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### Differential Geometric Aspects of Rubber Bands

What happens, if a rubber band ( of length $l_0$ that has been stretched to length $l_1:=l_0+\Delta l\;$ and brought into the shape of a closed curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$ ) is released and if the only ...
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### Generic absence of non-trivial first integrals of geodesic flows

Is it true that given a smooth manifold M (with or without boundary), a "generic" metric g on M does not possess any non-trivial (non-constant) first integral for the geodesic flow induced by g on the ...
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### If there is a dense geodesic, are almost all geodesics equidistributed? Dense?

Let $M$ be a complete finite volume Riemannian manifold and $\gamma : \mathbb{R}^{\geq 0} \to M$ a geodesic. Suppose that $\mathrm{im}(\gamma)$ is dense. Is it equidistributed in the Riemannian ...
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### Ellipses on spheres (and other surfaces)

Define an ellipse $E$ on a sphere as the locus of points whose sum of shortest geodesic distances to two foci $p_1$ and $p_2$ is a constant $d$. There are conditions on $\{ p_1, p_2, d \}$ for this ...
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### The geometric shape of domains of flows

Consider a smooth (non-compact) manifold $M$ with a vector field $X$. Then we know that there is a open neighbourhood $U \subseteq M \times \mathbb{R}$ of $M \times \{0\}$ such that on $U$ the flow ...
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### The integral of torsion

I found the following * exercise(exercise *9) in page 407 of the book of Do Carmo "Differential geometry of curves and surfaces". This problem is a classical theorem which is referenced in the book ...
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### Does the number of zero eigenvalues correspond to the dimension of equilibrium manifold for nonlinear system?

Consider nonlinear dynamical system with $m \times m$ Jacobian matrix $J(x)$ that has $k$ zero eigenvalues for all $x$. The rest $m-k$ eigenvalues have negative real part for all $x$. Is that true ...
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### The space of diffeomorphisms on a manifold

It is well known that given a compact connected smooth manifold without boundary $M$, the set of diffeomorphisms $Diff^{r}(M)$ of $M$ for $r≥1$, is open in $C^{r}(M)$, the set of continuous functions ...
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### Nielsen-Thurston classification of homeomorphisms for open surfaces?

In Proposition 3.1. in this article by John Franks, he applies the Nielsen-Thurston classification of surface homeomorphisms to a homeomorphism $\ f:M \rightarrow M$ of an open surface $M$ which is ...
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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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### Extension of diffeomorphisms preserving bilateral bounds of the derivatives

Suppose $f$ is a $C^k (1\leq k\leq\infty)$ function from the unit ball $\mathcal{B}$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ to itself, which is a diffeomorphism from the domain to its image, with the upper and lower ...
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### Fatou sets and topological entropy

Let us consider a diffeomorphism of a compact real manifold (complex manifold defined over the reals), and let us say that the diffeomorphism is birational. Hence, it extends to a birational map from ...
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### Transitive geodesics on closed surfaces of genus greater than one

A well-known result of Hedlund and Morse states that if a Riemannian metric on a closed surface of genus $g > 1$ has no conjugate points, then it carries transitive geodesics (i.e., geodesics whose ...
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### Relation between volume entropy and Hausdorff dim of limit set?

I have a very stupid question: I often see that the volume entropy of a compact Riemmannian manifold with negative curvature coincide with the Hausdorff dim of the limit set or Patterson sullivan ...
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### Ricci flow as a gradient flow and its Lyapunov function

In study of Ricci flow, for making Ricci flow as a gradient flow I faced $\mathcal{F}(g,f)=\int (R+|\nabla f|^2)e^{-f}$. I know that if we suppose $\frac{df}{dt}=-R$, then ...
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### Surfaces filled densely by a geodesic

Which smooth, closed surfaces $S \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ have no single geodesic $\gamma$ that fills $S$ densely? Say a geodesic $\gamma$ "fills $S$ densely" if the closure of the set of points ...
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### The Dedekind Eta Function in Physics

This interesting little fellow popped up in some operator algebra (Witt / Virasoro Lie algebra) I was exploring, so I've been curious about where else the Dedekind $\eta$-function makes a cameo ...
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### Topological equivalence of homotopic vector fields

Two (tangent) vector fields $X$ and $Y$ on oriented differentiable manifolds $M$ and $N$, respectively, are topologically equivalent, if there is an orientation-preserving homeomorphism $M \to N$, ...
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### Given a vector field all of whose integral curves are closed, is the period a smooth function?

