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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Functional Calculus and Fredholm index

Let $-\Delta: W^{2,2} \subset L^2(\mathbb{S}^2) \rightarrow L^2(\mathbb{S}^2)$. Then it is "easy" to show that $-\Delta $ is self-adjoint. Now, I am looking for closed operators $T$ and $T^*$ of order ...
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Existence of a fixed-point free map in a manifold [closed]

I'm having some to proof a question. I have to show that a compact manifold that admits a nowhere vanishing smooth vector field has a smooth map fixed-point free homotopic to the identity map. I know ...
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Elementary Proof of the Uniqueness of Smooth Structures on R

Is there any 'elementary' proof of the uniqueness of smooth structures on $\mathbb{R}$? By elementary, I mean that the proof does not use any sophisticated topological machinery. In particular, I'm ...
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A vector space associated with a vector field on a symplectic manifold

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a $2n$ dimensional symplectic manifold and $X$ is a smooth vector field on $M$. Consider the following subvector space of $\chi^{\infty}(M)$: $$S(X)=\{Y\in ...
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Some quantities which definitions are (somehow) similar to the classical Divergence

Motivated by classical formulas $L_{X}=d\circ i_{X}+i_{X}\circ d$ and $L_{X} \Omega=Div(X) \Omega$ and the essential role of the diff operator $d$ in definition of divergence, we define some ...
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Co-rank of a group with $a^2b^2c^2=1$ (fundamental group of non-orientable surface)

What is the co-rank of a group $$G=\langle a_1,a_2,\dots,a_h\mid a_1^2a_2^2\dots a_h^2=1\rangle,$$ that is, finitely generated group with $h$ generators and one relation? By co-rank, I mean the ...
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Unifying Geometry for Characteristic Classes

When working with characteristic classes (more concretely Chern classes), one finds at least four essentially distinct approaches: Axiomatic Approach. See, for instance, Vector Bundles and K-Theory, ...
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Futaki invariant on $X=Bl_p(\mathbb CP^2)$ for different line bundles

Let $X$ be a projective variaty which blow up at a point $p$ , i.e, $X=Bl_p(\mathbb CP^2)$, then for the Line bundle $L=-K_X$, we have for Futaki invariant $Fut_L\neq 0$, I want to see, what about ...
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Is the space of real conics with a singular point an orientable manifold?

Consider the space of non zero real homogeneous degree $2$ polynomials in three variables upto scaling. This space is $\mathbb{R} \mathbb{P}^5$. The zero set of such a polynomial gives a real curve ...
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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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Question about the h-principle

So generally we define a differential relation to be $\mathcal{R} \subset X^{(r)}.$ In the case that $X=M\times N$ is it possible to have $\mathcal{R}=X^{(1)}$? So in this case the formal solutions ...
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Can one properly embed a differential manifold into numerical space of double dimension? [duplicate]

If $X$ is a $ C^\infty$ differential manifold of dimension $n$, then there exists an embedding $f:X\to \mathbb R^{2n+1}$. This is a not too difficult theorem due to Whitney, proved in many textbooks. ...
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Almost fixed point property

Let $X$ be a Hausdorff topological space with the following property: For every continuous function $f:X\to X$, there is a finite subset $S\neq \emptyset$ of $X$ with $F(S)\subset S$ ...
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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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A question on tangent bundle (and second tangent bundle)

Let $M$ be a $n$ dimensional manifold and $p:TM\to M$ be the projection map. Then $\ker Dp$ is a $n$ dimensional vector bundle on $TM$, as a sub bundle of $TT(M)$. For what type of manifolds, ...
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Is the unit tangent bundle of $S^{n}$ parallelizable?

Is the unit tangent bundle of $S^{n}$ a parallelizable manifold. This is motivated by the fact that $TS^{n}$ is parallelizable?
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functions which covers(good covers) manifolds

Let $M$ be a (not necessarily compact)) smooth manifold. 1.Is there a smooth map $f:M\to \mathbb{R}$ and an open covering $\mathbb{R}=\cup U_{\alpha}$ such that each $f^{-1}(U_{\alpha})$ ...
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Existence of certain “nondegenerate” function and manifold topology

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold without boundary, not necessarily compact. Let $f$ be a real-valued smooth function on $M\times M$. We say $f$ is good if for any point $(x,y)\in M\times M$ with local ...
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Free action of symmetric groups

What type of compact manifolds, can be acted freely by symmetric group $S_{m}$ for some $m>2$? Is there a compact manifold which can be act freely by all symmetric ...
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A metric associated with a continuous surjective map $f:X\to Y$

Assume that $f:(X,d_{1})\to (Y,d_{2})$ is a continuous surjective map between compact metric spaces. We define another metric $d_{f}$ on $Y$ With $$ d_{f}(y_{1},y_{2})=Hd(f^{-1}(y_{1}), ...
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The limit of edge-midpoint convex polyhedra

    Starting with a convex polyhedron $P_1 \subset \mathbb{R}^3$, replace that with $P_2$, the convex hull of the midpoints of the edges of $P_1$. Continuing this process, we obtain a ...
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Homeo-Fixed point property

