# Tagged Questions

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### Laplace-Beltrami operator on a Lie group

For an arbitrary Lie group, is it always possible to chose a left-invariant Riemannian metric such that the Laplace-Beltrami operator $\Delta$ is given by
$$\Delta f = \delta^{i j} X_i X_j f$$
for ...

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### The surjectivity of the exponential map for the isometry group

Little is known on general conditions guaranteeing that the exponential map between a Lie algebra and an associated Lie group is surjective.
Let $M$ be a noncompact connected Riemann manifold, and ...

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### Is the group of isometries of a homogeneous Riemannian manifold maximal?

I have a homogeneous Riemannian manifold X with isometry group Iso. Is Iso a maximal group? By maximal group, I mean that there does not exist another group G such that:
Iso is a proper subgroup of ...

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### Relation between volume of reduced space and phase space

Let $G$ ba a compat Lie group and $\frak g$ be its Lie algebra, then by Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory we know that if $J:M\to \frak g^*$ be its equivariant moment map then the reduced space is ...

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### Riemannian metric and Volume form for $SE(n)$ and/or $E(n)$

I wonder what happens when you construct the Tiling spaces considering the natural action of $SE(n)$ or $E(n)$ rather than $\mathbb R^n$. In order to do that, I need to understand both the (left ...

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### Bi invariant Riemannian metric on a Lie Group

I'm trying to find an example of a Lie group $G$ which admits a bi-invariant Riemannian metric, and which has a closed subgroup $H$ such that the manifold $G/H$ does not admit a $G$-invariant ...

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### Manifold with a quasi-positive curvature

As far as I know, in a simply connected compact manifold, still there exists no well-known obstruction for a manifold with a quasi-positive curvature to be a manifold with positive curvature.
But ...

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### Isometry group of pseudo Riemannian manifold always a Lie group? (Myers-Steenrod)

Myers-Steenrod states that the isometry group of a Riemannian manifold is a Lie group. Is that also true for pseudo Riemannian manifolds? I didn't find anything related to that.
Cheers

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### Invariants of a $GL(3,\mathbb{R})$ action

I'm trying to understand the standard $GL(3,\mathbb{R})$ action on the 15-dimensional space of possible values for the derivative of the Riemann curvature tensor of a 3-dimensional manifold $M$ at a ...

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### Is every topological (resp. Lie-) group the isometrygroup of a metric space (resp. Riemannian manifold)?

The isometry group of a metric space is a topological group (with the compact open topology). The isometry group of a Riemann Manifold is a Liegroup. (Thm. of Steenrod-Myers)
So, is every topological ...

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### Isometric embedding of a compact Lie Group in $M(n,\mathbb{C})$

Greetings,
Let $G$ be a compact Lie group with a bi-invariant inner product $h$ on it. Can one embedd $G$ in $M(n,\mathbb{C})$ isometrically for some $n \in \mathbb{N}$. By isometrically I mean that ...

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### “Homogeneity” of the Hopf fibration $S^7\to S^{15}\to S^8$ [closed]

My question has to do with an apparent contradiction I get regarding the Hopf fibration $S^7\to S^{15}\to S^8$. Namely, the two following statements cannot be true at the same time (but I do not see ...

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### Sobolev Norm of distance function on Riemannian manifold

Suppose $M$ is a Riemannian manifold with distance function $d:M\times M \rightarrow [0,\infty)$. If it helps let $M$ be a Lie group with finite Haar measure $\mu$ and left invariant metric (like ...

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### Metric Connections on a Lie Group

A Lie group has three standard Cartan connections; the (-)-connection, the (0)-connection, and the (+)-connection. The (0)-connection is Levi-Civita with the associated metric the bi-invariant metric. ...

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### rigidity of eigenvalues of circular ensemble

Given a circular unitary ensemble, with the following joint density:
$p(\theta_1,\ldots, \theta_n) = Z_n \prod_{j < k} |e^{i \theta_j} - e^{i \theta_k}|^2$,
is the following statement true? With ...

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### volume of compact simple Lie groups under the natural Euclidean embedding

I am looking for a quick reference for the volume formula for all the compact simple Lie groups embedded as matrix groups in the natural way. The one I care most for are the real orthogonal groups. I ...

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### Ricci curvature of the symplectic group

Is the Ricci curvature of the compact symplectic group $Sp(n)$ bounded below by $cn$ for some constant $c > 0$ independent of $n$?
For $O(n)$ and $U(n)$ I know many references which state such a ...

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### Conjugate points in Lie groups with left-invariant metrics

For any Lie group $G$ there exist many left-invariant Riemannian metrics, namely, one just takes any inner product on the tangent space at the identity $T_eG$ and then left translate it to the other ...

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### average Riemannian distance between Identiity and a random point in SO(n) or SU(n)

I can compute the even moments of the Riemannian distance $d(Id, U)$ between the identity element and a uniformly chosen point on say $SU(n)$. But the odd moments elude me. Basically one needs to ...

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### $G_2$ and Geometry

In a recent question Deane Yang mentioned the beautiful Riemannian geometry that comes up when looking at $G_2$. I am wondering if people could expand on the geometry related to the exceptional Lie ...

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### What are the computationally useful ways of thinking about Killing fields?

One definition of the Killing field is as those vector fields along which the Lie Derivative of the metric vanishes. But for very many calculation purposes the useful way to think of them when dealing ...

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### The orthogonal group of a riemannian metric

Let the inner product of the vectors X and Y on a given four dimensional manifold (EDIT: make this R4) be defined as (X*Y) = gikXiYk; using the summation convention for repeated indicies.
Let A be a ...

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### Action of the group of isometries on a manifold

Hi guys,
I am able to prove that any symmetric manifold is complete (Consider a local geodesic and use the symmetry to flip it, effectively doubling the length of the geodesic, ad infinitum). I want ...

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### Frobenius Theorem

Say a manifold M has 3 vector fields S,T and R whose Lie brackets satisfy the equations $[S,T]=R$, $[R,S]=T$ and $[T,R]=S$
Then I suppose the following properties hold for M,
There exists a ...

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### Killing fields on homogeneous spaces

Let $G$ be a compact lie group and $H$ a closed subgroup and hence think of $G/H$ as a homogeneous space.
Then how are the Killing fields on $G/H$ the projection of the right-invariant vector fields ...