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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Exercise about Hodge Star Operator on $\Lambda^{p,q}$

In real case, $$ \ast (e_1\cdots e_k)=e_{k+1}\cdots e_n$$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$, where $e_i$ is $1$-form and $e_1\cdots e_n$ is volume on $\mathbb{R}^n$ We will extend to complex case. Define $$ dz_k:= ...
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Required minimum number of points on boundary of minimal surface

What is the minimum number of points required to uniquely determine a minimal surface in 3-Space? Four? Five? If six or more points on boundary are given it gives rise to over-determination.. right?
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Curvature exercise, need hint.

Let $\alpha: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}^3$ be a parametrization of a smooth curve in space with $\|\alpha'(s)\| = 1$ constant. Suppose that for all $s$ within a sufficiently small neighborhood of fixed ...
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Definition of covering (deck) transformation for smooth manifolds: Are they diffeomorphisms?

In John Lee's book Riemannian Manifolds, a covering transformation (or deck transformation) of a smooth covering map $\pi:\tilde{M}\to M$ (of connected smooth manifolds) is defined to be a smooth map ...
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Symbol $\Gamma$ when talking about vector fields.

I noticed several times online that people tend to use the symbol $\Gamma(M,TM)$ when talking about the space of smooth vector fields on smooth manifolds. I find this totally confusing, as in ...
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Scaling of minimal surfaces

After scaling and suitable Euclidean motions every rigid minimal patch can be placed on a unit catenoid of revolution $ x^2 + y^2 = c^2 \cosh^2 (z/c), c=1.$ with full area contact. Is the statement ...
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Definition of submanifolds by regular values

Let $f: M \rightarrow N$ and $q \in N$ be a regular value, then $f^{-1}(q)$ is a submanifold of $M$. Now assume that $q \in N$ is not a regular value, but you pick $K:=f^{-1}(q) \cap \{p \in M; ...
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Homeomorphism between $S^2$ and $CP^1$ via uniqueness of quotient

I am trying to show that $S^2$ and $\mathbb{C}P^1$ are homeomorphic making use of the following result - see e.g. Jack Lee Introduction to topological manifolds. Let $Y \xrightarrow{\pi_1} X_1 $, $Y ...
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equivalent definitions of tensorfields

I have been confused about something for quite some time now and I would really much appreciate to get a clear explanation of the following. There are two equivalent definitions of how to define ...
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Intuition behind eigenfunctions of the Laplacian operator

I'm reading about the notion of spectral dimension which is a measure of how particles diffuse in some space at different scales. An important aspect of spectral dimension is the ...
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Map between $SO(n)$ is homotopic to the identity?

I'm given an exercise, in a differential geometry class, where I need to detemine wether or not the smooth map between manifolds: \begin{align} f \colon\ &SO(n) \rightarrow SO(n)\\ & A \mapsto ...
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Choosing a vector normal to a jordan curve that points “inside”

Let $\gamma=\partial K_1(0,0)$ be the circle with radius $r=1$ and origin $(0,0)$ in $\mathbb R^2$. Then for any $t_0$ we have $\gamma'(t_0)\neq \begin{pmatrix} 0 \\ 0\end{pmatrix}$. Let ...
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Unit radial vector field

Lee's book defines the unit radial vector field in normal coordinates as $$ \partial_r:= \frac{x^i}{r(x)} \partial_i$$ and $r(x):=\sqrt{\sum_i (x^i)^2}$ Now this is a unit vector field iff ...
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Condition equivalent to a moduli space being a manifold

Let $M$ be an $n$-manifold, and assume that it is foliated by a regular $p$-foliation. I know the following implication to be true: If for every point $m\in M$ there exists a submanifold $m\in ...
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The Euclidean Metric on $\mathbf R^3$ Induces an Index-Lowering Isomorphism $b:\mathfrak X(\mathbf R^3)\to \Omega^1(\mathbf R^3)$.

