Smooth manifolds and smooth functions between them. For manifolds with additional structure, see more specific tags, such as [riemannian-geometry]. For more topological aspects, see [differential-topology].

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Closed 4-manifolds with uncountably many differentiable structures

I know that $\mathbb{R}^4$ admits uncountably many differentiable structures and I was wandering what happen if we consider closed 4-manifolds. Are there any closed 4-manifolds with uncountably many ...
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Homotopy spheres with vanishing and non-vanishing $\alpha$-invariant

I'm unsure whether this question is appropriate for mathoverflow, so feel free to criticize. All manifolds are closed, smooth and have dimensions $n\ge 5$. The Atiyah-Shapiro-Bott-Orientation gives ...
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When does a cobordism factorize the sphere?

Let $W: \emptyset \Rightarrow M$ be a smooth cobordism from $\emptyset$ to a smooth closed $n$-manifold $M$. Are there reasonably simple conditions on $W$ which guarantee the existence of another ...
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Smooth function over a manifold into an algebra

Let $M$ be a manifold and $A$ a $*$-algebra. Does is hold that $$C^{\infty}(M,A) \cong C^{\infty}(M) \otimes A$$ where the RHS means that you take smooth functions which map into $A$. If this holds, ...
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Foliation of the tangent bundle of $n$-sphere

Is there a smooth $n$-dimensional foliation of $TS^{n}$,( here $n\neq1,3,7$) such that the zero section be a leaf of this foliation?
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Homotopy groups of spaces of embeddings

Let $\mathrm{Emb}(M, N)$ be the space of smooth embeddings of a closed manifold $M$ into a manifold $N$ equipped with smooth compact-open topology. Question 1. Are there conditions ensuring that ...
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“Naïve”cobordism?

The naive view of (say, complex) cobordism of a space $X$ is that it should be the group generated by continuous families of closed manifolds parametrized by $X$. Acting even more naively, one may try ...
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Is the space of smooth functions with compact support a DF space?

Is there a good criterion, when a (nuclear) LF space is DF (DFN)? What are references to find out about that? If not, is there a known way, to construct a projective resolution of LF spaces? Prosmans ...
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Strictly Convex Smoothing of a function defined on an affine manifold

A function defined on an interval is strongly convex if it has positive definite second derivative. A function on an affine manifold is strongly convex if its restriction to each line is. An affine ...
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The group of diffeomorphisms with compact support

Let $M$ be a topological/differentiable manifold. Is there any topology on the group of homeomorphisms/diffeomorphisms with compact support, turning it into a (locally-)compact topological group? (My ...
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A multilinear question and its smooth version

Let $E$ and $F$ be two finite dimensional vector spaces. For every $k\in \mathbb{N}$, $E^{k}$ has a natural vector space structure and is isomorphic to $E\otimes \mathbb{R}^{k}$, in a natural way. ...
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A special type of transitivity

Let $M$ be a smooth orientable manifold with volume form $\Omega$. Fix two pints $x,y \in M$. Put $A$=all volume preserving diffeomorphism of M which maps $x$ to $y$. Define $B$=All linear volume ...
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smoothing a current

Let $M$ be a smooth oriented manifold of dimension $n$ and $T$ a current of dimension $k$ on $M$. Let $\phi:P\times M \to M$ be a proper smooth family of diffeomorphisms of $M$ (i.e. $P$ is a smooth ...
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Dimension of a set detected by a homology class

A colleague asked me a topology question which comes down to this: Suppose that $M$ is a smooth $n$-manifold, and $C\subset M$ is a closed set such that $H_{n-p}(M-C)\to H_{n-p}(M)$ is not surjective. ...
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Finite limits in the category of smooth manifolds?

