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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geodesics on $G/K$ which are not the orbits of a 1-parameter subgroup of $G$

Let $G$ be Lie group and $K \subset G$ a closed subgroup, such that there exists a $v \in T(G/K)$ whose isotropy-group $G_v$ is discrete (so iff $\dim G_v =0$). Now we endow $G/K$ with a ...
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Mean curvature and submanifold

Consider $S^{N-1}$ the unit sphere and let us focus our attention on the cap $$ G=S^{N-1}\cap\{x_N>0\} $$ with boundary $\partial G= S^{N-2}\times\{0\}$: it is quite obvious to see that $G$ is a ...
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Does a Kähler manifold always admit a complete Kähler metric?

Every smooth manifold admits a complete Riemannian metric. In fact, every Riemannian metric is conformal to a complete Riemannian metric, see this note. What about in the Kähler case? Does a ...
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Smoothing of the distance function on a Riemannian manifold

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a complete Riemannian manifold. $p\in M$ is a fixed point. $d_{p}(X)$ is the distance function defined by $p$ on M (i.e., $d_p(x)$=the distance between $p$ and $x$). Let ...
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Geometrically-explicit upper bound for on-diagonal heat kernel

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold, and $K(t;z,w)$ the heat kernel associated to the usual Laplace-Beltrami operator on functions. There are results of the form $$K(t;z,z) \leq ...
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Heat equation's solution on closed manifolds

Let $\rm(M,g_0)$ be a closed Riemannian manifold and let $(g(t),\phi(t))$ is the solution of the so-called List's flow, i.e. the following system of equations $$\left\{\begin{array}{11} ...
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Are induced Riemannian metrics weakly continuous?

Let $\Omega \subseteq \mathbb{R}^d$ a nice bounded domain. Let $F_n:\Omega \to \mathbb{R}^D$ be a sequence of smooth embeddings* in $W^{1,p}(\Omega,\mathbb{R}^D)$. Assume $F_n \rightharpoonup F$ in ...
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The “Rolle theorem” for sections of a vector bundle

1) Assume that $E\to M$ is a smooth real vector bundle and $\nabla$ is a connection. (We do not assume any metric compatibility since we do not fix a metric on $E$). Assume that ...
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Unexpected regularity of the distance from a $C^2$ submanifold

Let $\Gamma$ be a $C^2$ compact submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider the distance function $\delta$ from $\Gamma$. It is well known that, for sufficiently small $\varepsilon>0$, $\delta$ is ...
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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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Two questions about Li-Yau-Hamilton estimate

This question is from my question on mathematics. Picture below is from 231 page . For to prove $Q\ge 0$ on $M \times (0,T)$, $(\partial_t -\Delta)Q \ge 0$ and $Q\ge 0$ are needed to prove.But I ...
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If $X$ is a compact smooth Riemannian manifold, why don't we integrate on a fundamental domain in the universal cover? [on hold]

Let $X$ be a compact connected Riemannian manifold. The metric gives a local volume form. The universal cover is orientable, and has a precompact subspace locally isometric (with the covering metric) ...
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Uniform approximation of a continuous flow by a $\mathcal{C}^1$ flow

Setup: Consider a (smooth) compact Riemannian manifold $M$, whose distance is denoted by $d$. Let $\Phi$ be a continuous flow, namely a continuous application from $\mathbb{R} \times M $ to $M$ ...
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Horizontal distribution of a totally geodesic foliation

Let $\mathbb{M}$ be a $n+m$ dimensional manifold. Consider on $\mathbb{M}$ a rank $n$ sub-bundle $\mathcal{H}$ of the tangent bundle. We assume that $\mathcal{H}$ is endowed with a fiber wise inner ...
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Conformal vector field on the sphere

Let's $\mathbb{S}^d$ be the unit sphere with it's standard metric $g$. A vector field $X \in \mathfrak{X}(\mathbb{S}^d)$ is conformal if and only if there is a function $f \in ...
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Definition of Levi-Civita connection map and a theorem about it?

Does anyone know definition of Levi-Civita connection map that defined as $K: TTM\to TM$. and how to prove the following theorem: Theorem: If $X\in\mathfrak{X}(M)$ be a vector field over $M$ and ...
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Applications of Hessian operator in the Riemann manifold. Simple samples $S_{2}(f)$

Study article R. C. Reilly is entitled Applications of Hessian operator in the Riemann manifold had a doubt in the remark, shortly after the theorem 2 of that Article. The theorem is stated as: ...
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Limit of argmin of sum

Suppose that I know $f_n\rightarrow f$ and $g_n\rightarrow g$ are both continuous maps from a Complete Riemmanian Manifold $X$ to $\mathbb{R}$ which converge pointwise almost everywhere. Then is it ...
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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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Is a harmonic function with injective boundary conditions an immersion outside a negligible set?

This question is a strengthening of this question. Let $(M,g)$ be an $n$-dimensional, connected, compact Riemannian manifold with boundary. Assume we are given an immersion $f \colon M \to ...
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Comparison of angles in Alexandrov space

Let $X$ be a finite dimensional Alexandrov space with curvature bounded below. Let $p\in X$ be a fixed point. Is it true that for any $\varepsilon >0$ there exists $\delta>0$ such that for any ...
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General Relativity and Differential Geometry intuitions of Second Bianchi Identity

In General Relativity, one uses the Riemann Tensor in its coordinate form $R_{abcd}$, and proves the Second Bianchi Identity- $R_{abcd;e} + R_{abde;c} + R_{abec;d} = 0$ It is said that ...
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Linearization of specific plane vector field

I have a vector field $v = (f(x,y), \alpha y)$, such that $f(0, 0) = 0$ and $df (0, 0) = (1, 0)$. When is smooth linearization possible and when is it not? I only see obstacles in the form like ...
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The Yamabe problem and $\phi^4$ scalar field theory?

The other day I happened to be browsing this page on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_gap In the middle of the page is the equation $$\square\phi+\lambda\phi^3=0$$ where $\square$ is the ...
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Counterexample to volume comparison inequality assuming only scalar curvature bound?

The Gromov-Bishop volume comparison theorem says that if we have a lower bound for the Ricci curvature on $(M,g)$, then its geodesic ball has volume not greater than the geodesic ball with the same ...
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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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Convergence of Riemannian metrics spectra

Consider a one-parameter real analytic family of metrics $g_t$ on a compact manifold $M$ converging to a metric $g$ in $C^k$-norm, for some $k$. It is known that the Laplace spectrum of $g_t$ will ...
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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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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 ...