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### Energy functional

During my study on Ricci Flow I faced some functional known as energy functional. For example Einstein-Hilbert functional is called an energy functional, also in Perelman's works ...

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### Homogeneous Spaces and Equivariant Hodge Maps

For a homogeneous space $G/H$, endowed with a $H$-equivariant metric $g$, let $\ast$ be the corresponding Hodge star map. It seems that $\ast$ must also be $\ast$-equivariant, but I can't see how one ...

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### On Dimension of Instanton Moduli Space

I am reading Charles Nash's book on differential topology and QFT. In particular, I have question on the part calculating dimension of instanton moduli space. The question split into conceptual part ...

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### Prescribing the Lie derivative of the metric?

This is a question that arises from my research problem. Suppose $(M,g)$ is a compact Riemannian manifold with boundary and $g$ is smooth up to the boundary (if you like, take $M$ to be diffeomorphic ...

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### Heat Kernel Asymptotics with low regularity

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold with Riemannian metric $g$, which is not smooth but only continuous.
Question: Is there still an asymptotic expansion of the heat kernel of the form
$$ p_t(x, y) \sim (4 ...

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### geometric interpretation of Lie bracket

On page 159 of "A Comprehensive Introduction To Differential Geometry Vol.1" by Spivak has written:
We thus see that the bracket $[X,Y]$ measures, in some sense, the extent to
which the integral ...

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### 3-dim 1-connected Alexandrov manifold with curvature $\ge 0$ Heomomorphic to sphere?

For Alexandrov manifold in the title we mean 3-dim Alexandrov apace which is also a topological. manifold.
Shioya-Yamaguchi posted a conjecture on their paper "Collapsing 3-manifold with lower ...

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### Trivial canonical bundle of a Ricci-flat, simplyconnected Kähler manifold

Hallo,
I have two questions where I do not really know how to deal with them. Let $(M,J,g)$ be a Kähler manifold, where $g$ is the Riemannian metric and denote by $\omega(\cdot , \cdot) = g(J \cdot ...

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### Geometry of Hopf fibrations and the fibration of Steifel Manfiolds over Grassmannians

When $F = \mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C}$ or $\mathbb{H}$, there are fibrations $$O(k,F)\rightarrow V_k(F^n)\rightarrow G_k(F^n)$$ where $V_k(F^n)$ are Steifel manifolds and $G_k(F^n)$ are Grassmannians. When ...

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### Is there a lower bound for variance in terms of curvature?

If the Gaussian curvature of the metric $g= f^2(x,y)(dx^2+dy^2)$ is nonzero then $f$ cannot be constant. This can be expressed by stating that the (probabilistic) variance $Var(f)$ of $f$ is nonzero ...

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### Dose closed Alexandrov space admit a bi-Lipschitz embedding into $\mathbb R^N$?

as the title says.
Let $A^n$ be an $n$-dimensional closed Alexandrov space. Does it admit a bi-Lipschitz embedding into the Euclidiean space $\mathbb R^N$ for sufficiently large $N$?
I know there are ...

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### About Sectional Curvature [closed]

In a paper by Yann Ollivier:
Let $x$ be a point in $X$, $v$ a small tangent vector at $x$, $y$ the endpoint
of $v$, $w_x$ a small tangent vector at $x$, and $w_y$ the parallel transport of $w_x$ from ...

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### A k-form is thought of as measuring the flux through an infinitesimal k-parallelepiped

On the wikipedia has written "A $k$-form is thought of as measuring the flux through an infinitesimal $k$-parallelepiped." How does a $k$-form do this? if this sentence is right, then the flux of ...

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### A question from Hamilton's Ricci Flow book by bennett chow

On page 3 of the book before exercise 1.2, is written: "torsion free is a compatibility condition with the differentiable structure". I correctly do not understand how torsion-free condition results ...

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### geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness

What is the geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness? We know that if the Riemann tensor at a point vanished, manifold is flat at this point. but I don't know When the Ricci tensor vanished at a point, ...

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### Strongly parabolic PDE vs weakly parabolic PDE

In my studies on the Ricci flow, I was faced with a problem. To prove the existence and uniqueness of solutions to the Ricci flow, it is proved that the Ricci flow is a Parabolic PDE type. Then one ...

