Riemannian Geometry is a subfield of Differential Geometry, which specifically studies "Riemannian Manifolds", manifolds with "Riemannian Metrics", which means that they are equipped with continuous inner products.

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Is the unit bundle of a Finsler vector bundle a sphere bundle?

I asked this at mathstackexchange but got no answer, so I am trying here. Let $E$ be a Finsler vector bundle* of rank $k$ over a manifold $M$. Does the unit "bundle" $UE$ admits a structure of a ...
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Quantitative version of the splitting theorem

The classical splitting theorem (Toponogov, Milka) says that if a smooth complete Riemannian manifold (more generally, Alexandrov space) $M^n$ of non-negative sectional curvature contains a line (i.e. ...
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Compact surfaces with arbitrary gaps in spectrum

Consider a sequence of positive numbers $a_n$. My question is, can we select a closed Riemann surface whose spectrum $\lambda_i$ satisfies the condition that $\lambda_{i + 1} - \lambda_i > a_i$? Of ...
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Comparing spectra of Laplacian and Schrödinger operator

Let $M$ be a closed (compact without boundary) Riemannian manifold. Is there a body of results that compares the eigenvalues of the Laplace-Beltrami operator with that of Schrödinger operators ...
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Convex embedding with a positivity condition

We have a $n$-dimensional hypersurface $\Sigma$ embedded in the Euclidean $(n+1)$-space $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. We know that $\Sigma$ is compact without boundary, convex (not necessarly strictly convex), ...
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Equivariant isometric embedding of manifolds in a Hilbert space under a noncompact group action

Given a Riemannian manifold $M$ and a group of isometries $G$ of $M$, I am interested in when there exists a isometric embedding $\iota : M \to H$, where $H$ is a Hilbert space and a representation ...
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Norm on space of metrics

I recently heard a differential geometry talk where the speaker constructed a one-parameter family of metrics $g(t)$ on a smooth manifold and said that $g(t)$ is real analytic in the Banach space ...
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ricci flow on surfaces

In Hamiltons paper "Ricci flow on surfaces" there is an estimate on $|\nabla R|^2$ which shows that $|\nabla R|^2 \leq C_1 \exp{\frac{rt}{2}}$ for some constant $C_1$. Actually for any solution of the ...
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Is a manifold generically real analytic (with generic real analytic metric)?

I have heard it said in some differential geometry talks that "the generic situation in such and such case is real analytic". My question is, is the generic smooth manifold also real analytic in some ...
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Calculating the Riemann Christoffel tensor for a diagonal metric

I am trying to calculate the entries of the Riemann curvature tensor $R^m_{\phantom{m}ijk}$ for the metric $g_{ij}$. The Riemann-Christoffel tensor is given as \begin{align} R^m_{\phantom{m}ijk} = ...
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Flow on invariant Lagrangian tori

The most concrete version of the question is : A (necessarily) invariant Lagrangian torus $L$ on the unit cotangent of a Riemannian metric on the two-torus carries a periodic orbit with period $T$. ...
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Does this PDE only have the trivial solution?

Let $(M,g)$ be a closed Einstein manifold of dimension $m>2$ and $$ \mathrm{Ricc}(g)=\lambda g, $$ $h$ a symmetric $2$-covariant tensor, $\Delta=\nabla^*\nabla$ the Laplacian on functions as well ...
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local definability of geodesics in an o-minimal structure

Let $R$ be an o-minimal expansion of the reals, and let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold, such that $M$ and $g$ are definable in $R$. Let $\gamma: [0,1] \to M$ be a geodesic, i.e. a curve such that ...
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Is the boundary of Alexandrov space again an Alexandrov space?

Let $X$ be a finite dimensional (possibly compact) Alexandrov space with curvature $\geq K$. Is it true that its boundary is again Alexandrov space with curvature bounded from below? If yes, is the ...
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configuration space of Riemannian manifolds with a parameter on the distance of distinct points

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold. For any $\epsilon\geq 0$, we define the $k$-th ($k=1,2,\cdots$) "$\epsilon$-configuration space" as $$ F(M,k,\epsilon)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\in M^k\mid d(x_i, ...
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Are the Sasaki metrics on tangent and cotangent bundle isomorphic?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. Then there is the well-known Sasaki metric that makes $(TM,\hat{g})$ a Riemannian manifold. In a similar way, one can construct a Sasaki metric $\bar{g}$ on the ...
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A property of geodesic triangles in Alexandrov spaces

