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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Computing the Chern-Simons invariant of SO(3)

I am an undergraduate learning about gauge theory and I have been tasked with working through the two examples given on pages 65 and 66 of "Characteristic forms and geometric invariants" by Chern and ...
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Wanted: A purely algebraic proof of the Frobenius theorem on distributions

Is there a purely algebraic proof of the Frobenius theorem? Here's a rough sketch of what i'm looking for: Let $Der(R)$ denote the $R$-module of ($R$-valued) derivations of the algebra $R$ endowed ...
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Characterization of the exterior derivative $d$

In the paper Natural Operations on Differential Forms, the author R. Palais shows that the exterior derivative $d$ is characterized as the unique "natural" linear map from $\Phi^p$ to $\Phi^{p+1}$ ...
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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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Kähler Geodesics

Consider the Kähler manifold in coordinates $(a,b)$ given by the complex Riemannian metric $$\begin{pmatrix} ...
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A short question on shriek maps

This should be easy but I don't quite see it. Let $M^m, N^n, X^d$ be compact, connected and oriented smooth manifolds. Let also $f:M\rightarrow X$ and $g:N\rightarrow X$ be transverse smooth maps. ...
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Vector valued 2-forms which satisfy Jacobi Identity

Motivated by this MO question we ask the following two questions: 1)What is an example of a compact manifold $M$ which does not admit any smooth (1,2) tensor $\omega$ which restriction to each ...
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On the variation of a Kähler metric on a surface by pullback of the complex structure

Let $\Sigma$ be a compact, connected, oriented surface, and let $\rho\in\Omega^2(\Sigma)$ be a fixed volume form. Then any (almost) complex structure $J\in\Omega^0(M;\operatorname{End}TM)$ compatible ...
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Polynomial in the components of the curvature tensor

Consider a closed Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ of dimension n and let $K(t,x,y)$ be its heat kernel. Then it is known that the heat kernel has an asymptotic expansion as $t\downarrow 0$: ...
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Curvature $0$ and involutive horizontal distributions

I am trying to check why curvature $0$ implies that the horizontal distribution is involutive. Let $\pi:P\to U$ be a principal $G:=GL_n$ bundle. Assume that $P$ is trivial and $\pi$ admits a section. ...
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Complement of a foliation

I have an $n$-manifold $M$ which is foliated by leaves $F_\alpha$ of dimension $p$ and a path $\gamma:[0,1]\to M$. You can take without problems $\gamma$ to be injective. Is the following statement ...
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What is a moduli space for a differential geometer?

A moduli space is a set that parametrizes objects with a fixed property and that is endowed with a particular structure. This should be an intuitive and general definition of what a moduli space is. ...
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Does Stokes' Theorem hold on spaces with singular points?

I have come across the question whether Stokes' theorem holds also on orbifolds. Let us take the simple case of $T^2/Z_2$ with a one-form $A$, then the question becomes: For a region $\Gamma$ with ...
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Different notions of isometry for Riemannian 2-manifolds

There are two notions of isometry between Riemannian 2-manifolds: a distance-preserving map $f$ with $d(x,y) = d(f(x),f(y))$ and a "metric-preserving" map $f$ with $I(x) = I(f(x))$ ($I(x)$ being ...
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In which commutative algebras does any derivation possess a flow?

Suppose $A$ is a commutative algebra over $\mathbb{R}$ with unity. $\mathbb{R}$-linear map $\xi\colon A\to A$ is a derivation of $A$ iff $\xi(ab)=a\xi(b)+\xi(a)b$ for any $a,b\in A$. If $\gamma\colon ...
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Is $T(M)$ necessarily equivalent to the normal bundle of $M$ in $\textbf{R}^{2n}$, if $M$ is totally real?

