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**1**answer

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### Equivariant handle decompositions

Suppose I have some smooth closed high-dimensional manifold $M$ acted on smoothly by a finite group $G$. By a metric averaging procedure, we can equip $M$ with a smooth Riemannian metric so that $G$ ...

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**1**answer

276 views

### smooth manifold vs. exceptional inverse image

A well-known theorem in topology says that for a smooth manifold $M$ of dimension $n$ the map $f: M \rightarrow point$ satisfies
$$f^! \mathbf R = \mathbf R[n]$$
Here $\mathbf R$ is the constant ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

220 views

### Harmonic/conformal map composition between manifolds in either order?

Suppose $\mathcal{M}$, $\mathcal{N}$, and $\mathcal{P}$ are Riemannian manifolds (compact and of dimension 2, if it matters). It seems well-known that if $\phi:\mathcal{M}\rightarrow\mathcal{N}$ is ...

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votes

**1**answer

256 views

### Classifying smooth embeddings which yield Morse functions

Let $\mu:M \to \mathbb{R}$ be a fixed surjective smooth function on a smooth manifold $M$. Let $N$ be a smooth compact manifold that embeds smoothly into $M$ via $\iota:N \to M$.
What conditions ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### sign of the First chern class fundamental group of Kahler Manifolds

We know by some facts from Kobayashi, if the Kahler manifold $M$ has positive first Chern class, i.e., $c_1 (M)>0$ then $M$ is simply connected. So if $c_1 (M)<0$ under which assumption on $M$ ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### relation with jacobifields in a small neighbourhood

hi,
I have the following question: Let $(M,g)$ be a complete Riemannian manifold with all sectional curvatures non-positive. Let $p \in M$ and consider the function $d(x)=dist_{g}(x,p)$ in a ...

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votes

**4**answers

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### Algorithmically unsolvable problems in topology

This question is inspired by a paper by B. Poonen that appeared on the arxiv some time ago: http://arxiv.org/abs/1204.0299. The paper gives a sample of algorithmically unsolvable problems from various ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### When do commuting Hamiltonian flows have commuting generators?

Let $(P,\Omega)$ be a symplectic manifold, and let $[\cdot,\cdot]$ be the natural Poisson bracket. Let $\varphi^h(a)$ be the Hamiltonian flow generated by the smooth function ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

564 views

### Homeomorphism classification of 4-manifolds

Question 1. Let $X_i$ be an infinite family of closed, orientable, smooth 4-manifolds with the following properties:
a) $\pi_1(X_i) = \mathbb{Z}\times \mathbb{Z_{2}}$ for any $i = 1, 2, \cdots $
b) ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

788 views

### Manifolds are paracompact

By Definition, smooth manifolds are assumed to be Hausdorff and to satisfy the second countability axiom.
I have heard (but never seen written) that these assumptions imply paracompactness (and thus ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

372 views

### Actions of finite groups on exotic smooth manifolds of dimension >4

Let $M_1^n$ and $M_2^n$, $n>4$ be two smooth compact manifolds that are homeomorphic but not diffeomorphic. Suppose that a finite group is $G$ acting faithfully on $M_1^n$ by diffeomorphisms. Is it ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

186 views

### gluing along a real analytic manifold

hi,
I have a general question. Assume we have a real analytic $n-$dim. manifold $X$ and $M$ a real analytic compact submanifold of $X$ (of dimension less that the dimension of $X$, say $k < n$). ...

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votes

**1**answer

408 views

### complex manifold with corner

I was reading Dominic Joycee article on Manifold with corner. He talk about manifold with corner modeled over $[0,\infty)^k\times \mathbb R^{n-k}$ for some $k\leq n$. From here i moved to Melrose ...

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votes

**1**answer

488 views

### Diffeomorphisms of finite order not in the image of a circle action

Does there exist a closed smooth manifold $M$ and a diffeomorphism $f\colon M \to M$ such that:
$f$ is isotopic to the identity,
$f$ is of finite order, $f^n=ID$, and
$f$ is not contained in the ...

**3**

votes

**2**answers

1k views

### What is the usual topology of $C^\infty_c(M) $

If $M$ is a smooth paracompact manifold, then what is the usual topology of $C^\infty_c(M) $, i.e., the smooth function with compact support?

**1**

vote

**1**answer

170 views

### Morse Theory on pseudo-Hermitian manifold

I wonder if Morse Theory on pseudo-Hermitian manifold is developed. For example, I wonder if the following statement on pseudo-Hermitian manifold, which is corresponding to the Riemannian case, is ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

278 views

### questions on intersecting 2-manifolds

Suppose two intersecting smooth manifolds which are both subset of $\mathbb{R}^2$, and their tangent spaces on points of the intersecting parts doesn't coincident. Then is this intersecting part a ...