Let $X$ be an $n$-dimensional Alexandrov space with curvature at least -1. Assume that at every point it has an $(n,\delta)$-strainer of length $\mu$, where $\delta$ and $\mu$ are independent of a ...
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Spectral geometry: asymptotic sequences of subspaces of $L^2(M)$ and the geometry of $M$

Consider a closed connected Riemannian manifold $M$, together with the associated Hilbert space $L^2(M)$ defined with respect to the Riemannian volume density. Let $-\Delta$ be the positive Laplacian ...
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What is the metric on the Fuchsian model? [closed]

Let $\mathbb{H}$ be the upper half plane, and $\Gamma < SL(2, \mathbb{R})$ be a Fuchsian group. How is the distance between any two points $x, y \in \mathbb{H} / \Gamma$ in the Fuchsian model ...
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Obtaining Killing fields from the tetrad

I'm reading the following article by Newman http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/journal/jmp/4/7/10.1063/1.1704018 about the generalization of the Schwarzschild metric. My question is the following: ...
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Isometric imbedding of a sphere with positively curved metric

QUESTION. Given a Riemannian metric on the sphere $S^n$ with positive sectional survature. Can it be isometrically imbedded into $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ (of any class of regularity) as a boundary of a ...
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A property of geodesic triangles in manifolds with lower bounds on curvature and injectivity radius

Does there exist a function $\tau(\varepsilon)=\tau(\varepsilon,n,K,\mu)$ such that $\lim_{\varepsilon\to +0}\tau(\varepsilon)=0$ and for any $n$-dimensional complete Riemannian manifold $M^n$ with ...
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symmetric points on symmetric spaces

Let $M$ by an $m$-dimensional symmetric space (or a general Riemannian manifold). The finite distinct points $p_1,p_2,\cdots,p_n\in M$ are said symmetric, if for any permutation $\sigma$ on ...
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Can the conformal structure on the projective light-cone detect hyperplane sections?

Let $(V,\langle\,\cdot\,,\,\cdot\,\rangle)$ be an $(n+1)$-dimensional real vector space, equipped with a nondegenerate symmetric bilinear form of indefinite signature, and denote by $\nu(v):=\langle ...
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$C^k$ one-parameter family of metrics

Consider a smooth Riemannian manifold $M$ and a $C^k$ one-parameter family of Riemannian metrics $g_t$ on $M$. Here $k$ could be any integer, $k$ could be infinity, when the one-parameter family $g_t$ ...
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Reference: Betti Numbers of the free loop space are finite

let $M$ be a compact, simply connected Riemannian manifold with dimension $< \infty$. I'm looking for a reference that $$ \dim H_k(\Lambda M, \mathbb{Z}) < \infty, $$ is true in that case. Here ...
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Long time existence of Ricci flow on compact surfaces of negative curvature

Is there a long time existence for the Ricci flow on compact negatively curved surfaces? I just read that the normalized Ricci flow has a long time solution converging to a metric of constant negative ...
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Equivalence of Harmonic Maps and Conformal Maps on Genus-0 closed surfaces

By the uniformization theorem, for every genus-0 closed surface $\mathcal{M}\subset\mathbb{R}^3$, there is a conformal map $f:\mathcal{M}\rightarrow \mathbb{S}^2$. Furthermore consider the Dirichlet ...
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Green's function on sphere

Consider radial (normal) coordinates on a sphere $S^n, n \geq 2$. Let the "origin" be the north pole $(0, 0,..., 1)$ and the coordinates be denoted by $(r, \theta)$. We know that the Laplacian ...
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kahler einstein metric for exceptional compact type hermitian symmetric space

Can anyone write down the kahler einstein metric for exceptional compact type hermitian symmetric spaces($\frac{E_6}{SO(10)*SO(2)}$ and $\frac{E_7}{E_6*SO(2)}$). I can find the bergmann kernel for ...
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Existence of smooth proper functions with bounded derivatives on manifolds

Suppose $M$ is a complete Finsler manifold of finite dimension. Is there always a smooth proper real-valued function $f$ on $M$ so that the norms of the first and second derivative are bounded ? The ...
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The completeness assumption in some comparison theorems in Riemannian geometry

There is a family of comparison theorems in Riemannian geometry (Rauch, Günther-Bishop, Gromov, Toponogov-Cheng) that all rely on two hypotheses: some boundedness of the sectional or Ricci curvature, ...
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Equivariant exponential map on Hilbert manifolds

