Differential geometry is the application of differential calculus in the setting of smooth manifolds (curves, surfaces and higher dimensional examples). Modern differential geometry focuses "geometric structures" on such manifolds, such as bundles and connections; for questions not concerning such ...

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What is an infinitesimal automorphism of a connection?

Let $P\to M$ be a principal bundle over a differentiable manifold $M$, with fibre $G$, equipped with a connection $H\subset TP$. I have heard the term "infinitesimal automorphism of $H$" but I haven't ...
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Is there a well-defined notion of measure zero on topological manifolds?

We extend the concept of measure zero on manifolds by local parameterization. but in this definition we have to check if it is true for every parametrization. In Guillemin's Differential Topology this ...
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A question on integration of differential forms on a manifold

I'm fairly new to differential geometry and have been reading up on integration on manifolds. All the texts/lecture notes that I've read so far always consider integrating an $n$-form over an ...
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Sobolev multiplication $\otimes$ of $H^1=W^{1,2}$ in vector bundles.

Let $E\to X$ be a vector bundle with an inner product and fix a reference connection $A_0$ on $E$. Then for $1\leq p < \infty$ and $k\geq 0$ we can define the Sobolev space $W^{k,p}(E)$ as the ...
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Integrating 2 form over torus

Let $\Bbb M^2 ⊂ \Bbb R^3$ be the torus of revolution obtained by rotating the circle $(x−2)^2 +z^2 = 1$ in the $xz$ plane around the $z$ axis. Consider the orientation on $M$ induced by the ...
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Manifold with boundary, smooth and complex

I have a question concerning complex manifold. We can view a complex $k-$submanifold of $\mathbb{C}^n$, $1 \le k \le n$ as a $2k-$dimensional real smooth manifold. What about boundary? Is it possible ...
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what is the manifold associated with general linear group?

It has dimension n^2 but I want to know the exact manifold structure of general linear group.
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Intuitive interpretation of Ricci Flow

What is the best way to interpret, explain or somehow visualize the basic idea behind formal definition of Ricci Flow? I am familiar with the hackneyed expressions like "Ricci Flow is a ...
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Orthogonal surfaces

Prove that the three surfaces of the family $xy/z=u$ $\sqrt{x^2+y^2}+\sqrt{y^2+z^2}=v$, $\sqrt{x^2+y^2}-\sqrt{y^2+z^2}=w$ that pass through just one point are orthogonal I´m assuming that first I ...
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Holomorphic Hermitian metrics

Let $E\to M$ be a complex vector bundle. A hermitian metric $h$ on $E$ is a hermitian inner product on each fiber $E_{p},\, p\in M$. Suppose that $M$ is also a complex manifold and that $E$ is ...
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Properties of $\Omega_{\epsilon}$

Let $\Omega$ be a bounded connected domain in $\mathbb R^n$ with compact smooth boundary. So $\partial \Omega$ can be viewed as a smooth submanifold of dimension n-1. Let $$\Omega_{\epsilon} : = \{ ...
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Is Gauss curvature a Morse function?

Given a Gauss map $\nu: M \rightarrow S^k$ of a orientable, compact manifold, we define the shape operator $S_p = -d \nu: T_p M \rightarrow T_{\nu(p)} S^k$ to be the negative differential. Define the ...
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Unknown functions yield a given determinant

I am trying to develop a nomogram which simultaneously shows the exact Fisher equation $(1+u) = (1+v)(1+w)$ and its linear approximation $u \approx v + w$. This amounts to finding twelve smooth ...
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Why is it called the cotangent bundle?

We all know that the cotangent of an angle is the tangent of the complement of that angle. What is the etymology of a cotangent bundle? In the sense of mechanics, the coordinates of the tangent bundle ...
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Working with homomorphisms and de Rham cohomology.

Here’s my question: Let M be a connected, compact, orientable, smooth n-manifold ($ n \in \mathbb{N}_{\geq 2} $). Let V be a neighborhood of p diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let U = M \ {p}. ...
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Smooth manifold

$A=M\cap N$, $M={(x,y,z\in\Bbb R^3)| x^2+y^2=1}$, $N=(x,y,z)\in \Bbb R^3|x^2-xy+y^2-z=1$. $1$. Is $A$ is smooth manifold? $2$. Find the points of $A$ that are farthest from the origin. This is ...
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Tangent space chart dependent or not?