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### Resolvent of Laplacian

Hello!
Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and $-\Delta$ the Laplacian on M (acting on smooth functions). Then the resolvent $R(\xi)$ of $-\Delta$ is a compact operator.
Is it possible to find for ...

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### Bi-invariant Riemannian metrics on So(n)

Defining the inner product - 1/2 tr(XY) on the lie algebra so(n)(skew symmetric matrices) is one way to introduce a bi-invariant metric on So(n) since the inner product is ad-invariant. Are there any ...

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### Different notions of geodesics.

Let $M$ be a (without boundary and not necessarly complete) Riemannian manifold.
A map $c\colon [a,b]\rightarrow M$ is called geodesic of type A iff $c$ is piecewise smooth, parametrized proportional ...

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### Difference between parallel transport and derivative of the exponential map

This is a crosspost from math.stackexchange
Given a Riemannian manifold $M$, let $c(t) = \exp_p(tX)$ be the geodesic emanating from $p \in M$ with initial value $X$. Let $t_0$ be small enough, then ...

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### Clarification in a paper

This is regarding a clarification in page 384 of a paper published in Annals of Statistics by Amari.
In page no. 384, he defines $$R_i(t)=\frac{\partial}{\partial \theta_i} ...

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### Normal coordinates

On a Riemannian Manifold $(M,g)$, for any $p \in M$, there exists a normal coordinate system at p, ${U, x_1, ..., x_n}$. I want to integrate over a normal coordinate system with U being a geodesic ...

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### positive sectional curvature of submanifold in $R^n$?

Let $N$ be a hypersurface in $\mathbb R^n$, assume it is compact. Then the maximum point of $d(O, x)$ when restrict to $N$ has positive sectional curvature lower bound by the one of the correspond ...

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### Approximating solutions to minima of the discrete Lagrangian

I have been stuck on this problem for a week and I'm not sure whether or not it is hard or I'm just missing something obvious.
General gist of the problem
I have a variational problem on a ...

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### Diameter estimate of distance sphere of positive curved manifold

Let $M$ be an $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with sectional curvature lower bound 1. Fix a point say $O\in M$, let $S(r)$ denote the distance sphere centered at $O$ with radius $r$. The classical ...

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### Special coordinates for periodic metrics

This question is a follow-up to that one.
Given a $\mathbb{Z}^n$-periodic metric $g$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$ (with $n>2$), is it possible to find a periodic diffeomorphism $\varphi$ such that ...

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### Reference - Asymptotic geodesics on compact surfaces without conjugate points

I would like to ask about possible references on the following problem: consider a compact surface and a metric without conjugate points. Consider it's universal covering endowed whith the lifting of ...

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### Does a Riemannian manifold with bounded geometry admit an isometric proper embedding into Euclidean space with uniformly thick tubular neighborhood

Suppose $(M,g)$ is an open Riemannian manifold with bounded geometry, i.e., the injectivity radius is $\ge \epsilon>0$ and each iterated covariant derivative of curvature is bounded with respect to ...

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### The shape operator and an almost contact structure of a real hypersurface in $\mathbb{C}^n$

Let $S$ be an immersed real hypersurface in the Euclidean $\mathbb{C}^n$ with the standard complex structure $J$. Let $A:T(S)\rightarrow T(S)$ be the shape operator of $S$ (e.g. w.r.t. the outer ...

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### Induced Riemannian metric on Jet-Manifold

Suppose $(M,g)$ and $(N,g')$ are smooth Riemannian manifolds and $J^r(M,N)$ is the
smooth manifold of $r$-jets $j^r_xf$ of smooth maps $f:M\to N$.
Is there an 'induced' Riemannian metric $g''$ on ...

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### $C^k$ topology of metrics

Is the space of Riemannian metrics, over a compact manifold, complete when endowed with the $C^k$-topology of metrics?.
Is there a good reference for this?

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### Hessian of the inverse exponential map on a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. Then define
$f: T^*M \times M \to \mathbb{R}$
$f(x,\xi, y) = \langle exp_x^{-1} y, \xi \rangle$
where $exp_{\cdot}\cdot$ is the the exponential map and it's ...

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### Does convex set in Alexandrov space has positive reach?