Disclaimer: The original question consisted of two parts. The first one has been answered negatively (see below the answers of Sam Lisi and Alejandro). It remains the second one. Background ...
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### Ruelle inequality on a noncompact space

Does someone have a reference where the Ruelle inequality would be proved in the following context. Let $M$ be a non compact smooth manifold, and $f:M\to M$ be a $C^1$-diffeomorphism (or $C^2$, ...
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### Flow of a Hamiltonian vector field

Smooth vector fields are in a one-to-one relationship with flows $\Phi: D \subseteq M\times \mathbb{R} \rightarrow M$, $$X_m = {\frac{d}{d t}}_{t=0} \Phi(m, t),$$ and by the symplectic form also with ...
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### How to deduce the existence of stationary points from fixed points of evolution maps?

This is probably a very elementary question. Nevertheless I decided to post it on MO. Consider a smooth manifold $M$ and a smooth complete vector field $v:M\rightarrow TM$. Consider an autonomous ...
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### Linearly independent vector fields

Let $X_1,\dots,X_n$ be complete vector fields on $\mathbb R^n$ and suppose that $(X_1(p),\dots,X_n(p))$ is a basis for all $p \in \mathbb R^n$. Question: Is it possible to choose a cube $C$ around ...
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### Partial feedback linearization (Control theory)

Greetings, I'm trying to understand a theorem about partial feedback linearization from a paper "On the largest feedback linearizable subsystem" by R.Marino (you can find it here: ...
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### Morse theory and adiabatic limits

Let's start with a product manifold $M\times N$, with a product Riemannian metric $g_M\oplus g_N$. Consider a generic Morse function $f(x, y)$ on $M\times N$. Then its critical points are discrete and ...
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### What is the role of contact geometry in the hamiltonian mechanics?

Let us assume someone is interested in the study of Hamiltonian mechanics. What are good examples to illustrate him of the usefulness of contact geometry in this context? On one hand the Hamiltonian ...
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### Restricted Three-Body Problem

The movement of a spacecraft between Earth and the Moon is an example of the infamous Three Body Problem. It is said that a general analytical solution for TBP is not known because of the complexity ...
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### volume entropy for manifolds with boundary?

Recently I learn the volume entropy: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volume_entropy I wonder if one can define volume entropy for a manifold with boundary. Does anyone come up with a reasonable ...
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### Codimension zero immersions

Given an immersion of the n-1-sphere into a (closed) n-manifold, when does it extend to an immersion of the n-disk? Remark: If the sphere had dimension k smaller than n-1, then such an immersion ...
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### square root of diffeomorphism of R: does it always exist?

Let $f:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ be a smooth, orientation preserving diffeomorphism of the real line. Is it the case that there always exist another diffeomorphism $g:\mathbb R\to\mathbb R$ such that ...
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### Injective flow lines of a vector field near a closed orbit

Suppose $v$ is a vector field on a manifold $X$ with flow $\phi^t$. Suppose $v$ carries a first integral $f:X \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ (i.e. $f$ is constant on the orbits of $v$). Suppose ...
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### Geometry and Integrability in Other Bundles

Background: Suppose $E=TM$ is the tangent bundle to some differentiable manifold $M^n$. If we specify some subbundle $D\subset TM$ (distribution of $k$-planes) then there are two natural situations ...
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### What are the zero entropy invariant measures for an Anosov geodesic flow?

Let $M$ be the double-torus with a hyperbolic Riemannian metric. The geodesic flow on the unit tangent bundle $T^1M$ has many invariant Borel probability measures. In particular there are closed ...
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### Trapped rays bouncing between two convex bodies

At some point during my research I was confronted with this problem, but I did not dedicate serious time to it. Anyway it stayed in the back of my mind and I'm still interested in hints for it. ...
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### Is there an underlying explanation for the magical powers of the Schwarzian derivative?

Given a function $f(z)$ on the complex plane, define the Schwarzian derivative $S(f)$ to be the function $S(f) = \frac{f'''}{f'} - \frac{3}{2} (\frac{f''}{f'})^2$ Here is a somewhat more conceptual ...
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### Birkhoff conjecture about integrable billiards

There is a conjecture by Birkhoff which claims that for a simple closed $C^2$ plane curve $C$, if the billiard ball map is integrable then the curve is an ellipse. Integrability here might be ...
The following question is related to the Seifert conjecture. Let $M$ be a closed manifold with zero Euler characteristic. Is it true that each homotopy class of nowhere-zero vector fields on $M$ ...