Edit: According to comment of Michał Kukieła I revised the question A topological space $X$ satisfies "Homeo-fixed point" property if every homeomorphism $f$ on $X$ possess a fixed point. ...
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$n$-Fold Framed Functions

Suppose that $M$ is a manifold. One can consider a suitably constructed space of generalized framed Morse functions on $M$, let's call it $\mathrm{Fun}^\mathrm{fr}(M)$. This space is known to be ...
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Tubular neighborhoods in the proof of the Morse homology theorem

I have a question regarding the proof of the Morse homology theorem given by D. Salamon in "Morse theory, the Conley index and Floer homology". The full text can be found here: ...
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A full dim. subvector space of $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ which all non zero elements are nonvanishing vec.field

What is an example of a $n$ dimensional manifold $M$ which is not a lie group or $S^{7}$ but satisfies the following property?: There is an $n$ dimensional sub vector space ...
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Can a smooth function on a cross be extended to the whole plane?

Consider a real function on the union of two lines R×0 and 0×R in R² whose restrictions to R×0 and 0×R are smooth functions R→R. Is it possible to extend this function to a smooth function on R²? ...
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Quotes from Connes

I found the following remark by Connes HERE: "the main quality of the homotopy type of a manifold is to satisfy Poincare duality not only in ordinary homology but in K-homology with the Fredholm ...
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Cover a set with balls centered at smooth functions (Ascoli theorem)

Assume $M$ to be a compact $n$-dimensional manifold, endowed with a complete metric. Let us consider the space $C^\infty(M)$ endowed with the standard $C^\infty$ topology, i.e. generated by the ...
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Atlas of a manifold as a Sheaf

--Hopefully this question does not dublicate another-- In this question Tom Goodwillie pointed out, that the 'atlas part' of the definition of a smooth manifold can be redefined in terms of sheaves. ...
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A special Lie subalgebra

Motivated by comments of the following post A question on involutions on the Lie algebra of vector fields we ask the following question: Let $L$ be a Lie algebra. We consider the Lie subalgebra ...
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Does every compact manifold exhibit an almost global chart

Let $M$ be a compact connected manifold. Is there a chart $\Psi:U \to \mathbb{R}^n$ such that the closure of $U$ is $M$? This is true for $S^n, T^n, K$, all compact surfaces, etc. If it is not true in ...
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Is a continuous map between smoothable manifolds of the same dimension always smoothable?

(My question is inspired by this math.SE question, whose negative answer I showed by a dimension-increasing map.) Is it the case that for all smoothable manifolds $M_0$ and $M_1$ with the same ...
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A question on parallelizability

Is there a manifold $M$ such that for every $x\in M$, $M-\{x\}$ is not parallelizable but there is a finite set $S\subset M$, with $\# S>1$, such that $M-S$ is parallelizable?
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The Cauchy Problem in General Relativity: Existence of a Hausdorff Development

This is related to a problem that I posed about a year ago. I was given several references by a number of experts who were kind enough to entertain my rather arcane question. Those references were ...
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The embeddings $S^{6} \to S^{7}$ and $S^{7}\to S^{8}$

Is the standard smooth structure of $S^{7}$ the only structure for which each of the following canonical embedding is an smooth embedding?: 1)$S^{6}\to S^{7}$ 2)$S^{7}\to S^{8}$
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heat kernel on n-sphere

I'm interested in diffusion, a.k.a. the heat kernel driven by the Laplace-Beltrami operator, on the $n$-dimensional sphere. There are lots of bounds showing that, for small times, it behaves in a way ...
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A question on involutions on the Lie algebra of vector fields

Edite According to the essential comment of Ian Agol I revise the question as follows For a smooth manifold $M$, is there a non identity involution $\theta$ on the lie algebra $\chi^{\infty}(M)$ ...
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A question about Dehn surgery and Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

I have been learning about Brieskorn homology 3-spheres $\Sigma(a_1,...,a_n)$ and Seifert manifolds. My reference is the first few pages of Saveliev's "Invariants of Homology 3-spheres." If I ...
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What 3-manifolds can be obtained by gluing $ S^1 \times P $ and two copies of $S^1 \times D^2$

Let P denote the pair of pants e.g. a sphere minus three small discs $D_1$,$D_2$,$D_3$ about marked points $x_1,x_2,x_3$. I then consider $P \times S^1$. We have boundary components $T_1$,$T_2$,$T_3$. ...
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Question about a particular estimate in Riemannian geometry

I have been studying the book Some Nonlinear Problems In Riemannian Geometry - Thierry Aubin. On page $46$ he begins the proof of the Sobolev imbedding theorem to manifolds. The proof is divided in ...
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Ellipses on spheres (and other surfaces)

Define an ellipse $E$ on a sphere as the locus of points whose sum of shortest geodesic distances to two foci $p_1$ and $p_2$ is a constant $d$. There are conditions on $\{ p_1, p_2, d \}$ for this ...
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Why differential forms are important?

Importance of differential forms is obvious to any geometer and some analysts dealing with manifolds, partly because so many results in modern geometry and related areas cannot even be formulated ...
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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 ...