Consider real submanifolds, $M^n \subset \textbf{C}^n$. ($\textbf{C}^n \equiv (\textbf{R}^{2n}, J)$, where $J(x, y) = (-y, x)$). $M^n$ is totally real if $J(T_pM) \cap T_pM = 0$, for all $p \in M$. ...
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Constructing $\mathbb{P^n}$ “bundle” with different $n$

Can we find a complex/smooth manifold and map $f\colon X\to\mathbb{C}^3$ such that it is a $\mathbb{P}_\mathbb{C}^m$ bundle over linear subspace $\mathbb{C}^1$ and $\mathbb{P}_\mathbb{C}^n$ bundle ...
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Prerequisites for studying Perelman's proof of the Geometrization Conjecture

I want to set a course toward understanding Perelman's proof of the Geometrization Conjecture. I realize this will be a lengthy undertaking, but hopefully only on the order of one to two years. I am ...
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Mean value operator on Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ a Riemannian manifold. Further $M$ should be a harmonic space, that is $M$ is a symmetric and simply connected space of rank 1. (Example: Spheres $S^n$) Consider the mean value operator, ...
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algebraic $1$-forms vs analytic $1$-forms

First let's fix some definitions: Definitions: Complex manifold (of dimension n): Is a locally ringed space $(X,\mathscr F)$, where there is an open cover $\bigcup_{i\in I} U_i=X$ such that ...
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Hodge-Star-Operator on arbitrary oriented basis

Assume that $V$ is oriented finite dimensional vectorspace with dimension $n$, $g \in T^0_2(V)$ a given symmetric and nondegenerate tensor. Let $\mu$ be the corresponding volume element of $V$. ...
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De Rham Cohomology of $M \times \mathbb{S}^1$

Let $M$ be a closed (compact, without boundary) $m$-dimensional manifold. I want to prove that $H^{k+1}(M \times \mathbb{S}^1) = H^k(M) \oplus H^{k+1}(M)$. ($H^k$ is the $k$-th De Rham cohomology ...
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“Natural” constructions of tensor fields from tensor fields on a manifold

This question begins is related to this question on physics.SE Uniqueness of Riemann Curvature Tensor, which asks roughly "what tensors can we make locally out of just the metric tensor? We can ...
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Torsion in two dimensions?

This question is about the notion of a connection with torsion in differential geometry, i.e., a connection that is not Levi-Civita. (It's not about the torsion of a curve in three dimensions.) ...
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Characterization of gradient vector fields

Let $V$ be a vector field on a smooth manifold $M$. Are there nice conditions under which there exists a (Riemannian) metric on $M$ such that $V$ is the gradient of some smooth function on $M$? One ...
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What is the volume of Complex Projective Space with Fubini-Study Metric?

I try to compute the volume of the complex projective space $\mathbb{CP}^n$ with Fubini-Study metric, normalized to have diameter $=\pi/2$ i.e. the sectional curvatures lie between $1$ and $4$. Fix a ...
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Higher-order derivatives in manifolds

If $E, F$ are real finite dimensional vector spaces and $\mu\colon E \to F$, we can speak of a (total) derivative of $\mu$ in Fréchet sense: $D\mu$, if it exists, is the unique mapping from $E$ to ...
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When a given family of curves are geodesics of some affine connection?

Let $M$ be a two-dimensional manifold and let $\mathcal C$ be a family of smooth paths on $M$. How to understand whether this family is actually a family of (possibly reparametrized) geodesics of some ...
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Manifolds with volume forms on every submanifold

If we equip a manifold with an inner product (i.e. we have a Riemannian Manifold) then we get a canonical volume form on that manifold (please mentally insert the prefix "pseudo" into my question ...
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Computing Hodge numbers of a complete intersection

The situation is this: I have a 5-dimensional irreducible projective variety $Y$ embedded in $\mathbb P^{13}$. This variety is singular, the singularities being a disjoint union of two curves. I have ...
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A property processed by a special vector field.

Let $Y$ be a vector field on $\mathbb R^n$ (or any Riemannian manifold $(M, g)$). When will we know that $$Y =\nabla_X X$$ for some other vector fields $X$? Or more precisely, if $Y$ does satisfy ...
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If a thread is pulled out of a floating blob of water, must the thread be tangent to the surface of the blob at some point?

