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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Proving the Leibniz Rule for Lie Derivatives of tensor fields.

I am learning some Differential Geometry on my own in preparation for a course I'm starting in October, and one of the exercises in the notes I'm using is to check that the Lie Derivative satisfies ...
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Is this end-point map surjective

Consider the differential equation: $\frac{d U_s}{dt} = (a + w(s)b)U_s$ where $w$ is some unknown, smooth, real and bounded function on the interval $[0,T]$ and $a,b \in \mathfrak{su}(n)$. Let ...
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Metric compatibility of dual connection

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold with Levi Civita connection $\nabla$. Then $\nabla$ satisfies a compatibility condition: $(\nabla_ZX,Y)+(X,\nabla_ZY)=Z((X,Y))$ where $(\cdot,-)$ is a Hermitian ...
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Symplectic matrix

I want to show that if $\lambda$ is a real eigenvalue of a symplectic matrix $A$ then its char poly is of the form $det(A-\mu id) = (\lambda-\mu)(\frac{1}{\lambda}-\mu) det(\hat{A}- \mu id) $ where ...
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Show that the normals to a parameterized curve all pass through the z-axis

I've been asked to show that the normals to a parameterized surface given by: $x(u,v) = (f(u)cosv,f(u)sinv,g(u)), f(u) \neq 0, g'(u) \neq 0$ all pass through the z-axis. I've computed the normal to ...
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Jacobi determinant for high-dimensional sphere inversion

I need to find the Jacobi determinant for the unit sphere inversion in $\mathbb{R}^n$, i.e. the map given by $f(x) = \frac x {|x|^2}$ for $x\in \mathbb{R}^n$. The main problem is to figure out the ...
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Preimage of a submanifold is a submanifold - Transversality

It is well known that if a smooth Map $f : M \to N$ between two smooth manifolds (finite dimensional) is transversal to a submanifold $L \subset N, L \pitchfork f$, than $f^{-1}(N)$ is a submanifold ...
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Show the first Chern class of a $U(1)$ bundle is integral.

I am working from John Baez's book: "Gauge Fields, Knots and Gravity". So I will stick to the notation used in that book. I am stuck at exercise 122 of part II (page 283), it reads: Show that if ...
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Bijective local isometry to global isometry

Suppose that I have a bijective local isometry $f: X \rightarrow Y$ where $X$ and $Y$ are length spaces. Can I show that $f$ is a global isometry? My thought is to consider a path $\gamma$ from $x$ to ...
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Smooth approximation to a continuous curve

Let $\gamma: [0,1] \rightarrow M$ be a continuous curve in a smooth manifold $M$. Is there a standard way to approximate $\gamma$ by a smooth curve? My thought was to look at every point $p$ where ...
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A certain zeta function; or, the determinant of the Laplacian plus a constant on the circle

I am interested in a certain "zeta function," a meromorphic function of $s \in \mathbb{C}$ that depends on a real parameter $\alpha \neq 0$. It's defined for the real part of $s$ large by $$ ...
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Is it possible to define submanifold like this

Wikipedia offers the following definition for an (embedded) submanifold: An embedded submanifold (also called a regular submanifold), is an immersed submanifold for which the inclusion map is a ...
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An compute of Riemannian geometry [on hold]

According to Einstein summation convention , $g_{ij}$ is metric tensor,and $f$ is a real function. Show that : $$ g_{il}g^{ij}\frac{\partial f}{\partial x^i}g^{kl}\frac{\partial f}{\partial ...
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Image is not a manifold when considered as a subset: how is this possible?

Wikipedia offers two definitions of a submanifold: One is that it is the image of an immersion. But I can't make sense of the remark that " in general this image will not be a submanifold as a ...
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Inverse Function Theorem: is this true?

The inverse function theorem is usually stated as follows: Let $f:\mathbb R^n \to \mathbb R^n$ be a smooth map and let $x_0$ be a point such that $\det J_f (x_0) \neq 0$. Then there exists an open ...
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Is $\omega = \theta d\theta + zdz$ one 1-form in $S^2$ with cylindrical coordinates?

Take the $S^2$ sphere with cylindrical coordinates. We now that $\alpha = d\theta\wedge dz$ is the symplectic form of this manifold, with $\theta \in [0,2\pi)$ and $z \in (-1,1)$ . Following the same ...
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What are the prerequisites for Michael Spivak's monumental A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry?

