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### Involution on the set of isomorphism classes of 2n-dimensional vector bundles induced by an involution of $O(2n)$

Denote by $\varphi$ the automorphism of $O(2n)$ given by $\varphi (A)=det(A)\cdot A$.This induces a self-map $B\varphi$ of $BO(n)$, so it induces a self-map (actually an involution)
$B\varphi ^*$ on $[...

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### existence of totally geodesic hypersurfaces

Assume we are on a smooth, complete Riemannian manifold $(M,g), dim(M) \geq 3$. What are the specific geometric/topological constraints for such a manifold to admit complete, totally geodesic ...

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### Almost complex structure and nontrivial idempotents

Is there a compact Reiemannian manifold $M$ for which the following complex $C^{*}$ algebra does not have a nontrivial idempotent:
$A=Hom(E,E)$ where $E$ is the complexification of $TM$.
Of ...

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### Gauss-Bonnet formula for 2-dimensional Alexandrov spaces

EDIT: Let $S$ be a closed orientable 2-dimensional surface equipped with a metric with curvature $\geq \kappa$ in the sense of Alexandrov.
Questions 1. Can one define a measure $K$ on $S$ (thought ...

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### Taylor expansion in Riemannian foliations

Take:
$M$ a Riemannian manifold, ${X_0}\in M$,
$N_{X_0}$ a submanifold of $M$ going through ${X_0}$,
and $Z \in N_{X_0}$ in a neighborhood of ${X_0}$.
At ${X_0} \in N_{X_0}$, we consider the ...

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### What is the relation between two Riemannian metrics with the same Riemannian curvatures?

Consider two flat Riemannian metrics on a manifold. What is the general relation between these two metrics if the manifold is not simply-connected? What is the answer if two Riemannian metrics have ...

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### Geodesics on convex hypersufaces

Let $M^n$ be the boundary of a convex compact set in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ with non-empty interior.
Question 1. Is $M$ geodesically complete, i.e. is it true that every geodesic (= locally shortest path)...

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### Alexandrov spaces which are not limits of Riemannian manifolds

Are there important/ interesting/ natural examples of compact Alexandrov spaces with curvature bounded from below which are not Gromov-Hausdorff limits of smooth compact Riemannian manifolds with ...

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### Totally geodesic submanifold of a hyperbolic 3-manifold

If $M$ is a convex-cocompact hyperbolic 3-manifold, and $S$ is a closed surface with genus $\geq$ 2. Suppose $f:S\to M$ is a minimal immersion, and $f(S)$ is negatively curved. I know that all the ...

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### Nice applications of Liouville's theorem

I need a big list of nice-looking and simple applications of Liouville's theorem on geodesic flow in Riemannian geometry.
Please help.
Examples:
A Riemannian manifold with finite volume does not ...

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### Using Jacobi fields to approximate parallel transport along geodesic:is the following limit true?

I apologize if this is not a research level question (already tried asking http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1303288/relation-between-parallel-transport-and-jacobi-field-iion stack exchange with ...

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### Special connection of vector bundle over real manifold

Let $E \rightarrow M$ be a vector bundle over a smooth manifold $M$ and let $g$ be a bundle metric. Does there exists a conection (maybe unique) $\nabla$ which is compatible with $g$. By this I mean: ...

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### Lower bound on the first eigenvalue of the Laplace-Beltrami on a closed Riemannian manifold

It has been proved by Li-Yau and Zhong-Yang that if $M$ is a closed Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$ with nonnegative Ricci curvature, then the first nonzero eigenvalue $\lambda_1(M)$ of the (...

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### John Nash's Mathematical Legacy

It would seem that John Nash and his wife Alicia died tragically in a car accident on May 23, 2015 (reference). My condolences to his family and friends.
Maybe this is an appropriate time to ask a ...

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### Spherical cap is the only compact constant mean curvature surface bounded by a circle

I would like to see that the only compact rotationally invariant constant mean curvature surfaces with boundary a planar circle, are either a planar disk or a spherical cap.
This is stated in the ...

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### Finding Riemannian metric for this geodesic [closed]

In a $d$-dimensional manifold, given a geodesic equation $\gamma^i(t)=a^i\phi(tb^i),i\in 1\ldots d$, where $\phi:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^+$ is an increasing function, $a^i>0,b^i$ are ...