My motivation is the recent question I just answered, and my answer use too many hypothesis that I considered superfluous: Always "one double root" between "no root" and "at ...
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Geodesic equation from Christoffel symbols

Let $\mathcal{P}:=\mathcal{P}(\mathcal{X})$ be the $n$-dimensional manifold of all (strictly positive) probability vectors (distributions) on $\mathcal{X}=\{x_0,\dots,x_n\}$, i.e., each ...
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Connection in fibre bundle from discontinuous group action

I am trying to understand connections in fibre bundles. I thought of the following problem: Let $\Gamma$ be the discrete group generated by \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 3 & 0 \\ 0 & 1 & 0 \\ ...
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Trying to Understand Lefschetz Pencils

I'm reading on Lefschetz pencils, and I'm trying to understand condition ii) better, tho I would appreciate insights on condition i), and in general. A Lefschetz pencil on a $4$-manifold $X$ is a ...
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The rigorization of naive geometry angles and length

There are a number of claims from elementary school that I just remembered I don't actually mathematically know. Let's start with some specific examples and perhaps the rigorization will inspire me ...
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Orientability of the total space of a vector bundle over an oriented manifold

Let $M$ be a (smooth) manifold of dimension $n$, and let $\pi : E \to M$ be a (smooth) vector bundle of rank $r$. If I choose a connection on $E$, then I obtain a decomposition of $T E$ as $V E ...
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Curvature and connections in principal G-bundles

Let $E \rightarrow F$ be a principal $G$-bundle. Let $\alpha$ be a connection 1-form with values in the Lie algebra of $G$. Let $\omega$ denote the curvature 2-form of connection $\alpha$. We know ...
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Riemannian Immersions into Euclidean Space?

The Whitney embedding theorem states that any smooth manifold can be embedded in Euclidean space. In the Riemannian setting this naturally leads to the question whether this can be done in such a way ...
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Prop 12.8 in Bott & Tu

Yo! This proposition in Bott & Tu have been haunting me for a year or so since I always have to come back to this book for references. More precisely, the second equality in Proposition 12.8 in ...
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How do conformal maps affect curvature?

Let $(\overline{M}^{n+1}, \langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle)$ be a riemannian manifold with riemannian connection $\overline{\nabla}$ and consider $M^n \subset \overline{M}$ an orientable hypersurface with ...
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Concrete examples and computations in differential geometry

I've been studying differential geometry by myself for some time now. I studied a fair amount of the basic general theory and gone through a lot of the exercises from several textbooks. Lately I ...
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A Quotient of the Euclidean Group

$\newcommand{\euc}{\mathscr I}\newcommand{\R}{\mathbf R}$ Let $\euc(n)$ denote the the Euclidean group $\R^n\rtimes O_n(\R)$. Recall that $\euc(n)$ acts on $\R^n$ as $(\mathbf x, T)\cdot \mathbf ...
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Vectors that geodesically generate the same surface

Suppose that $\langle M,g \rangle$ is a complete, simply connected Riemannian symmetric space. The surface geodesically generated by a vector $\xi$ in $T_pM$ is the set of points lying on geodesics ...
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Introduction to differential equations for pure mathematicians

Is there a good reference for learning about differential equations for people who are mainly interested in the theoretical tools (especially in differential geometry/topology) that use them? I ...
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When is a linear map of 1-forms a pullback?

Every diffeomorphism $\phi: M\to N$ between two-dimensional compact oriented Riemannian manifolds induces a linear map on one-forms $L:\Omega^1(M)\to\Omega^1(N)$ given by the pullback of $\phi^{-1}$. ...
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Sobolev space on $M \times [0,\infty)$, $M$ compact closed manifold

Consider a manifold of the form $M \times [0,\infty)$, where $M$ is a closed compact manifold without boundary. So $M \times [0,\infty)$ is a semi-infinite cylinder. I want to know information about ...
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Determining an explicit line bundle over surface

The following is a explicitly defined complex line bundle $E\to\Sigma$ over a closed surface: View $\Sigma$ as a subset of $\mathbb{R}^3$ and consider its Gauss map $n:\Sigma\to S^2$ given by ...
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The invariance of the Ricci tensor under diffeomorphisms and its non-ellipticity.

Consider $(M,g)$ a compact Riemannian manifold. When viewed as a second order (non-linear) differential operator $$ \text{Ric} : C^{\infty}(\text{Sym}^2_+T^*M) \to C^{\infty}(\text{Sym}^2T^*M), $$ the ...
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Integration of bundle-valued differential forms

The literature, at least textbooks, seems to be very scarce on the topic of integrating bundle-valued differential forms. So I wonder where can I read on the topic? I want to see usual theorems, like ...