What are the prerequisites for Michael Spivak's monumental A Comprehensive Introduction to Differential Geometry? In particular for volume 1? Are these 5 volumes self-consistent in the sense that a ...
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Stuck with a problem of calculus of variation in the proof that a minimizing curve is a geodesic

I'm reading the proof of the proposition that states that every minimizing curve is a geodesics when it is given an unit speed parametrization. In the proof appears the following quantity : $$ ...
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What rhumb lines of a torus are periodic $C^1$ curves?

This is a question coming from an old (French) geometry book. Take a 3D torus. Study the rhumb lines of the torus and find the ones that are periodic $C^1$ curves. In particular, it is mentioned that ...
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Extending bounded smooth curve in $\mathbb{R}^n$

If I have a smooth curve $\gamma:(0,1]\rightarrow\mathbb{R}^n$ such that the image of $\gamma$ is bounded can I extend this curve so that it smoothly approximate another curve whose endpoint agrees ...
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Differential geometry qsn [on hold]

Find the curvature and torsion of the curves given by: $r = (a(3u-u^3),3au^2,a(3u+u^2))$ $r = a(1 + \cos u), a \sin u,2a \sin \frac u 2)$
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Fitting an ellipse to a point with the first and second derivatives specified

I am trying to fit an ellipse to the end of a curve, $y(x)$, such that first and second derivatives of the curve, $\frac{dy}{dx}$ and $\frac{d^2y}{dx^2}$, are preserved at the contact point, $(x,y)$, ...
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Laplace-Beltrami operator as sum of orthogonal projections

Let $M$ be a submanifold of $\mathbb R^l$ with the induced metric. Let $(\xi_\alpha)$ be the standard orthonormal basis on $\mathbb R^l$. For each $x \in M$, let $P_\alpha(x)$ the projection of ...
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Evolution operator always in $SU(n)$?

Think about the evolution operator $U$ in Quantum Mechanics for finite dimensional systems. Then this operator satisfies an equation $$U'(t) = -iHU(t)..$$ Here, I assume that $H$ is ...
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Locus with line segments ratio constant.

$OAB$ is a rotating radial ray through origin $O$. Find a continuous curve through A and B so that quotient $OA/OB$ is constant, excluding Euclidean motion of rotation around $O$. A and B can also be ...
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uses of Riemannian geometry for questions not related to Riemannian geometry

Poincaré conjecture (whose formulation does not make use of notions from Riemannian geometry: "Every simply connected, closed 3-manifold is homeomorphic to the 3-sphere") was eventually proved using ...
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Uniqueness of covariant derivative in Do Carmo

2.2 Proposition: Let $M$ be a differentiable manifold with an affine connection $\nabla$. There exists a unique correspondence which associates to a vector field $V$ along the differentiable curve ...
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Vector field left-invariant then also its respective flow?

I was wondering whether left invariance of a vector field $X$ to a respective Lie group $G$ (so $dL(a)(x)(X(x))= X(ax))$ is transfered to the respective flow defined by $\frac{d}{dt} \phi^{t}(x) = ...
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Identity regarding the components of a dual basis

This problem is from Robert Wald's "General Relativity." The problem is 4(b) from chapter 2. Let $Y_1\cdots Y_n$ be smooth vector fields on an $n$-dimensional manifold $M$ such that at each $p\in M$ ...
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Definition of a length metric.

Let $(X, d)$ be a metric space. Define the induced intrinsic metric $\widehat{d}$ as follows \begin{equation} \widehat{d}(x,y) = \inf_{\gamma} \sup_{t_0, \ldots, t_N} \sum_{i=1}^{N}d(\gamma(t_{i-1}, ...
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Frechet mean of $k$ elements in the n-dimentional sphere.

The Frechet mean of $k$ elements $x_1, \ldots, x_k \in S = \{ x \in \mathbb{R}^n,\, \| x \| = 1 \}$ is defined as the $\text{arg}\underset{\|x\|=1}{\text{min}} \sum_{i=1}^n d^2(x_i,x)$. Where ...
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Manifolds with a finite but not trivial fundamental group

I came across this nice result: Theorem: If $M$ is a connected smooth manifold with finite fundamental group, then its first de Rham cohomology is trivial: $$H^1_{dR}(M)=0.$$ However, I don't ...
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Definition of $k$-precosymplectic manifold

A precosymplectic manifold of rank $2r$ is a triple $(M,\omega,\eta)$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold of dimension $2m+1$, $\omega$ is a closed 2-form on $M$ and $\eta$ is a closed 1-form on $M$ such ...
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Reference request: Tubular neighborhood theorem for non-closed manifolds via the exponential map.