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### Vector field built from connection and metric

Consider a smooth finite-dimensional manifold $M$ with metric $g$ and connection $\nabla$. For some local coordinate system, denote by $g^{\alpha \beta}$ the inverse of the metric tensor and by $\...

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### Can a cylinder be regarded as a Riemannian manifold? [closed]

Consider the surface of a bounded cylinder consisting of a top,bottom and side part together with the metric induced by the euclidean norm on $\mathbb{R}^3$. Can this space be regarded as a Riemannian ...

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### Flat Riemannian manifold

Is it true that a Riemannian manifold is flat, if and only if a coordinate transformation $f$ exists, such that the geodesics after transformation is in linear form $\mathbf{y}_t=\mathbf{a}t+\mathbf{y}...

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### Where is the exponential map a diffeomorphism?

Let $M$ be a closed compact Riemannian manifold.
The exponential map $\mathrm{exp}:TM\to M\times M$ takes $(p,v)$ to $(p,\gamma_v(1))$, where $\gamma_v$ is the geodesic flow at $p$ in the direction ...

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### Intrinsic definition of arc length [closed]

Is there an intrinsic way of defining the arc length of a curve in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$, that is without resorting to a parametrization of the curve?

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### Does convex hypersurface necessarily bound a convex domain?

Let $H\in M$ be a convex hypersurface, where $M$ is a complete Riemannian manifold and $H$ is an embedded (complete as a induced metric space) hyper surface without boundary and with positive definite ...

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### Isometric imbedding of finite metric space into standards spaces [duplicate]

Is it true that any metric space consisting of $n$ points can be isometrically imbedded into $n-1$ dimensional Euclidean space? Hyperbolic space?
(For $n=3$ this is true.) If not, what are necessary/...

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### extension of the projectivized gradient of a harmonic function

Let $(M,g)$ be a riemannian manifold, $\Delta$ the associated Laplacian, and $\{ f_i \}$ the real-valued eigenfunctions of $\Delta$. Then, $\nabla f_i \in \Gamma ^{\infty } (\mathrm{T} M) $ is defined ...

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### Intersections of open balls in manifolds

This question is motivated by the post Uncountable intersections of open balls in a separable metric space.
The general problem is the following: given a connected Riemannian manifold $M$, what are ...

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### Space with $Ric \geq -(n-1)$

Note that hyperbolic space $H$ has $Ric=-(n-1)$. I want to know :
Question : Does there exists a simply connected open complete Riemannian manifold $M$ s.t.
(1) $ Ric\geq -(n-1)$ on $M$
(2) $ ...

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### A variation on the local Günther inequality

This question is about a variation on the Günther (also known as Günther-Bishop) inequality for manifolds of sectional curvature bounded from above. With Greg Kuperberg, we would deduce from it a ...

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### Nowhere vanishing, normalized vector field with bounded derivatives

It is well-known that any non-compact manifold admits a nowhere vanishing vector field. If we have a Riemannian metric we may pick such a vector field and normalize it so that at every point it has ...

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### Stochastic interpretation of heat kernel on fiber bundle

I'm looking for a stochastic interpretation of the heat equation for vector valued function.
The classical set up is the following :
If $(M,g)$ is a riemannian manifold then we could consider the ...

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### Area of a plane surface that gives a lot of theoretical problems

Let $\mathbf{r}:(a,b)\times (0,1)\to\mathbb{R}^2\subseteq\mathbb{R}^3$ be a injective application, given by:
$$\mathbf{r}(u,v)=A(u)+v\cdot (B(u)-A(u)), \forall\ (u,v)\in (a,b)\times (0,1)$$
where $A,...

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### Sources on evolution of submanifolds subject to Ricci flow

I am seeking any textbook or paper addressing the evolution of submanifolds of a manifold undergoing Ricci Flow. Please, any pointer towards this topic is more than welcome.
This old MO post may be ...

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### An unusual metric reconstruction problem

$\newcommand{\bR}{\mathbb{R}}\newcommand{\pa}{\partial}$This questions has some nebulous roots in Morse theory. The most general version goes as follows. Fix an integer $n\geq 2$. Suppose that we have ...

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### Singularities in minimal surfaces [closed]

There is a theorem by Jean Taylor that says that an almost minimal set in $\mathbb{R}^3$ can be locally parametrize by the only three possible minimal cones in $\mathbb{R}^3$, the plane, an $Y$ times ...