The category of smooth manifolds does not have all finite limits. However, it does have some limits: it has finite products, it has splittings of idempotents, and it has certain other limits if we ...
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Compactly supported cohomology of homotopy equivalent manifolds

Are there examples of homotopy equivalent smooth, orientable manifolds $M$ and $N$ of the same dimension with non-isomorphic compactly supported cohomology rings?
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Anti_symplectic 2-forms

A two form $\alpha$ on a n- manifold $M$ is called anti symplectic if for every $x\in M$, $\{ v\in T_{x} M \mid i_{v} \alpha=0 \}$ is a $n-2$ dimensional subspace of $T_{x}M$. So we obtain a $n-2$ ...
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analytic vector bundles

Let $E$ be a real analytic vector bundle on an analytic manifold $M$. Assume that $E$, as a smooth vector bundle, is a trivial bundle. Is $E$ a trivial analytic vector bundle? I need to the ...
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Analytic version of the Cartan lemma

Assume that $\beta$ is a real analytic 2-form on an analytic manifold $M$ and $\alpha$ is an analytic non vanishing 1-form on $M$. Assume that $\beta \wedge \alpha=0$. Is there an analytic 1-form ...
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Are the mapping class groups of manifolds finitely presentable?

The mapping class group of a manifold is the group $\pi_0 Diff(M)$ of components of the diffeomorphism group. There are several variations: oriented manifolds and orientation preserving ...
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A cohomology associated to a 1- form

In this question all objects are real analytic.(manifolds, differential forms..) Assume that $M$ is a compact manifold and $\alpha \in \Omega^{1}(M)$ is a one form. We define a map ...
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Comparison of two infinite dimensional Lie Algebras

Is there an example of a real analytic (compact) manifold $M$ such that the following two lie algebras are isomorphic Lie algebras: $\chi^{\infty}(M)$, the Lie algebra of all smooth vector ...
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Lie algebraic Grassmannian

Assume that $L$ is a Lie algebra structure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$, and $1<k<n$ is given. We define $Gr(k,n)_{L}$, the space of all $k$ dimensional Lie subalgebra of $(\mathbb{R}^{n}, L)$. For ...
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A Manifold for which $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ is rich

Is there a manifold $M$ for which $\chi^{\infty} (M)$, the lie algebra of smooth vector fields on $M$ contains all finite dimensional Lie algebras(Up to isomorphism)? A weaker question: Is there a ...
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Riemann normal coordiantes and change of metric

Le $(M,g)$ be Riemannian manifold. Fix point $p\in M$. We can define the map $$\exp: U \subset T_p M \rightarrow M$$ $$\exp(X) = \gamma_{p,X}(1)$$ where $t\mapsto \gamma_{p,X}(t)$ is geodesic such ...
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Exercises around Diffeological Spaces or a Diffeologic Atlas Theory

Is there a Book or a bunch of exercises to get used to diffeological spaces from a practical point of view? It seems to me that papers on this topic are mostly concerned with their very good ...
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Question on center-stable manifold

Assume that you have a gradient system smooth enough and a fixed point $x_{0}$. Is it true that if $x_{0} \in \omega(x)$ then $\gamma^{+}(x)$ must intersect the local center-stable manifold of ...
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undergraduate handle decomposition. Reference

As the title says, I'm searching for a nice textbook for introducing the theory of handle decomposition of manifolds to undergraduate students.
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Derivation on real analytic manifolds

Let $M$ be a real analytic manifold. By $C^{\omega}(M)$ we mean the algebra of all analytic functions from $M$ to $\mathbb{R}$. Assume that $D$ is a derivation on $C^{\omega}(M)$ . Is there a ...
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Markov Partitions for toral automorphisms

I know that my question is more practical than theoretical. But, I do know where to look for the theoretical sources. I want to find a program in the case that it exists (does it?), or to program it. ...
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The boundary of a domain whose interior is diffeomorphic to the ball

We know that there are compact manifolds with diffeomorphic interiors but their boundaries are not homeomorphic (see the question Manifolds with homeomorphic interiors). My question is about a very ...
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Integration from vector bundles

Let $(E,M,p)$ be a smooth n dimensional vector bundle. Then $(TE,TM,Dp)$ is a 2n dimensional vector bundle. We restrict this bundle to $M\subset TM$. We denote this restricted bundle by $F$, as a ...
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Are these two bundles, stably equivalent?

Let $(E,M,p)$ be a n dimensinal smooth vector bundle where $M$ is a k dimensional manifold. We assign to $M$, two different vector bundles $F_{1}$ and $F_{2}$ over $M$ as follows: 1)$TE$ is a ...
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Can the monoidal structure on manifolds be strictified?

