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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Proof of the general expression for anomaly in a CFT and its partition function

I think the statement is that for any dimensional CFT the following is true, $$\langle T^{\mu}_\mu \rangle = \sum B_n I_n - 2(-1)^{d/2}AE_d,$$ where $E_d$ is the `"Euler density" and $I_n$ are ...
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Can one use the continuity method to show that the two dimensional hyperbolic space can be immersed in five dimensional Euclidean space?

First of all, I must clarify at the outset that I am simply asking if there is an alternative way to solve an already known problem. It is known that the answer to my question is yes. The problem is ...
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Geometric means of matrices beyond the positive definite cone

Recently a lot of work has been done on geometric means of positive definite matrices (see here and here for example). Has anyone extended this concept to larger sets of matrices (copositive, for ...
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Voronoi cells and the dual complexes in Riemannian manifolds

I would like to use some "intuitively clear" properties of Voronoi cells in general Riemannian manifolds, but I have trouble finding references. Let $(X,d)$ be a connected Riemannian manifold and ...
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The space of generalized complex structures in sense of N.Hitchin is contractible?

Generalized complex structures were introduced by Nigel Hitchin in 2002. A generalized almost complex structure is an almost complex structure of the generalized tangent bundle which preserves the ...
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The measure on the harmonic spectrum from Selberg trace formula

One can see the following two equations, Theorem 6.1 (Selberg Trace formula) on page 26 of these notes. Equation 3.19 and 3.20 on page 11 of this paper. I vaguely feel that these two are the ...
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Non simply connected HyperKähler 4-manifolds without ALE metrics

In a 1989 paper Peter Kronheimer showed that each simply connected HyperKähler 4-manifold possesses an ALE metric. What do we know about the non-simply connected cases?
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Non-Symmetric Equivariant Riemannian Metrics on Homogeneous Spaces

For a homogeneous space $M = G/H$, the number of $H$-equivariant Riemannian metrics on $M$ is usually much smaller than the space of Riemannian metrics. I am wondering what happens when the symmetric ...
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non compact riemannian manifolds

According to Gromoll and Meyer: Let M be a complete non-compact Riemannian manifold of positive sectional curvature. Then M is diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^n$. Thus, I think to classify ...
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Dimensional curvature identities

In a series of papers (1, 2, 3) P. Gilkey et al. discuss certain identities satisfied by the curvature tensor of a (pseudo)-Riemannian metric. Contrary to the Bianchi or Ricci identities, these ones ...
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On the canonical neighborhoods

Suppose $M$ is a 3-dimensional manifold, John W. Morgan and Frederick Tsz-Ho Fong in their "Ricci Flow and Geometrization of 3-Manifolds" book as a definition of canonical neighborhoods have ...
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Minimum requirements for a Kähler manifold to be hyperkähler

In 'panoramic view of Riemmannian geometry' when introducing hyperkähler manifolds, Berger states, informally, that a hyperkähler manifold is a Riemmannian manifold which is Kähler for more than one ...
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Easy proof of topological property of Zoll manifolds

It is known that the cohomology ring of a Zoll manifold---a riemannian manifold all of whose geodesics are periodic with the same minimal period---must be the same as the cohomology ring of a compact ...
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random walk and Brownian motion on Riemannian manifold

As we know, the random walk on $\mathbb{Z}/n$ will converge(in some sense) to the Brownian motion on $\mathbb{R}$ when $n\to\infty$. I would like to know is there some higher dimensional analogy ...
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What happens to small squares in Riemann mapping?

I have a square S, and I want to convert it to the unit disc D. The Riemann mapping theorem says that I can do this with a conformal bijective map. But, any such mapping will cause some distortion. ...
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Least area minimal hypersurface of $\mathbb C P^{n+1}$

After a few lectures on min-max for minimal hypersurfaces and isoperimetric problems, and seeing in several instances that the least area minimal hypersurface of the round sphere is an equator, I was ...
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Integral estimate on a two dimensional Riemannian manifold

For my Master's thesis, I'd like to prove the following (but I'm not sure it's true): On a two-dimensional Riemannian manifold (oriented and closed), for any smooth function $f$, it holds that $$ ...
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Averaging lengths and distances