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### Negatively curved metrics minimizing the length of a homotopy class of simple closed curves

Good afternoon everyone !
I have the following question of Riemannian geometry :
Let $M$ be a smooth closed orientable manifold of dimension at least $3$, and let $\mathcal{T} = \{ $ smooth ...

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### Is there a global obstruction for a diffeomorphism to be an isometry?

Let $V$ be a finite dimensional vector space.
Let us call an automorphism $T:V\rightarrow V$ admissible if there exists an inner product $\langle , \rangle$ on $V$ making $T$ an isometry.
We know $T$...

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### Self-contained book on Ricci Flow/Geometric Analysis

Can someone please tell me whether there is any self-contained book on Geometric Analysis/Ricci Flow/analytic techniques used in Riemannian Geometry? By self-contained I mean it does not assume that ...

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### Spectrum of the Laplacian on p-forms on the sphere

In this paper the authors give an explicit description of the eigenforms and spectrum of the Laplacian acting on $p$-forms on the round sphere $S^n$, apparently citing an unpublished computation of ...

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### Alexandrov spaces of constant curvature

Let $X$ be locally compact Alexandrov space whose curvature satisfies both inequalities $\geq K$ and $\leq K$. What can be said about such a space? Is it locally isometric to the standard Riemannian ...

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### Existence of shortest paths in complete Alexandrov spaces

Let $X$ be complete finite dimensional Alexandrov space with curvature bounded from below. Is it true that any two points can be connected by a shortest path? If this is not true in general, it it ...

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### Rigorous justification that overdetermined systems do not have a solution

There is the following well known and very useful heuristic principle: Assume one has a natural map from the space of $k$-tuples of functions in $n$ variables into the space of $K$-tuples of functions ...

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### Closed geodesics in free smooth loop space?

I know very little about these subjects, so I apologise if this is a naive line of inquiry:
Let $M$ be a smooth $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold. I understand that it is possible to construct an ...

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### Products between metrics in a product of manifolds

In the "Einstein Manifold" book written by Arthur Besse, chapter 16, there is a notation of a manifold composed by the Cartesian product between two others:
$(M_1\times M_2, f^p(g_1 \times g_2))$
...

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### Equations satisfied by the Riemann curvature tensor

It is well known that the Riemann curvature tensor of a metric satisfies
\begin{eqnarray}
R_{jikl}=-R_{ijkl}=R_{ijlk},(1)\\
R_{klij}=R_{ijkl},(2)\\
R_{i[jkl]}=0 \mbox{(1st Bianchi identity)}.(3)
\end{...

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### Two questions on topological and geometric structure of projections in a simple $C^{*}$ algebra

Let $A$ be a simple $C^{*}$ algebra. Assume that the space of projections has a connected component homeomorphic to the complex Grassmanian $G(k,n)$. Is it true to say that, for all $k'<k$, the ...

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### Classification of natural invariants of Riemannian structures

Before I formulate my question, let me remind P. B. Gilkey's characterization of Pontryagin forms,following the paper "On the heat equation and the index theorem" by Atiyah, Bott, Patodi.
By ...

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### *The* open problem in General Relativity?

Q. Is there a single, clear mathematical question that has emerged as
the open problem in General Relativity?
I ask this on the ~100th anniversary of Einstein's (4-page!) 1915 paper,
"Die ...

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### Equivariant Harmonic Maps to R-tree and Korevaar-Schoen Convergence

Thank you for spending time on the following question.
I am trying to make an explicit example of Korevaar-Schoen convergence. The problem I am facing is that I cannot find the limit of the harmonic ...

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### Shortest paths in Alexandrov spaces

Let $X$ be an Alexandrov space with curvature bounded from below (if necessary, $X$ might be assumed to be finite dimensional or even compact).
Question 1. Is it true that every point of $X$ has a ...

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### Lower boundedness of the Ricci curvature [closed]

I know that this is going to be slightly vague, but it's itching me: why is lower boundedness of the Ricci curvature required by some of the very important theorems in Riemannian geometry? The ...

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### Finitely generated projective modules over the algebra of sections of the Clifford bundle

Consider a (pseudo-)Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ and the corresponding Clifford bundle $Cl_g(T^*M)$. Let $R$ be the algebra of sections of $CL_g(T^*M)$, with point-wise multiplication. What are the ...