**2**

votes

**2**answers

294 views

### Questions on calculating volume using n-1 forms

Is there an n-1 form on $R^n$ which calculates the volume of n-manifolds? Similarly, is there such a 1 form on $S^2$, and $RP^2$? I thought this has something to do with the orientation, is that ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

159 views

### Boundary of unstable manifold

Let $X$ be a vector field on a compact manifold $M$ that has the form
$$ X = \lambda_1 x^1 \partial_1 + \dots + \lambda_n x^n \partial_n + \dots$$
with respect to some chart $x$ around a point $p$. ...

**12**

votes

**6**answers

922 views

### Does every vector bundle allow a finite trivialization cover?

Suppose there is a vector bundle (smooth, with constant rank finite-dimensional fibres) over a (smooth, second-countable, Hausdorff, not necessarily connected) manifold $B$ of dimension $n$.
(a) Is ...

**16**

votes

**0**answers

434 views

### Monoid structure of oriented manifolds with connect sum

Take the class of all compact, connected, boundaryless, smooth oriented $n$-dimensional manifolds, each taken up to orientation-preserving diffeomorphism. This is a commutative monoid with operation ...

**-3**

votes

**1**answer

440 views

### Holonomy group of calabi yau manifold

Let $(M,J,\omega, \Omega)$ be a calabi-yau manifold (not necessary compact). Does it follow that the holonomy group of $M$ is $SU_{n}$, where $n$ is the complex dimension of $M$ ?

**9**

votes

**4**answers

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### Characterization of the Lie derivative

The exterior differential of differential forms on a manifold can be characterized as the unique super-derivation of degree 1 on the exterior algebra of forms such that $<df,X>=X(f)$
for $f$ a ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

139 views

### monge ampere equation along totally real submanifolds

hi,
are there some references when solving the complex monge ampere equation along totally real submanifolds of some compact (with boundary or without) complex manifold. i know that there are a lot ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

836 views

### Classification of smooth atlases

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a smooth maximal atlas on a manifold $M$. Let $f:M\to M$ be a smooth invertible function, whose inverse is not smooth (for example $f:\mathbb R\to \mathbb R$, $f(x)=x^3$). Then ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

259 views

### einstein metrics on the tangent bundle

hi,
i have the following question. let $M$ be a compact, real analytic, riemannian manifold with real analytic metric $g$. does the tangent bundle admit always a einstein metric ?
marco

**0**

votes

**0**answers

263 views

### $\partial \bar{\partial}$ on a complex manifold

hallo,
i have the following question: let $M$ be a complex $n-$dimensional manifold and $R \subset M$ be a totally real, compact, $n-$dimensional (real) manifold. let $\alpha$ be a smooth nonnegative ...

**3**

votes

**4**answers

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### space of geodesics

hallo,
i have the following problem: Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian manifold with metric $g$ and $\nabla$ be the Levi-Civita Connection. Denote by $G(M) =${$\gamma: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow M | ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

497 views

### Partitions of Unity

Fix a metric $g$ on a smooth, closed manifold $\mathcal{M}$. Take a finite subcover of the manifold from its atlas. Is it true that any smooth partition of unity subordinate to this cover has ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

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### definition of Hessian with respect to connection

Hi,
I am reading the lecture notes on Morse Homology written by M.Hutchings, in that notes definition of Hessian is defined in coordinate free way: given any connection $ H(f,p)= \nabla_v(df)$ where ...

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votes

**1**answer

443 views

### Is this manifold orientable? [closed]

Let $C$ be the set of points $(a,b,c,d) \in \mathbb{C}^4$ which satisfy
1) $ \left|a\right|^2+\left|c\right|^2=\left|b\right|^2+\left|d\right|^2 =1 $.
2) $ a\bar{b}+c\bar{d}=0 $
There is a ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

408 views

### Is the space of smooth partitions of unity connected? Simply-connected?

One of the requirements for a smooth manifold $M$ is that it be paracompact, and one of the equivalent definitions of paracompactness for a smooth space is that for overy open cover of $M$, there ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

349 views

### Conformally-flat

Assume given a smooth manifold $(\mathbb{R}^n, g)$, where the metric is a scaled identity $g = e^{2f}I$.
Is there a way to know if this is always a non-positive (sectional) curvature manifold?
Note ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

249 views

### Sets that are diffeomorphic to $(0,1)^k$

Let $W\subset \mathbf R^{k}$ be an open set. Are there conditions on $W$ that guarantee the existence of a map $T:(0,1)^k \rightarrow W$ such that: (i) $T$ is surjective, (ii) $T$ is continuously ...