A natural way in which Finsler metrics appear in Riemannian geometry is as averages of Riemannian metrics (e.g., the average of the arc-length elements $\sqrt{dx^2 + dy^2}$ and $\sqrt{2dx^2 + 3dy^2}$ ...
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How metric is Riemannian geometry

Let $(M, g)$ be a finite-dimensional Riemannian manifold. It is well-known, that the Riemannian metric induce a metric on the manifold by $$d(x, y) = \text{inf} \int_a^b \| \dot\gamma(t) \| \, ...
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Canonic identification of the tangent space of the Grassmannian

let $Gr(k,V)$ be the grassmannian of k-dimensional subspaces of the complex vector space $V$ of dimension $n>k$. I know that, given $K\in Gr(k,V)$, $T_{Gr(k,V),K}\simeq Hom(K,V/K)$, but i want to ...
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Riemannian and symplectic structures

Let $(\mathcal M,g)$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold and $\Delta$ be the standard (positive) Laplace operator given in coordinates by the usual $$ \Delta=-\vert g\vert^{-1/2}\partial_j(\vert ...
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choices of connection in prequantization

In the definition of pre-quantization of representation $f\to \hat{f}$, (here $\hat{f}$ is Hermitian operator)of $C^{\infty}(M)$ on $L^2(M,L,\mu)$ where $\mu$ is Hermitian form, suppose that there ...
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Van Vleck-Morette Determinant

There seems to be something curious about the so-called Van-Vleck-Morette determinant, as I cannot find any source that properly defines it in terms of expressions previously defined in that source ...
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Ito Diffusions with low regularity?

I would like to have an Itô Diffusion $$ X_t = \int_0^t b(s) \mathrm{d}s + \int_0^t \sigma(s) \mathrm{d}B_s.$$ where the (vector- and matrix-valued, respectively) functions $b$ and $\sigma$ have lower ...
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Proof of a theorem of Jean-Pierre Serre on geodesics of closed Riemannian manifolds

An oft-cited theorem of Serre states that there are infinitely many geodesics between any two points in a closed Riemannian manifold. Could someone please provide an intuitive sketch of the proof?
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pre-symplectic and foliation and its trajectories

Let $(M,\omega)$, be pre-symplectic, then can we say, we have a foliation of $M$, with tangent spaces $ker\omega$.What can we say about its trajectories. ?
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A question on asymptotically flat metrics

For $M$ a Riemannian manifold, with Riemannian metric $g$ and $x$ a point in M, what is the meaning of "$g$ on $M\backslash\{x\}$ has an 'asymptotically flat end at $x$'."? (See this paper on page 16, ...
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Equality of the determinants of certain submatrices of an orthogonal matrix

Is the determinant of any submatrix of an ORTHOGONAL matrix extracted from the intersection of $k$ row and $k$ columns equal to that of the $(n-k)(n-k)$ submatrix remaining after deletion of these ...
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Quantum Cellular Automata on Riemannian manifolds and geometric group theory

We try to motivate our question. We have a certain logical/operational structure that has an emergent physical interpretation. We are giving this structure a geometric setting via quasi-isometries. ...
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Aubin's book - construction of Green's function on compact manifold

In Aubin's book (nonlinear problems in Riemannian Geometry), starting from p. 106, it is shown that a Green's function of a compact manifold without boundary satisfies $$G(P,Q) \leq k ...
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Does the gluing procedure in Robert Wald’s book *General Relativity* yield a Hausdorff spacetime?

Before I state my problem, let me provide some definitions pertaining to the Cauchy Problem in General Relativity. Definition 1: A triplet $ (\Sigma,h,k) $ is called an initial data set if $ ...
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Negative curvature in the middle of $R^{3}$

What's a simple example of metric on $R^{3}$ which has negative scalar curvature inside of a (limited) set N, and is equal to the standard (Euclidean) metric outside? Basically, I am asking for a ...
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Existence of Geodesics in continuous metrics

I learned that if we are given a $C^0$ Riemannian metric on a smooth manifold $M$, geodesics (i.e. length minimizing curves) are absolutely continuous, and if the metrics is $C^{0,\alpha}$, then the ...
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Nash embedding with target which is not $\mathbb{R}^{m}$