I was wondering whether the definition of a tangent space is chart dependent or not? Cause to me it seems that they depend on the charts: Let $p \in M$ where $M$ is a k-dim smooth manifold and $\phi: ...
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Dependence among parameters for a geodesic [on hold]

A surface in 3-space is defined by: $$ x = X(u,v), y = Y(u,v) , z = Z(u,v) $$ Find differential relation or function connecting like $ v =f(u)$ or $ g( u,v, \frac{du}{dv}) =0 $ such that a ...
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Shifting to polar coordinates

Let $\mathbf{r}:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}^2,\ a,b\in\mathbb{R}, a<b$, be a $C^{\infty}([a,b])$ application (smooth). Is it true that we can always find two functions $r,\varphi :[a,b]\to\mathbb{R}$, $r\in ...
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Finding the de Rham cohomology of an open subset of $ \Bbb{R}^{n} $ minus a point.

Here’s my question: Let $ n \in \mathbb{N}_{\geq 2} $. Suppose that $ U \subseteq \Bbb{R}^{n} $ is an open set and that $ x \in U $. Then show that $$ {H_{\text{dR}}^{n - 1}}(U \setminus \{ x ...
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a question about differential geometry(Gauss-bonnet theorem and isolated singular point in the surface)

Let C be a regular closed simple curve on a sphere $S^2$. Let v be a differentiable vector field on $S^2$ such that the trajectories of v are never tangent to C. prove that each of the two regions ...
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Tangent bundle to a simple manifold.

Let $\mathbb{R}$ be the manifold of interest. So $\mathcal{M}$ = $\mathbb{R}$. We define a coordinate $x$ which gives us a point on the manifold. The tangent plane to $\mathcal{M}$ at a point $x=p$, ...
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a question about undergraduate-level differential geometry(Gauss-Bonnet theorem)

Let $S\subset R^3$ be a regular surface homeomorphic to a sphere. Let $\alpha\subset S $ be a simple closed geodesic in S,let A and B be a regions of S which have $\alpha$ as a common boundary. Let ...
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Using stokes' theorem

$B=\{(x,y), x^2+y^2\le1\} $ is a closed ball and $S=\{(x,y,z), z=x^2+y^2, (x,y)\in B\} $ oriented so that $f:B\to S$ defined by $$f(x,y)=(x,y,x^2+y^2)$$ is orientation preserving. Compute ...
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Computing the index around a curve with respect to a field, invariance?

If I understood the course book Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos right, The index can be found by $$\newcommand{\dd}{\mathrm{d}} \newcommand{\id}{\mathrm{d\,}} I_{C}=\frac{1}{2\pi}\oint_C ...
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Unique solution of a simple functional equation

Let $x,y:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R},\ a<b, a,b\in\mathbb{R}$ be two smooth functions ($x,y\in C^{\infty}([a,b])$). How can I prove that there is a unique function $\theta:[a,b]\to\mathbb{R},\ \theta\in ...
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An Application of Stokes's Theorem

Let $D^2=\{(x,y)\in \mathbf R^2: x^2+y^2\leq 1\}$ be the unit disc in $\mathbf R^2$, and $D^3=\{(x,y,z)\in \mathbf R^3: x^2+y^2+y^2\leq 1\}$ be the unit disc in $\mathbf R^3$. Let $i_{\pm}:D^2\to ...
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Sp(2n) as manifold

How to prove that $Sp(2n)$ is a manifold? We know that $Sp(2n)\subset Gl(2n)$ and $Gl(2n)$ is a manifold. Furthermore $Sp(2n)$ can be described as zeros of $A\mapsto A^TJA-J $, where $J$ is a ...
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Stokes Theorem on a sphere problem

I'm looking through my multivariable calculus notes and have come across a question I'm not sure I fully understand. It reads, "If $\omega$ is a differential form on $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $M$ is a sphere ...
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how to find points where a k-form is nonvanishing.

for example, if we are given 2-form $\omega=2xdx\wedge dy+2ydy\wedge dz$, what are the points where the form vanishes? I can only think of points $(0,0,z)$, is it all? Additionally, if we have a form ...
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Integration over a manifold with boundary (Check).

Assume that $ f: \Bbb{R}^{3} \to \Bbb{R} $ is a smooth function such that $ M \stackrel{\text{df}}{=} \left\{ \mathbf{x} \in \Bbb{R}^{3} ~ \middle| ~ f(\mathbf{x}) \ge 0 \right\} $ is a non-empty ...
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I know the formula for 4 dimensional curl, what is the formula for 6 dimensional curl? [on hold]

What is the formula for computing the curl of a 6 dimensional vector field?
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first Chern class of E is first Chern class of det E

Let $\pi:E\to M$ be a vector bundle, and $\nabla$ a connection. My definition of the first Chern class is $$c_1(E)=\left[tr\left(\frac{i}{2\pi}F^\nabla\right)\right],$$ where $F^\nabla$ is the ...
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Every submanifold of $\mathbb R^n$ is locally a level set

Is it true a very submanifold $M$ of $\mathbb R^n$ is locally a level set? Given a chart $\phi$ about $p \in M$, how can we construct a smooth function $f$ s.t. $f^{-1}(0)= M \cap U$ for some open ...
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Curve concatenation in manifolds.