**10**

votes

**1**answer

520 views

### Smooth four-manifolds with contractible universal cover

Let $X$ be a smooth compact four-manifold with definite non-trivial intersection form. Can the universal cover of $X$ be contractible?
It semms to me that the answer is negative when $X$ is simply ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

225 views

### local kählerforms on complex manifold

hallo,
Let $M$ be a complex manifold. Assume we have a covering of $M$ by complex charts $\{U_{i}\}$. Furthermore assume that we have on each $U_{i}$ a Kählerform $\omega_{i}$ (i.e. $d\omega_{i} = ...

**5**

votes

**2**answers

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### one-parameter subgroup and geodesics on Lie group

Hi,
Given a Matrix Lie Group, I would like to know if the one-parameter subgroups (which can be written as $\exp^{tX}$) are the same as the geodesics (locally distance minimizing curves). Geodesics ...

**3**

votes

**3**answers

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### looking for a book on banach manifolds

Hi,
I am looking for a book on Banach manifolds. Can somebody recommend me something.
Thanks in advance.
leo

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votes

**2**answers

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### book on calabi yau manifolds

hi,
does anybody know a good book on calabi yau manifolds (i am a beginner) ?
thanks in advance
lois

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votes

**4**answers

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### The Schwartz Space on a Manifold

I asked this question a couple of days ago on math.stackexchange, but have yet to receive a response, so I have decided to post this here.
This question is also vaguely related (both questions arose ...

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votes

**1**answer

515 views

### What are the smooth manifolds in the topos of sheaves on a smooth manifold?

The category of internal locales in the Grothendieck topos of sheaves on a locale X
is equivalent to the slice category over X.
In other words, internal locales over X are precisely morphisms of ...

**-1**

votes

**3**answers

685 views

### When is the union of embedded smooth manifolds a smooth manifold?

Suppose we have k embeddings of one single smooth manifold into one other, such that the intersections are manifolds,too. What are sufficient conditions, such that the union of those embeddings is a ...

**29**

votes

**3**answers

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### When is a submanifold of $\mathbf R^n$ given by global equations?

Let $M \subset \mathbf R^n$ be a (smooth) submanifold of dimension $d$. Under which conditions does there exist global equations defining $M$? By global equations I mean : does there exist a smooth ...

**6**

votes

**2**answers

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### Cohomology of fixed point subspaces

Suppose $M$ is a smooth manifold and $\phi : M \to M$ is a homeomorphism whose fixed point set is a smooth submanifold $M_{\phi}$. Is there any relation between the cohomology ring of $M_{\phi}$ and ...

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votes

**3**answers

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### How to disjoint two cycles with zero intersection?

Suppose that $M^n$ is an orientable connected (thanks to Greg) manifold and $Z^k$ with $Z^{n-k}$ are two real cycles in $M^n$ with zero index of intersection $Z^k\cdot Z^{n-k}=0$ (for me these cylces ...

**14**

votes

**0**answers

641 views

### Is the category of smooth manifolds equivalent to the opposite category of the category of commutative monoids of some additive symmetric monoidal category?

This is a followup to my previous question, which asked whether
the category of commutative or noncommutative C*-algebras or von Neumann algebras
is equivalent to the category of commutative or ...

**0**

votes

**2**answers

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### $\infty$-forms and $\infty$-plectic geometry

Can you have $\infty$-forms on infinite-dimensional manifolds or elsewhere and what are they used for?

**2**

votes

**2**answers

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### Inner products on differential forms

Given a Riemannian metric $g$ on a smooth manifold $M$, one defines an
$L^2$-inner product on the space $\bigwedge^\ast(M)$ of differential
forms by
$$
\langle \alpha, \beta \rangle_g = \int_M ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### When is a closed differential form harmonic relative to some metric?

Let $\omega$ be a closed non-exact differential $k$-form ($k \geq 1$) on a closed orientable manifold $M$.
Question: Is there always a Riemannian metric $g$ on $M$ such that $\omega$ is ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### What are elementary applications of the Frobenius'Theorem in the Classical Differential Geometry?

Usually in a first course on differential geometry we learn some classical results on the geometry of curves and surfaces in the ordinary euclidean space, and just later in more advanced courses we ...