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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Do geodesics in SL2R map to geodesics in the hyperbolic plane?

I am looking for a reference/proof/disproof of the following statement. Equip the Lie group $SL_2(\mathbb{R})$ with the left-invariant Riemannian metric, whichis given on the Lie algebra by $\langle ...
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Existence, uniqueness, and smoothness of a solution to a first order PDE on Riemannian M

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be an $n$-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold, and let $\mathcal{A} \subset \mathcal{M}$ be an $n$-dimensional Riemannian submanifold. I wish to determine the local existence, ...
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The integral of torsion

I found the following * exercise (exercise *9) in page 407 of the book of Do Carmo "Differential geometry of curves and surfaces". This problem is a classical theorem which is referenced in the book ...
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A consequenc of a Lie group act on a Riemannian manifold by isometry

I am learning differential geometry for using this topic in my research. I am stuck to prove following Result which I got in a article. Formulation: Let $ f: [0, 1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$ be a ...
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Dilatation of surface diffeomorphisms

Let $S$ be a higher genus surface, let $f\colon S\to S$ be a diffeomorphism and let $f_*\colon H_1(M)\to H_1(M)$ be the induced homology automorphism. Define dilatation of $f_*$ as the largest ...
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Classification of spherical polygons

I need some sort of classification (up to isometry) of spherical polygons (i.e. polygons in $\mathbb{S}^2$ whose edges are given by geodesics) subject to the interior angles and the perimeter of the ...
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Continuous family of constant scalar curvature metrics

The question is as follows: Does there exist an example of a (continuous) family of metrics $g_t$ on a compact manifold such that the following properties hold? All metrics $g_t$ have constant ...
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Is the heat kernel more spread out with a smaller metric?

Suppose M is a smooth manifold, and we have two Riemannian metrics on M, say g and h, with g bigger than h (i.e. for every tangent vector at every point, the norm according to g is bigger than the ...
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Is the on-diagonal heat kernel “local” with respect to the metric?

Question Let $X$ be a manifold, and $\mu_A$, $\mu_B$ two Riemannian metric on it which agree on an open subset $U\subset X$, i.e. $\mu_{A\,|U} = \mu_{B\,|U}$. Let $K_A(t;z,w)$ resp. $K_B(t;z,w)$ be ...
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Frobenius condition

Suppose X and Y are two unit length vector fields on a Riemannian manifold which are orthogonal at each point. Is it true that the lie bracket of X, Y belongs to the span of the vector fields at each ...
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Relationship between Laplacian and Hessian on compact Lie groups

If $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is smooth and compactly supported, one has $$\int |\Delta f(\mathbf{x})|^2\,d\mathbf{x} = \int \| Hf(\mathbf{x}) \|_F^2\,d\mathbf{x}\,,$$ where $\Delta$ ...
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Green's operator of elliptic differential operator

Let $P:\Gamma(E)\rightarrow\Gamma(F)$ be an elliptic partial differential operator, with index $=0$ and closed image of codimension $=1$, between spaces $\Gamma(E)$ and $\Gamma(F)$ of smooth sections ...
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Sectional curvature as a Hamiltonian on the Grassmanization of the tangent bundle

Edit: According to the comments to the previous version of this question, I remove my essential errors in the question. I thank the commenters very much. Let $M$ be a n dimensional manifold. ...
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Complex transport equation

Consider an n dimensional Riemannian manifold with boundary. Let $\Phi$ be a complex valued smooth function defined in M. Does there exist a NONE VANISHING complex valued function $u$ that solves the ...
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Evolution of local oscillation of scalar curvature under Ricci flow

I apologize in advance if the question will turn out to have an obvious answer but my knowledge of Ricci flow is quite limited. Let $(M,g)$ be a smooth compact Riemannian manifold. I denote by $d_{g}$ ...
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Surfaces with specific types of second fundamental form

Given a three dimensional Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ and a surface $\Sigma \subset M$ can one categorize surfaces where the second fundamental form of $\Sigma$ is a scalar multiple of the induced ...
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New setting for tensor definition

This is the standard definition for a tensor in a smooth manifold (Nakahara, for example): But while reading Salamon's Riemannian Geometry and Holonomy Groups I have found this rather different ...
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Frobenius Condition for a specific first order pde

I would appreciate it if Someone would be kind enough to share some insights about the following question: Suppose $(M,g)$ is a 3 dimensional Riemannian manifold. Consider the following system of ...
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Determining a surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ by its Gaussian curvature

A curve in the plane is determined, up to orientation-preserving Euclidean motions, by its curvature function, $\kappa(s)$. Here is one of my favorite examples, from Alfred Gray's book, Modern ...
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metric on ${\bf SPD}_n({\mathbb R})$

The cone ${\bf SPD}_n({\mathbb R})$ of symmetric positive definite matrices is endowed with a nice geometrical structure. The midpoint of the (unique) geodesic between $A$ and $B$ is the so-called ...
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Formula for the Perimeter of a spherical triangle?

