on a general manifold with $\chi(M)=0$?

We have known how many linear independent vector fields can be constructed on $S^n$:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_fields_on_spheres
So how many linear independent vector fields can be ...

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### $H(M)$ necessarily highly non-integrable, i.e. forms contact structure?

Let$$M^{2n - 1} = \{z \in \textbf{C}^n : \textbf{h}(\textbf{z}, \textbf{z}) \equiv \textbf{z} \cdot \overline{\textbf{z}} = \textbf{1}\}$$be the unit sphere in $\textbf{C}^n$. Consider the real-...

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### Is the normal bundle of a torus trivial?

Question:
Let $T^k \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$, $ n > k$, be a smoothly embedded $k$-torus. Is its normal bundle trivial?
What about the normal bundle of $S^k \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$, $n > k$, the $...

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### Can any smooth triangulation of a smooth manifold be blurred?

For the purposes of this question, let's say that a blurring
of a smooth triangulation $T$ of a smooth manifold $X$
is a smooth homotopy $h\colon [0,1] \times X \to X$ such that $h_0=\operatorname{id}...

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### A symmetric embedding of manifolds

Assume that $M$ is a manifold.
Is there an embedding of $M$ in some $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ such that the image of $M$ in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ is invariant under each reflection $(x_{1},x_{2},\ldots x_{i},\...

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### About the homotopy type of diffeomorphism groups

In this paper by Antonelli, Burghelea and Kahn (Topology, 1972), a homomorphism $L :\pi_i(\operatorname{Diff}(S^n, D_+^{n})) \rightarrow \Gamma^{n+i+1}$ was used as a tool to detect non-triviality of ...

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### Classification of $O(2)$-bundles in terms of characteristic classes

I had asked this question in stackexchange but there seems to be no consensus in the answer
It is well-known that $SO(2)$-principal bundles over a manifold $M$ are topologically characterized by ...

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### Finding a specific Global Smooth Function

Any help with this problem would be appreciated. Thanks
Suppose $(M^3,g)$ is a smooth compact Riemannian manifold with smooth boundary and $\gamma$ is a simple smooth orientable curve in $M$. Does ...

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### Variation of normals along loops

I've constructed a quotient space $M/\sim$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$ that must be a $2$-manifold. If $M/ \sim$ is a sphere then I know that its normal spaces must vary at least 90 degrees. That is $M / \sim$ ...

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### The space of homotopy classes of maps of products of spheres

Proposition 17.6.1 of "Differential form in Algebraic Topology" by Bott and Tu proves the following beautiful result:
$[S^{q}, X]\simeq \frac{\pi_{q}(X,x)}{\pi_{1}(X,x)}$
where $S^{q}$ is the $q$-...

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### Tightening a loop

Consider two $d$-dimensional convex polytopes $c_1, c_2$ that share a $(d-1)$-dimensional face $f$. Let $M$ be a surface ($2$-manifold) that intersects each of $c_1$ and $c_2$ in a $2$-ball. Suppose ...

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### Singularities of Families of Differential Equations

Suppose you are given a family of differential equations with rational coefficients: $\partial_x^ny+a_1(x,x_1,\dots,x_m)\partial_x^{n-1}y+\dots+a_n(x,x_1,\dots, x_m)y=0$. At each point $X=(x_1,\dots, ...

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### Existence of a continuous map of a disk with a given boundary image on a surface to its complement in $\mathbb{R}^3$

I am considering the following problem:
given an embedded closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ (unknotted) and a non-trivial simple closed curve on it, does there exist a continuous map of a disk to the ...