I'm curious about the following question: Given $(M^n,g)$ a closed Riemannian manifold, is there always a $C^\infty$ isometric embedding $F:(M^n,g) \to (\mathbb{S}^{m},g_{std})$ for $m$ large ...
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Computations with the distance function on a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be a complete Riemannian, connected, compact manifold (with or without boundary). Let $f(r)$ be a decreasing function of $r =$ geodesic distance. If $\Omega \subset M$, then $$ ...
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Random metrics on compact orientable surfaces

Hello everyone, Let $S_g$ be a compact orientable surface of genus $g \geq 2$, and let $\mathcal{A}$ be the set of $\mathcal{C}^{\infty}$ Riemanniann metric on $S_g$ endowed with the topology of ...
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Gromov-Haussdorf and Lipschitz convergence of a non-collapsing sequence of manifolds with Ricci curvature bounded below

There is a theorem from Cheeger-Colding saying the following: Let $n$ be an integer. If a sequence of $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifolds $(M_i,g_i)$ converges with respect to the Gromov-Hausdorff ...
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Torsion and Parallel Transport

There's a close relationship between curvature and the holonomy group; the holonomy theorem of Ambrose and Singer, for example. It seems to me that there should be an analogous result for torsion. I ...
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Negative sectionnal curvature and constant curvature

Good morning everyone, I was wondering about the difference between manifolds carying a Riemanniann metric with negative sectionnal curvature and hyperbolic manifolds. I was told once "there are ...
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Why don't $\mathbb{T}^n, \mathbb{S}^n, \mathbb{H}^n$ admit other metrics of constant curvature?

The torus $\mathbb{T}^n$, the sphere $\mathbb{S}^n$ and the hyperbolic space $\mathbb{H}^n$ admit metrics of constant (sectional) curvature $0, 1, -1$ respectively. Do they afford metrics of constant ...
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Geometry defined by foliation.

In $\mathbb R^3$ there are 3 natural foliations given by the lines parallel to each axis, which intersect transversally. Let $M^n$ a manifold with $n$ foliations by lines or circles that intersect ...
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complete metric space

Hallo, I have the following question: Let $(X,d)$ be a complete metric space. Is then $(X,\operatorname{dist})$ also complete? Here by $\operatorname{dist}$ I mean the metric induced by $d$ by: ...
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In the case of the Ricci flow, the symmetries of the flow are scalings and diffeomorphisms

Can anyone help me and prove that in the case of the Ricci flow, the symmetries of the flow are scalings and diffeomorphisms? Thanks for your time.
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Time has dimension $2$ with respect to the Ricci flow scaling

Terence Tao in his lecture notes on Ricci flow has written: If we are to find a scale-invariant (and diffeomorphism-invariant) monotone quantity for Ricci flow, it had better be constant on the ...
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On Perelman's paper

In section 5 in "The entropy formula for the Ricci flow and its geometric applications" Grisha Perelman has written: Fix a closed manifold $M$ with a probability measure $m$, and suppose that our ...
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Volume growth of covers and growth of deck-transformation groups

It is well-known that if $\widetilde M\to M$ is a Galois cover of a compact Riemannian manifold $M$ with deck-transformation group $G$, then the growth of $G$ equals the volume growth of $\widetilde ...
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Reference request: Riemannian manifold of linear isometries from $\mathbb{C}^n$ into $\mathbb{C}^m$

Does anyone know a citeable reference which works out the properties (geodesics, geodesic distance, ect) of the Riemannian manifold of linear isometries from $\mathbb{C}^n$ into $\mathbb{C}^m$, ...
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Can one (block) diagonalize the curvature matrix of 2 forms on a Riemannian manifold?

Let $M$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold, let $R$ be the Riemannian curvature operator, and let $p$ be a point in the manifold. With respect to any orthonormal basis of the tangent bundle at the point ...
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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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Triangle area on surfaces of constant curvature

I am looking for an elementary derivation of the formula for the area of a geodesic triangle lying in a surface of constant curvature $\kappa$, depending on the angles and side length. Of course, the ...