I'm asking this question purely out of curiosity. Let $\{M_\alpha\}_{\alpha\in A}$ be a collection of closed smooth manifolds, with exactly one in every diffeomorphism class of closed smooth ...
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Exponential mapping versus flow

In Hamilton's article on the Nash-Moser Theorem, he gives the map that maps a vector field $X$ to its flow $e^{tX}$ in $\mathrm{Diff}(M)$ as an example where the implicit function theorem in Frechet ...
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Reference Request: Compact manifolds with boundary have the homotopy type of a CW-complex

Let $M$ be a compact manifold (possibly non-smooth) manifold with boundary $\partial M$. Is the inclusion $\partial M\hookrightarrow M$ homotopy equivalent to the inclusion of a subcomplex into a ...
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A closed manifold with a subset with the same ring cohomology

Is there an example of a closed manifold $M$ with a proper subset $A\subset M$ such the inclusion $i:A \to M$ gives a ring isomorphism $i^{*}$ between $\mathbb{Z}$-cohomologies? In this question ...
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Is any smooth homeomorphism isotopic to a smooth embedding?

Let $f:D^m\to \mathbb{R}^m$ be a smooth map ($D^m$ is the unit ball). We call $f$ embedding if it is a homeomorphism on the image and the derivative $D_xf$ is nonsingular at each point $x\in D^m$ ...
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Foliation values of Exotic spheres

In the following question, we defined the foliation values of an smooth manifold; Foliation values of a manifold Let $S_{i}$'s, $i\in \{0,1,\ldots,27\}$, be the smooth structures of topological ...
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Foliation values of a manifold

Let $M$ be a smooth n dimensional manifold. The foliation values of $M$, denoted by $F(M)$, is defined as \begin{equation} F(M)=\{ 1\leq k\leq n\mid \text{there exist an smooth $k$ dimensional ...
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Frobenius rank of a manifold

The rank of an smooth manifold M is defined by Milnor, as follows: "The maximum number of independent commuting vector fields on M" For example it is well known that the rank of $S^{3}$ is 1 (Lima, ...
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A symplectic version of critical points

According to the interesting comment of Mohammad F Tehrani, I revise the question as follows: Assume $n>2$. For what type of compact n dimensional manifolds $M$ we can say: For every smooth ...
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A lagrangian version of the Withney theorem

Let $M$ be a smooth n dimensional manifold. Is there an smooth embedding $f:M \to \mathbb{R}^{2n}$ which image is a Lagrangian submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$?
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Fundamental proof of the baby case of Hofer's theorem about displacement energy

In 1990, Hofer proved that the displacement energy of a standard ball in $C^{n}$ equals it's Gromov area. Here is the baby case: Consider a smooth bounded function $f:R^{2}\rightarrow R$. Consider ...
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Interpolating between two points on Stiefel manifold

I'm looking for a formula to interpolate between two given matrices from the Stiefel manifold (orthogonal n by k matrices). I do not know the tangent direction, I only know the start and end points ...
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$S^n$ admit a real polarization $D\subset TS^n$?

When the $n$-sphere, $S^n$,admit a real polarization $D\subset TS^n$
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Periodic Orbit property

A topological space $X$ satisfies "Periodic orbit property", briefly POP, if for every continuous map $f:X \to X$, there exist a natural number $n$ and a point $x_{0}\in X$ such that ...
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A question on parallelizable manifolds [closed]

Let $M$ be a manifold with the property that $f^{*}(TM)$ is isomorphic to TM, for every diffeomorphism $f$ on $M$. Does this imply that $M$ is parallelizable?
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Totally non parallelizable manifold

Does there exist a manifold M which all iterated tangent bundles are non parallelizable manifolds? That is$ M, TM , T^2(M), \ldots ,T^n(M)\ldots$ are non parallelizable manifold? What is ...
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Pontryagin numbers on manifolds with an $S^1$-action

Let $M$ is a smooth compact manifold with an $S^1$-action with isolated fixed points. Suppose the representation of $S^1$ at tangent spaces at all fixed points is known. Can one then find all ...