Let $M$ be a metric space, $A$ a subset of $M$. The reach (defined by Federer) of $A$ in $M$ is the largest $r_0\ge 0$ such that if $x\in M$ and the $d(x, A)< r_0$, then $A$ contains a unique point ...

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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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### Is displacement controled by stable norm?

Let $T^n$ be the $n$-dimensional torus and $g$ be a Riemannian metric on $T^n$. Let $\tilde g$ be the induced metric on the universal covering; using suitable coordinates, $\tilde g$ is therefore a ...

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### Characterizing Hessians among symmetric bilinear tensors

I apologize in advance if this is somewhat elementary, but:
Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian manifold. Is there a "characterization" of which symmetric bilinear tensors $B\in Sym^2(M)$ are ...

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### Lie derivative of curvature

Let $M$ be a Kahler manifold, with Kahler metric $g$. Let $X$ be a holomorphic Killing vector field of $g$, i.e. $L_{X} g = 0$, where $L_{X}$ is the Lie derivative along $X$. Let $R$ be the Riemannian ...

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### Why is it important that partial derivatives commute?

I am asking this in the context of differential geometry (specifically Riemannian).
When the Levi-Civita Connection is defined, we require that the torsion tensor is 0, which in local coordinates ...

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### Compact surface with genus$\geq 2$ with Killing field

Let M be a compact Riemannian surface of genus$\geq 2$.
Can M have a globally defined Killing field ?
Can M have a Killing field defined on M-(finite set of points)?

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### Tangent space, metrics etc. on simplicial sets

Is there a way to attach some sensible notion of tangent space to a simplicial set? If yes, is it possible to transfer typical local data from differential geometry such as metrics to this setting?
...

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### When a Riemannian manifold is of Hessian Typ

When a Riemannian manifold is of Hessian Type (i.e., a Riemannian manifold which its metric is Hessian)

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### Positivity of second fundamental form implies global convexity?

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$. Let $N\subset M$ be a subset with smooth boundary $\Sigma=\partial N$. If one assume the second fundamental form $II$ with respect to inner normal ...

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### Scalar curvature notion for Cartan connections

In Riemannian geometry, there is a well-known notion of the scalar curvature on a Riemannian manifold $M$, which is a function on $M$ given by a suitable contraction the Riemannian curvature tensor. ...

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### How submanifolds evolve under Ricci flow?

This may be very naive, since I just started trying to learn Ricci flow; but I couldn't really find any answer after looking for a while in all the textbooks and lecture notes I found online...
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### First eigenvalue of $\Delta$ on Kaehler manifold with $Ricci\ge k$.

Let $M$ be a Kaehler manifold of complex dimension $n$. Let $\Delta$ be the real Laplacian of the underline Riemannian manifold. Let's assume the Ricci curvature of $M$ satisfies $\text {Ric}\ge ...

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### Is there a way to metricize the notion of $C^\infty$ convergence of pointed Riemannian manifolds?

A sequence of pointed Riemannian manifolds $(M_n,p_n,g_n)$ is said to converge $C^\infty$ to pointed Riemannian manifold $(M,p,g)$ if for each positive radius $R$ there exists sequence of embeddings ...

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### Smoothing of piecewise Euclidean Riemannian metrics

Let $M$ be a smooth closed manifold and $T$ be a triangulation of $M$. Endow each simplex of $T$ with the Euclidean metric making it a regular simplex; this gives a piecewise Euclidean metric $g_0$ on ...

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### What is the Weitzenböck formula for the $\bar\partial$-Laplacian

It is well-known that the Weitzenböck formula for the real Laplacian is
$$\frac12 Δ|∇f|2=|Hessf|2+⟨∇f,∇Δf⟩+Ricci(∇f,∇f)$$
where $Hess$ denotes the Hessian tensor of $f$. and $\nabla f$ denotes the ...

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### Tensor contraction and Covariant Derivative

What is the importance and intuition behind the the contraction operator on tensors (or the trace of a matrix, for that matter)?
In addition, I see that one of the requirements for a covariant ...

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### Algebraic characterization of the curvature operator of symmetric spaces

My question is the following :
Given an algebraic curvature operator $R\in S^2_B(\Lambda^2\mathbb{R}^n)$, is there an a simple criterion to know if this curvature operator can occur as the ...