Let $M\subset N$ be a submanifold. (Both $M$ and $N$ have no boundary, but $M\subset N$ need not to be closed as a subspace and none of them need to be compact) Choose a Riemannian metric on $N$ and ...
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Non-hyperbolic zeros of vector field

I'm wondering the following: Let $V$ be a vector field on a (compact Riemannian) smooth manifold $M$ with non-degenerate zeros. Let $p$ be a non-hyperbolic zero of $V$. Can we perturb $V$ slightly so ...
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limiting tangent line is parallel to asymptotic line

For a (infinitely, if necessary) differentiable curve $$ A(t) = (x(t), y(t)) $$ which diverges at $t_0 \in [-\infty,\infty] $, that is $$ \lim_{t \to t_0 } | x(t)^2 + y(t)^2 | =\infty $$ if there is ...
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Pullback of a normal bundle

Consider $\Sigma$ a compact surface embedded into a compact 3-manifold, such that $\Sigma$ is diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}\mathbb{P}^2$ (real projective plane) and $\varphi:\mathbb{S}^2 \to \Sigma$ is ...
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On the Spivak's proof of the theorem 3-11 (calculus on manifolds)

In second paragraph of the case 1 within the proof: What is $U$ s.t $A\subset U$ and satisfies in the proof of the case 1 of theorem 3-11. $\psi_i$ is defined on $U_i$ and its support is not ...
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Metric tensor for n-sphere in ambient coordinates

Let $S^n$ be the unit n-sphere embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$: $$ S^n = \{ a \in \mathbb{R}^{n+1} \mid a \cdot a = 1 \} $$ What is the induced metric tensor for the sphere, in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ ...
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Ricci curvature along Killing vector field

If $V$ is a Killing vector field, I need to prove that $$V^{m}\nabla_{m}R = 0$$ where $R$ is the Ricci scalar $R = g^{mn}R_{mn}$. I´m having some trouble with this, I already showed that ...
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Closed form on any submanifold closed?

Let $M$ be a manifold and $\omega$ a closed differential form, so i.e. $d \omega =0.$ If I now consider a submanifold $N$ of $M$. Does this mean that $\omega$ is still closed on $N$? This statement ...
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Why is this not an inconsistency in elementary Lie theory?

I made an observation last week, and it has bothered me ever since. Recall the formulae ...
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Sending unitary group to reals, second differential at critical points.

Let$$X = U(n) = \{B \in \text{GL}_n(\mathbb{C}): BB^* = I\}$$be the group of $n \times n$ unitary matrices over $\mathbb{C}$, viewed as a real manifold. Fix a diagonal $n \times n$ matrix $A$ with ...
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Lie Derivative Equals to Lie Bracket

I am reading the book Introduction to Smooth Manifold written by M.Lee. I am confusing with the concept of Lie derivative. We have $\mathcal{L}_XY=[X,Y]$. However we have ...
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Linearization of divergence of a vector field?

Let's $X$ is a fixed smooth vector field on semi-Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$. For a symmetric 2-tensor field $s$, and for sufficiently small values of $t$, $\tilde{g}=g+ts$ is a semi_Riemannian metric ...
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Computing Rham Cohomology

Suppose that we have a $C^{\infty}$ manifold $X$ with and atlas $\mathcal{A}=$($U_{\alpha},\varphi_{\alpha}$) such that for every two intersecting open sets $U,V \in \mathcal{A}$ the intersection is ...
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Uniqueness of tangent plane

Let $\Sigma$ be a smooth surface defined as a surface admitting a parametrisation $\boldsymbol{r}:D\subset\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}^3$ such that $\boldsymbol{r}$ is of class $C^1(\mathring{D})$ (and ...
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Is there a natural Riemannian structure on the total space of a vector bundle?

Suppose $B$ is a Riemannian manifold and $\pi: E \to B$ is a smooth vector bundle equipped with a metric. Is there a natural Riemannian metric on $E$, i.e. a bundle metric on $TE\to E$? It seems ...
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Why $\dfrac{\partial \sigma}{\partial u}=\dfrac{\partial \sigma}{\partial \bar{u}}$?

According to Elementary Differential Geometry by A N Pressley: (${\bf \sigma}_u=:\dfrac{\partial \sigma}{\partial u}$). The above text several times assuming that $\dfrac{\partial ...
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If two objects have the same gaussian curvature, are they the same up to isometries?

I was reading about Gauss Egregium Theorem but I'm not sure if I understand it well. Intuitively, what does it mean? It is true that if two objects have the same Gaussian curvature, then they are the ...