Let $M$ be a Hilbert Riemannian manifold and $G$ a finite-dimensional Lie group acting on $M$. It is well-known that when $M$, too, is finite-dimensional $$\exp_p: U \subset T_pM \rightarrow \exp_p(U) ...
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Hodge de Rham operator and orientability

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. One can consider the exterior algebra bundle $\Lambda(T^*M)$. The sections of this bundle are differential forms, to be noted by $\Omega^k(M)$. One can consider ...
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Negativity of a quadratic form on $L^2(M)$

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold and $V=L^2(M)$. Let $\Delta$ be the negative-definite Laplacian. Let $f \in V$ and $x \in M$ be arbitrary, but fixed. Is it true that ${\rm Re} \ (\Delta f) ...
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Some counter examples in group theory

In this question, which we flag it as a community wiki question, we search for a big list of groups $G$ which can not be isomorphic to a structure mentioned in $i.$ for some $i \in ...
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Explanation that Twistor Space of $S^4$ is $\mathbb{C}P^3$?

I am attempting to read Atiyah's paper on self-duality in four-dimensional Riemannian geometry, and I came across the following basic example: Let $S_-$ be the $SU(2)$-bundle of anti-self dual ...
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The Laplacian of an expression involving the Ricci tensor

While doing some computations on a compact Riemannian manifold I have reached the following expression: $$ \Delta_y \big( Ric_y (\exp_y ^{-1} x, \exp_y ^{-1} x) \big) (x)$$ where $\Delta_y$ is the ...
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Laplace-Beltrami and averaging

For a Riemannian manifold $M$ with metric $g$ and Laplace-Beltrami operator $-\Delta_{g}$, what conditions on $M$ guarantee that $-\Delta_{g} u(x)$ measures the difference between $u(x)$ and the ...
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Set of regular points in an Alexandrov space with curvature bounded below

Let $X^n$ be an $n$-dimensional Alexandrov space with curvature bounded below. A point $x\in X$ is called regular if the space of directions $\Sigma_x$ is isometric to the standard sphere $S^{n-1}$. ...
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Advanced Differential Geometry Textbook

I tried this post on StackExchange with no luck. Hopefully the experts at MathOverflow can help. In algebraic topology there are two canonical "advanced" textbooks that go quite far beyond the usual ...
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Doubling theorem for Alexandrov spaces

Is there a user friendly exposition of the notion of boundary of an Alexandrov space with curvature bounded from below and of the Doubling theorem? The only reference I am aware of is the original ...
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For a 3-manifold $Y$, when does $Y\times S^{1}$ admits a Riemannian metric with positive scalar curvature?

Let $Y$ be an orientable, smooth 3-manifold and let $X=Y\times S^{1}$. My question is that: when does $X$ admits a Riemannian metric with positive scalar curvature? An obvious case is when $Y$ ...
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Comparing Dirichlet energy and area of a Surface-immersion

Let $(F,g)$ be a closed Surface, $(M,h)$ a Riemannian 3-Manifold and $f: F \to M$ a smooth immersion. Denote by $f^*(h)$ the pullback metric on $TF$ induced by $f$ and let $dV_g$ and $dV_{f^*(h)}$ be ...
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Square of the distance function on a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M^n,g)$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold. Consider the square of the distance function $$dist^2\colon M\times M\to \mathbb{R}$$ given by $(x,y)\mapsto dist^2(x,y)$. It is easy to see that this ...
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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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When is a conformal class equal to a conformal orbit?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$. Let $\text{conf}(M,g)$ denote the conformal group, i.e. the subgroup of diffeomorphisms of $M$ that acts by conformal transformations relative to ...
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Generate matrices at the given distance from the initial matrix

I have n-by-n correlation matrix $C_{ij}$, it's symmetric positive definite, and $C_{ii}=1$ and $C_{ij}\le1$ etc. I want to generate a bunch of matrices $M_{ij}$ which are on the same distance from ...
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Vector Fields in a Riemannian Manifold

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a Riemannian manifold. Is there a way to classify manifolds where there exists a vector field that commutes with the laplace beltrami operator? Thanks
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Normal fields of geodesic spheres

This question is related to this one (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1383511/normal-curvature-of-geodesic-spheres) I've asked at math.stackexchange. Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian ...