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### Relation between Harmonic vector field and Harmonic 1-form

Definition 1: A unit vector field $X$ side to be harmonic if it is critical point for the following energy function
$$E(X)=\frac{1}{2}\int_M\|dX\|^2dvol_g=\frac{m}{2}vol(M,g)+\int_M\|\nabla ...

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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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### Gromov-Hausdorff limits of 2-dimensional Riemannian surfaces

Let $\{M_i\}$ be a sequence of 2-dimensional orientable closed surfaces of genus $g$ with smooth Riemannian metrics with the Gauss curvature at least $-1$ and diameter at most $D$. By the Gromov ...

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### How to investigate the harmonocity of holomorphic vector fields?

Let $(M,g,J)$ be a Kahler manifold and $\nabla$ be its Levi-Civita connection. We know that $\Delta _gX=||\nabla X||^2X$ is the characterizing equation for harmonic unit vector fields.
I dont know ...

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### Dimension of curvature invariants

EDIT: Let $V$ be a Euclidean space and let $O(V)$ denotes its orthogonal group.
Let $K(V)\subset Sym^2(\wedge^2(V))$ denote the subspace of curvature tensors, i.e. the subspace of elements satisfying ...

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### References for metrics in matrix groups

I am studying a very concrete matrix group with a riemaniann (right invariant) metric for solving a question on Applied Math. I need explicit formulas for the distance between two matrices, geodesics ...

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### Converse to Lichnerowicz Vanishing Theorem?

The Lichnerowicz vanishing theorem says that if on a compact 4-dimensional spin manifold there exists a metric whose scalar curvature $R>0$, then there are no harmonic spinors; $$D\psi=0 \implies ...

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### Is there any open Ricci-flat ALE 4-manifold other than Hyper-Kahler ALE 4-manifolds?

Concerning my previous question Non simply connected HyperKähler 4-manifolds without ALE metrics the following question occurred to me:
Is there any open Ricci-flat ALE 4-manifold other than ...

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### On the curvature tensor with certain conditions

Let $(M^{n+m},g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and let $\lbrace X_1,...,X_n,Y_1,...,Y_m\rbrace $ be a locally orthonormal frame for $M$($3\leq n,m$).
If we suppose the curvature tensor $R$ of $g$ ...

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### Index of Modified Dirac Operator

Let's say we have an oriented compact 4-d Riemannian spin manifold $(M,g)$. Everybody who's anybody has heard about the index of the Dirac operator $D: S^+\rightarrow S-$; it's the $\hat{A}$-genus, ...

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### A careful roadtrip from locally symmetric spaces to algebra

I'm trying to break the classification of locally riemannian symmetric spaces to little steps to make it more comprehensible (and s.t. the technical details can be verified without drowning ...

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### Harmonicity on semisimple groups

I asked this on Math.SE and got no answer, so I'll try my luck here.
Let $G$ be a semisimple real Lie group, $U(\mathfrak{g})$ its universal enveloping algebra, let $\Omega$ be the Casimir element in ...

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### Compact manifolds locally bi-Lipschitz to Euclidean space

I have a compact manifold $M$, and I am allowed to choose some Riemannian metric on it, exactly which I don't care. But I would love it if I could choose the metric $g$ such that every point has an ...

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### Tameness in $\mathbb{R}^{n^2}$ of the subset consisting of matrices of positive determinant

The Lie group $GL(n)$ being a manifold is locally path-connected. Consider its connected component of the identity $C\subseteq\mathbb{R}^{n^2}$. What is a good way of showing that $C$ is a tame ...

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### Is there a smooth manifold which admits only rigid metrics?

Does there exist a (finite dimensional) smooth manifold $M$, such that every Riemannian metric on $M$ has no isometries except the identity?
Of course, such a manifold must not admit a diffeomorphism ...

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### Nonstandard support function for the Busemann function

Let $(M,g)$ be an $n$-dimensional complete Riemannian manifold.
Assume that $M$ contains a ray $\gamma : [0, \infty) \to \mathbb{R}$. Let $b_\gamma$ be the associated Busemann function, i.e.,
$$
...

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### Harmonic functions in tempered distribution sense

Suppose $g$ is a metric on $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $\Omega \subset\subset \mathbb{R}^3$. We assume that $g$ is euclidean outside $\Omega$.
My question concerns solutions to $\triangle_g u =0$ that are say ...

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### How isometric action on Riemannian manifold acts on cut locus

Assume that $M$ is a simply connected closed Riemannian manifold with no boundary and nonnegative sectional curvaure Assume that ${\bf Z}_n=(g),\ n\geq 3$ acts on $M$ isometrically. Then if $gx=x$, ...

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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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### Short examples that are/are not quantum-ergodic

Are there any considerably short examples of manifolds that are/aren't quantum ergodic, or quantum unique ergodic?
Note that a (compact) Riemannian manifold is said to be quantum ergodic if ...

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### Are square tiled surfaces dense in the moduli space of translation surfaces?

I'm reading the survey "An introduction to Veech surfaces" by Pascal Hubert and Thomas Schmidt.
At page 19 they state "In any fixed stratum, the set of square-tiled surfaces of that stratum is ...

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### how to define the injectivity radius of manifolds with boundary?

For manifolds without boundary one defines the injectivity radius as the maximal radius where the exponential map is a diffeomorphism. One can then show that the injectivity radius is the maximum ...

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### Zariski open set in orthogonal grassmanian [closed]

I am confused about the following question.
Consider $\mathbb C^4$ endowed with nondegenerate symmetric bilinear form ...

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### Is Fano Kahler surface with reverse orientation also Kahler?

In particular, do Fano Kahler surfaces with reverse orientation admit Kahler-Einstein metrics?

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### Harmonic function with injective boundary conditions is an immersion?

Let $(M,g)$ be an $n$-dimensional, connected, compact Riemannian manifold with boundary. Assume we are given an immersion $f:M \to \mathbb{R}^n$. (i.e $df$ is invertible at every point $p \in M$, note ...

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### When is a Riemannian metric equivalent to the flat metric on $\mathbb R^n$?

I'm looking for an easily-checked, local condition on an $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold to determine whether small neighborhoods are isometric to neighborhoods in $\mathbb R^n$. For example, for ...

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### isometric action on the $n$-sphere

Let $S^n$ be the $n$-sphere. If $n=2k+1$ is odd, then we can identify $S^n$ as a subset of $\mathbb{C}^{k+1}$. We define the $S^1$ action on $S^n$ by multiplication, namely
$$ \Psi \colon S^1 \times ...

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### coisotropic action on $TS^{2n+1}$

Let $S^{2n+1}$ be the $m$-dimensional sphere in $\mathbb{C}^{n+1}$. Endow $S^{2n+1}$ with the standard metric. Let $S^1$ act by multiplication on $S^{2n+1}$. Then $S^1$ and the canonical action of ...

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### Characterizing left invariant and right-$O_n$ invariant distances on $GL_n$

Consider the group $GL_n(\mathbb{R})$ with its standard topology.
It is not hard to show that there exists Riemannian metrics on it which are left-$GL_n$ and right-$O_n$ invariant. (In fact it's ...

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### A problem of defining addition in a Quotient space

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be the space of all parametric curves $x:[0,1]\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^2$. Let the set of all re-parameterizations of curves is $\Gamma = \{\gamma : [0, 1] \rightarrow [0, 1]| \gamma ...

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### co-dimension one minimizing verifolds

It is known that a minimizing co-dimension verifolds within a manifold may need to be singular. I think a famous example first partially analyzed by Jim Simons is the cone on in the 8-ball of the ...

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### Is $\mathbb{P}T^*M$ a sub-Riemannian manifold if $M$ is Riemannian?

(this question is about a particular aspect of a previous question, which was not duly stressed)
Let $(M,g)$ a Riemannian $n$-dimensional manifold, and let
$$
\widetilde{M}:=\mathbb{P}T^*M
$$
be the ...

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### Willmore functional

Let $(M^2,g)$ and $(\bar{M},\bar{g})$ be two Riemannian manifolds. Suppose that $\mathcal{W}$ is the Willmore functional on the set of immersion functions from $M^2$ to $\bar{M}$.
We know that ...

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### Distance comparison in submanifold versus in the underlying manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be the (underlying) manifold, $(S,g|)$ be a submanifold. Let $a,b,c \in S$. It's not in general true that $d_M(a,b)\leq d_M(a,c) \implies d_S(a,b)\leq d_S(a,c)$.
QUESTION I:
The above ...

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### When are the minimizing geodesics of a totally geodesic submanifold also minimizing in the underlying manifold? [duplicate]

Also asked here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1725787/when-are-the-minimizing-geodesics-of-a-totally-geodesic-submanifold-also-minimiz
A reference on totally geodesic submanifold (TGS):
...

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### Riemannian metric on a level set of a smooth function on a manifold

Also asked here: http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1725491/riemannian-metric-on-a-level-set-of-a-smooth-function-on-a-manifold
Let $(M,g)$ be a finite or infinite dimensional Riemannian ...

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### Just how close can two manifolds be in the Gromov-Hausdorff distance?

Suppose that we have two compact Riemannian manifolds $(M,g)$ and $(N,h)$. Define the Gromov-Hausdorff distance between them in your favorite way, I'll use the infimum of all $\epsilon$ such that ...

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### Applying Cheeger and Colding segment inequality

The question turns out quite long and maybe a bit vague, I apologize in advance for that.
I am currently trying to understand Cheeger and Colding proof of the almost splitting theorem. Currently ...

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### Criterion for deciding the conformal class of a metric on a complete surface

For orientable closed Riemannian surfaces $(S,g)$, there is a constant curvature metric $\overline{g}$ on $S$ that is conformal to $g$ in the sense that $\overline{g} = e^ug$ for some smooth function ...

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### Different complexifications of a real analytic Riemannian manifold

I have a question concerning the complexification of a real analytic Riemannian manifold. Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian manifold. It is a well known fact that in a neighbourhood $U$ of the zero ...

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### On the complexification of a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and $TM$ be its tangent bundle. If we suppose $TM\otimes\mathbb{C}$ is the complexification of $TM$ then how can we define a natural metric on the complex bundle ...

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### Introductory text on Riemannian geometry

I have studied differential geometry, and am looking for basic introductory texts on Riemannian geometry. My target is eventually Kähler geometry, but certain topics like geodesics, curvature, ...

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### Finding a specific Global Smooth Function

Any help with this problem would be appreciated. Thanks
Suppose $(M^3,g)$ is a smooth compact Riemannian manifold with smooth boundary and $\gamma$ is a simple smooth orientable curve in $M$. Does ...

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### Invariant Lagrangians of a connection and its derivatives: how do they look like?

Let
$$
L=L(\Gamma,\partial\Gamma,\ldots,\partial^n\Gamma)
$$
be a Lagrangian depending on a linear symmetric connection $\Gamma$ on the tangent space of a manifold $M$ together with its derivatives up ...

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### Generalized Isotropic almost complex structures

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold, $TM$ it's tangent bundle, $\mathcal{H}TM$ be the horizontal sub-space of $TTM$ with respect to $g$, $\mathcal{V}TM$ be the vertical sub-space of $TTM$ and $K$ be ...

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### On Eigenspace of a Bundle Map which is the horizontal part of a complex structure on $TM$

Let $(M^{n+m},g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and let $\mathcal{H}(TM) \subseteq TTM$ be the horizontal space associated to the Levi-Civita connection of $g$. Let $\bar{J} : TTM \longrightarrow ...

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### Projection of geodesic is geodesic

Background : If a compact Riemannian manifold $M$ with a no curvature condition has disjoint two submanifolds $N_i$, then the distance between them is attained by some minimizing geodesic $c$.
If ...

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### Some manifold which is not totally geodesic in a compact manifold

(1) If $N^k$ is a submanifold in a compact Riemannian manifold $M^{k+m},\ m\geq 1$ s.t. each $p\in N$ has the following property : There exists independent set $\{ X_i\}_{i=1}^k$ tangent to $T_pN$ ...

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### Foliation by Umbilic Surfaces

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a simply connected 3 dimensional Riemannian Manifold which is a foliation by Umbilic surfaces.
Can I make the claim that there exists a coordinate system $(x_1,x_2,x_3)$ in which ...

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### Well-known name for a certain connection

Have $X \subset \mathbb{R}^3$ be a smoothly embedded surface. Then we try to define a connection on the tangent bundle $TX$ as follows. The tangent space $T\mathbb{R}^3$ is naturally a trivial ...