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### John Nash's Legacy

It would seem that John Nash and his wife Alicia died tragically in a car accident on 5/23/15 (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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### Does anyone know how to describe the zero set of the Jacobian of injective harmonic maps in space?

For example consider the following question:
Let $\mathbb{B}^m$ be hyperbolic space and let $f
: \mathbb{B}^m \rightarrow \mathbb{B}^m$ be harmonic $K$-qc map.
Whether $f$ has critical points on ...

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### Finding Riemannian metric for this geodesic

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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### Estimation of connection ignoring the inverse parallel transport in manifolds open in Euclidean space [on hold]

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold, with parallel transport $P_{t_1,t_2}$ from time $t_1$ to time $t_2$. We know that, along a curve $c$:
$$ \nabla_{c} V(t)= lim_{h\to 0} ...

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### Riemann isometry vs Euclidean bi-Lipschitz mapping

Assume that $\gamma$ is a rectifiable Jordan curve in the complex plane of length $2\pi$. Then there exists a Riemann isometry $f$ between $\gamma$ and the unit circle $T$. My question is, does this ...

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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? [on hold]

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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### 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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### 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 ...

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### Intrinsic definition of arc length [on hold]

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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Riemann curvature of $S^1$-principal bundle

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and $\pi:P \to M$ be $S^1$- principal fiber bundle endowed with a connection $\Gamma$. For every $p\in P$ we have,
$$T_pP \simeq T_pV\oplus\Gamma_p$$
Where $V$ ...

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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 ...

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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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### 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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### What kinds of manifolds admit concave boundary?

We can find many examples of smooth Riemannian manifolds with boundaries whose boundaries are convex. But it seems to me I know no any example of smooth Riemannian manifold with concave boundary. So ...

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### Gromov's defenition of Content of Ball

Let $B(p, R)$ denote the metric ball of radius $R$ centered at $p$ in a manifold.
Then Gromov defined the content of the ball by
$$Cont(B(p,R))=rank(H_*(B(p, R/5))\to H_*(B(p,R)))
$$
and he remark ...

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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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### 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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### 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 ...

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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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### 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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### Curvature and Parallel Transport

Here is an updated formulation of the question, which is more precise and I think completely correct:
Suppose $M$ is a Riemannian manifold. Pick a point $p$ in $M$ and let $U$ be a neighborhood of ...

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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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### 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 ...

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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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### 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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### Control of the metric in isothermal coordinates

Suppose you have a riemannian surface $(\Sigma,g)$, and an open simply-connected set $U \subset \Sigma$. You know that you can find isothermal coordinates - that is a map $\varphi : U \rightarrow D$ ...

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### Kernel of Bianchi operator: Is a (smooth tame) Frechet manifold?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact manifold, $\mathcal{S}=\Gamma(\odot^2T^*M)$ the smooth tame Frechet space of smooth symmetric $2$-covariant tensors, and $\mathcal{M}=\Gamma(\odot^2_+T^*M)$ the smooth tame ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Is the structure constant additive on connected components?

This is the reanimation of a question which already got an answer, that I did not fully understand. Coming back to it, after let it sit in a corner for some time, I keep not getting the point. I would ...

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### When can a Connection Induce a Riemannian Metric for which it is the Levi-Civita Connection?

As we all know, for a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$, there exists a unique torsion free connection $\nabla_g$, the Levi-Civita connection, that is compatible witht metric.
I was wondering if one can ...

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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)
...

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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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### Characterization of locally conformally flat manifolds: strange application of Frobenius theorem

(Crossposted from math.SE because of the lack of replies)
In Hamilton's Ricci Flow (by Chow, Lu, Ni, pp. 29-31, see here) they show that a Riemannian manifold $(M^n,g)$ is locally conformally flat ...

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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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### *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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### 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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### “Gross-Zagier” formulae outside of number theory

The Gross-Zagier formula and various variations of it form the starting point in most of the existing results towards the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture. It relates the value at $1$ of the ...