Consider the ordinary sphere $\mathbb{S}^2\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ and a spherical triangle $T\subset \mathbb{S}^2.$ I'm looking for a formula from which the perimeter $P$ of $T$ is "computable" given ...
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Poincare-like inequality on compact Riemannian manifolds

I am looking for a Poincare Inequality on balls but instead of euclidean space, I have a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary. The inequality I am looking for is the equivalent of $$ ...
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Isothermal-related functions in higher dimensions

I am interested in getting some geometrical or analytical perspective in studing the following complex pde. I would appreciate any help. Consider $ (M,g)$ to be a 3 dimensional Riemannian manifold ...
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Minimal surfaces + Semi-Geodesic Coordinates

Let $(M,g)$ be a three dimensional smooth Riemannian manifold and suppose that $\Gamma$ is an embedded minimal surface in $M$. Define the Fermi or semigeodesic coordinates around this surface through ...
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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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Obstructions for existence of a Riemannian metric such that a given function is harmonic

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^{n}\to \mathbb{R}$ be a smooth function. What type of obstructions exist for existence of a Riemannian metric $g$ on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ such that $f$ is a harmonic ...
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Handle body of 3-manifold with boundary

We know from Morse theory that smooth manifold(with or without boundary) is a handlebody. However, I found a paper "Three-dimensional manifolds with boundary of nonnegative Ricci curvature" by Ananov, ...
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Averaging maps of Riemannian manifolds

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold. We know how to average functions $f\colon M\to {\mathbb R}$; the integral $\frac{\int_M f}{\int_M 1}$ returns a value in ${\mathbb R}$. If intead $f\colon ...
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How large can you draw an island on a map?

A cartographer friend asked me this question: could you classify (shapes of) islands by how much space they occupy on a map (comparatively to how much space is occupied by water) if you draw them as ...
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Flat manifolds and irreducible representations

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold with vanishing curvature of Levi-Civita connection. Such manifolds were classified by Bieberbach; sometimes they are called Bieberbach manifolds. According to ...
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Bi-Lipschitz classification of germs of conformal metrics at a singularity

First let me introduce some definitions. By a germ of conformal metrics at a singularity, or simply a germ, I mean a conformal Riemannian metric $g$ defined on a punctured neighborhood $U$ of $0$ in ...
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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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Isometries of hyper-Kähler manifolds

For the purposes of this question, a hyper-Kähler manifold will be a complete connected Riemannian manifold $(\mathcal{M},g)$ whose holonomy representation is isomorphic to the natural representation ...
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Divergence invariant lifting of a vector field via a submersion

What is an example of a smooth submersion $P:S^{3}\to S^{2}$ for which the following statment is Not true: For every vector field $X$ on $S^{2}$ there is a non vanishing vector field ...
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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 ...
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Synthetic vs. classical differential geometry

To provide context, I'm a differential geometry grad student from a physics background. I know some category theory (at the level of Simmons) and differential and Riemannian geometry (at the level of ...
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Gaussian Curvature of Exponentiated 2-Planes

Consider a Riemannian manifold $M$ with sectional curvatures $K\ge 0$ and let $\Pi$ be a 2-plane in the tangent space of $M$ at a point $p$. In a small enough neighborhood $U$ of 0 the exponential map ...
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Green's function and eigenvalues with multiplicity

Green's function of a differential operator contains a lot of information of that operator. In particular, if we have a differential operator on a compact manifold with discrete spectrum, then Green's ...
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Why does Hodge decomposition fail in the pseudo-Riemannian case?

Why does Hodge decomposition fail in the pseudo-Riemannian case? Does there exist a special class of pseudo-Riemannian manifolds for which it does not fail, for example Lie groups?
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Number of disjoint simple closed geodesics

According to Jairo comment on the first version of this question I revise the question as follows; Let $g$ be a real analytic Riemannan metric on $S^{2}$. Is it true to say that: There are at most a ...
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Thurston geometries in dimension 4

In the sense of W. Thurston here, there is 3 geometries in dimension 2 and there is 8 geometries in dimension 3. Question: How many different geometries (in the sense of Thurston) do we have in ...
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Can simply or not simply connected maximally symmetric (Semi-)Riemannian manifold be completely classified?

A m-dimensional completed and connected (Semi-)Riemannian manifold which has $m(m+1)/2$ independent global Killing vector fields is called maximally symmetric space. Then what are all possibilities ...
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Does this squared distance functional have a unique critical point on geodesically convex manifolds?

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold with distance function $d$, $C \subset M$ a geodesically convex set, $a=(a_i)_{i=1}^n \in C^n$, $W \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq 0}^{n \times n}$ and $J\colon C^n \rightarrow ...
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Question on a paper of Schoen and Yau

I am trying to understand the paper "Conformally flat manifolds, Kleinian groups and scalar curvature" by Schoen and Yau. In P.56, it says: This implies that $\partial M$ has a zero $q$-capacity, ...
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Is there some Riemannian manifold's version of Whitney theorem?

Given any Riemannian or Semi-Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$, does there exist a Eucildean space $(E,g^\prime)$ of enough high dimension with metric $g^\prime=diag\{-1,-1,...,+1,+1,...\}$ with any n ...
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Riemann's formula for the metric in a normal neighborhood

I would love to understand the famous formula $g_{ij}(x) = \delta_{ij} + \frac{1}{3}R_{kijl}x^kx^l +O(||x||^3)$, which is valid in Riemannian normal coordinates and possibly more general situations. ...
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When is the Riemannian manifold $\mathbb{R}^n$ complete as a metric space with respect to the Riemannian distance?

Consider the Riemannian manifold $\mathbb{R}^n$ and a smooth Riemannian metric $G:\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^{n\times{n}}$. What is the minimum assumption on $G$ such that the manifold ...
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A metric on $S^{2}$ [closed]

Edit:Can this new version of this question be answered with the method of same comments to the previous version? Let $p:S^{3}\to S^{2}$ be the Hopf fibration $p(z,w)= (\parallel ...
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Surface with bounded torsion propery [closed]

Let $S$ be a surface in $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ with the following property: There is a uniform constant $M$ such that for every Frenet curve $\gamma(t)$, contained in $S$, $| \tau(t) | \leq M$, for all ...
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Uniqueness of scalar curvature

I'm reading Gromov's notes http://www.ihes.fr/~gromov/topics/SpacesandQuestions.pdf and at page 7 they say that there is a unique second order differential operator $S$ from the space of Riemannian ...