I am having difficulty understanding what is going on geometrically when you add together multiples of curves (1-chains) in a differentiable manifold. Say we have two curves $A$ and $B$ together with ...
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Is the form closed?

$S$ is an n dimensional unit sphere such that $S^n=(x\in \Bbb R^{n+1}: |x|=1)$ with some fixed orientation and $\omega$ is a volume form on $S$. Prove that $\omega$ is closed. Prove that $\omega$ ...
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Conical surface with negative curvature

I was reading some physics papers and I read about cones possessing negative curvature on the tip (and k = 0 everywhere else). Basically, to build these surfaces instead of removing a sector of the ...
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How to show that each tangent vector to $\mathbb{R}^n$ at a point $a$ is of the form $\xi(f) = \sum_{i} c_i \frac{\partial f}{\partial x_i}(a)$? [on hold]

How to show that each tangent vector to $\mathbb{R}^n$ at a point $a = (a_1, \ldots, a_n) $ is of the form $\xi(f) = \sum_{i=1}^n c_i \frac{\partial f}{\partial x_i}(a)$? Thank you very much. Edit: ...
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Verification of the identity $\langle \nabla _{[X,Y]}Z,Z \rangle = \frac{1}{2}[X,Y]\langle Z,Z \rangle$

In the book Riemannian Geometry, page 91, Do Carmo writes: $$\langle \nabla _{[X,Y]}Z,Z \rangle = \frac{1}{2}[X,Y]\langle Z,Z \rangle$$ I could not understand how this happens. Can someone ...
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Determinant of the Antipodal Map

Let $f:S^n\to S^n$ be the map defined as $f(x)=-x$. (This map is called the antipodal map). Find the determinant of $df_p$ at a point $p\in S^n$. The sign of determinant should not depend on the ...
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Is it possible to compute geodesic without induced metric

Suppose a manifold embedding $i:M\to N$ into Riemannian manifold $(N,g)$ is given by $f(x)=0$, where $f:M\to R^m$ is a smooth vector-valued function. Now if it is very hard to parameterize the ...
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What the curvature $2$-form really represents?

Let $(E,\pi,B)$ be a principal bundle with structure group $G$. The connection $1$-form can be thought of as a projection on the vertical part. It allows us to characterize the horizontal subspaces as ...
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Integrating over an embedded manifold: Jacobian factor?

Let's say I want to integrate a function $$ f(x,y),\quad x\in\Gamma_1,y\in\Gamma_2 $$ where $\Gamma_1,\Gamma_2$ are both embedded manifolds in $\Bbb{R}^3$. The dimension of $\Gamma_1$ is 1 (a ...
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Cusp-end in the universal covering

Let $M$ be a n-dimensional hyperbolic manifold with finite volume. Then as a consequence of the Margulis-Lemma we have a decomposition in different types of ends. So let $C$ be a cusp-end. Then there ...
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Hausdorff measure and volume form

I would like to find a proof of the following fact: If $M$ is an orientable $k$-submanifold in $\mathbb{R}^n$ with a volume form $dV$ then $$\int\limits_{M} f(x) dV = \int\limits_{M} f(x) H^k(dx).$$ ...
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Description of $(T\Bbb{CP}^1)^\perp$

Is there a nice "concrete" description (i.e., coordinates) of the normal bundle of $\Bbb{CP}^1$ when is considered as a submanifold of $\Bbb{CP}^n$? Or, at least, $\Bbb{CP}^2$?
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Fibre bundles for homogeneous spaces

Let $G$ be a Lie group and let $H$ be a closed subgroup of $G$. Then it is known that $G/H$ can be equipped with a unique differentiable structure such that $G\xrightarrow{\pi} G/H$ is a locally ...
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Composition of smooth maps between manifolds is smooth

This is a continuation of the problem : Composition of smooth maps. At the moment, I am on the same problem. I am not quite sure of the continuation of the comment '' The point here is another. Are ...
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Index of a zero of a normal vector field

Let $M$ be a manifold and $S\subset M$ a submanifold. Assume whatever regularity you need (smoothness, compactenss, orientability, empty boundary, proper embedding of $S$,... this question is ...
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How to define the boundary operator using the exterior derivative?

I am looking for a way to define the boundary operator $\partial : M^n \to N^{n-1}$ from an $n$-dimensional manifold $M$ to its boundary $N$ using the the expression \begin{equation*} \int_M d \alpha ...