# Questions tagged [riemannian-geometry]

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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### minimizing weighted length of closed curves

Let $\mathcal{A}$ be the family of closed smooth curves in the right half of the complex plane $\mathbb{C}$ such that any curve in the family must enlose the point $z=1$ and tangent to the $y$-axis at ...
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### Is the intersection of two distinct sufficiently small metric spheres always empty, a point or a metric sphere of lower dimension?

Let $(X,d)$ be an $n$-dimensional $(n< \infty)$ complete geodesic metric space, where any two points in $X$ are joined by a unique shortest geodesic. Let $S$ be a sufficiently small metric $(n-1)$-...
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### history of geometric mechanics

I was thinking about the foundations of geometric mechanics and its precursors. I wondered who was the first to realized the equivalence between Riemannian geometry and Lagrangian mechanics. In ...
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### Is the 2-dimensional Gauss-Bonnet theorem applicable in higher dimensions? [closed]

This is a cross-post of this MSE post that users commented that it is appropriate for MO. I want to know Question: Is the 2-dimensional Gauss-Bonnet theorem applicable (any topological ...
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### Curvature of nonsymmetric metric tensors?

Consider a smooth manifold $M$ of arbitrary dimension. We have notions of psuedo-Riemannian or Riemannian metrics on a manifold, and they differ in the slightest way of being positive-definite or not. ...
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### Levi-Civita connection from idempotents

Let $(M,g)$ be a closed Riemannian manifold. Let $V$ be a smooth complex vector bundle over $M$. We can write $V$ as the range of an idempotent $E$ in a matrix algebra $M_n(C^\infty(M))$ acting on a ...
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### Lorentzian manifolds of negative spacelike sectional curvature

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a simply connected Lorentzian manifold of signature $(-,+,\ldots,+)$ and such that the sectional curvature of any space-like surface is non-positive. Is it true that there are no ...
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### Reference on area-constrained harmonic maps?

I would appreciate a reference that discusses (at least some of) what is known regarding the existence of constrained harmonic maps from one space into another. More specifically, I am interested in ...
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### Distance function and Hessian in Lorentzian geometries with positive curvature

Suppose $(M,g)$ is a Lorentzian manifold with signature $(-,+,\ldots,+)$ and a positive curvature. Let $p \in M$. Let $U$ be a sufficiently small neighborhood of $p$ in the exterior of the double null ...
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### Quotient distance on $\mathbb{C}P^n$ is equivalent to distance induced by the Fubini-Study metric

Let $n$ be an even, positive integer. Then, is the metric (in the metric-space sense) on $\mathbb{C}P^n$ induced by the Fubini-Study (Riemannian) metric equivalent to the quotient (pseudo?)-metric ...
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### Length and curvature for closed curves in negatively curved spaces

In the Euclidean plane, for a closed smooth curve of length $\ell$ whose curvature is bounded above by $\epsilon$ we have the inequality $$\ell \ge 2\pi \epsilon^{-1}$$ which follows from the fact ...
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### Closed-form expression for Riemannian exponential maps on symmetric spaces

Besides the Poincaré model for the hyperbolic disc, $S^n$, and Euclidean space, what are known instances of a symmetric space $M$ (finite-dimensional) for which the exponential map is known in closed-...
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### Electromagnetic energy in Lovelock gravities

To fix ideas, let us recall that General Relativity describes gravitational phenomena on a 4-dimensional pseudo-Riemannian manifold $(X,g_{ab})$ with field equations that relate the energy-momentum ...
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### Commutation relations between covariant and Lie derivatives

I am currently working on extrinsic riemannian geometry and I am looking for a sort of commutation relation between the covariant and Lie derivatives. To be more precise : considering an hypersurface ...
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### Vector field with constant divergence around embedded submanifold

Let $M$ be a smooth $n$-dimensional manifold and $N\subset M$ be a closed embedded submanifold of codimension at least $2$. Furthermore, let $\mu$ be a volume form on $M$. Question: Does there ...
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### Assuming the conformal factor is radially decreasing, prove or disprove the uniqueness of geodesic joining origin and points on the boundary of ball

Let $u$ be a radially decreasing function defined on $\mathbb{R}^n$. We consider the metric $g=e^{2u}\delta$ where $\delta$ is the standard Euclidean metric on $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $B_r$ be the ball ...
### Eigenfunctions of the laplacian on $\mathbb{CP}^n$
I want to find explicit formulas for the eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on $\mathbb{CP}^n$ endowed with the Fubini Study metric. For the first eigenvalue $\lambda_1 = 4(n+1)$, the eigenfunctions ...