In Lee's Introduction to Smooth Manifolds, Second Edition, the line just before Equation 14.25 reads The Euclidean metric on $\mathbf R^3$ induces an index-lowering isomorphism $b:\mathfrak ...
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Describe the local flux of this vector field $X$ on $S^2$ given by $X(v)=w_0- \langle v, w_0 \rangle v.$

Let be $w_0 \in \mathbb{R}^3$ and $X: S^2 \rightarrow TS^2$ the vector field on $S^2$defined by: $$X(v)=w_0- \langle v, w_0 \rangle v.$$ ($\langle.,. \rangle$ is the standard dot product) How can I ...
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Four Vertex Theorem

In Do Carmo's "Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces" he has a proof of the four vertex theorem that I am having trouble getting my head around. In it, he starts by assuming a closed, simple, ...
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Lie bracket and flows on manifold

Suppose that $X$ and $Y$ are smooth vector fields with flows $\phi^X$ and $\phi^Y$ starting at some $p \in M$ ($M$ is a smooth manifold). Suppose we flow with $X$ for some time $\sqrt{t}$ and then ...
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Wrong pushforward of vector field definition on wikipedia

Wikipedia claims that for $$\mathrm d \varphi_x:T_xM\to T_{\varphi(x)}N\,$$ we have for $X \in T_pM$ and $f \in C^{\infty}(N,\mathbb{R})$ $$\mathrm d\varphi_x(X)(f) = X(f \circ \varphi)$$ whereas I ...
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Diffeomorphism between covering spaces

Let $\pi_1: M \rightarrow M_1$ and $\pi_2: N \rightarrow M_2$ be two smooth covering maps. Now $\phi: M \rightarrow N$ is a smooth diffeomorphism. Does this induce a smooth diffeomorphism $f: M_1 ...
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Is there a relation between vectors on these two spaces?

I've been reading lately one paper on Physics, which basically presents one gauge theory approach to the problem of swimming at low Reynolds number. I've been trying lately to rewrite some of the ...
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Calculating euler characteristic and geodesic curvature

We have the usual formula for the euler characteristic in differential geometry $$\chi = \frac{1}{4\pi}\int_{M}d^{2}\sigma g^{1/2}R + \frac{1}{2\pi}\int_{\partial M}ds k$$ where we define the ...
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Problem of Arnold's book and covering spaces

I am currently reading Arnold's book "Mathematical Methods of classical mechanics" on page 278 and I don't see through his arguments there at a point. Especially, I am talking about the part that ...
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Properties of $\mathbb{C}P^n$

I'm currently working on a somewhat deformed version of $\mathbb{C}P^2$ and want to check some properties from a geometrical and/or topological point of view. Of course, $\mathbb{C}P^2$ is Kähler ...
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Calculating euler number of disk

I'm trying to do exercise 3.1 from Polchinski, which should be a rather easy differential geometry problem. I have to calculate the euler number defined by $$\chi = \frac{1}{4\pi}\int_{M}d^{2}\sigma ...
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Application of inverse function theorem?

I am not completely sure if this a direct consequence of the inverse function theorem. Assume that we have a function $f: \mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ that we can write in terms of ...
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$\bigwedge^k T^*M$ is a $\binom{n}{m}$-dimensional Subbundle of $\bigotimes^k T^*M$.

I am trying to prove the following: Let $M$ be a smooth manifold. Then $\bigwedge^k T^*M$ is a smooth subbundle of dimension $\binom{n}{k}$ of $\bigotimes^kT^*M$. To do this, I think the ...
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Is a principal bundle automorphism locally given by a left action?

Let $G\hookrightarrow P \xrightarrow{\pi} M$ be a principal bundle, denote by $\cdot$ the right action of $G$ on $P$. Let $f:P\rightarrow P$ a bundle automorphism (i.e. $f$ is a diffeo, $f(p \cdot g) ...
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Preimage of a small normal deformation under an embedding again a normal defomation?

Let $j\colon M\rightarrow W$ be a smooth embedding of smooth manifolds and assume $M$ and $N$ have Riemannian metrics, but $j$ is not necessarily an isometric embedding. Let $N\subseteq W$ be a ...
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For any smooth n-manifold $M$, construct a smooth map $f:M\to S^n$ which is not null-homotopic

PROBLEM: For any smooth n-manifold $M$, construct a smooth map $f:M\to S^n$ which is not null-homotopic ,or even of degree 1 The following is my idea: First, choosing an arbitrary open coordinate ...
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Is my example of non equivalent maps correct?

We define two smooth maps $f: (\mathbb R, 0) \to (\mathbb R^2, 0)$ and $g: (\mathbb R, 0) \to (\mathbb R^2, 0)$ to be equivalent if there exist diffeomorphisms $\tau : \mathbb R \to \mathbb R$ and ...
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Is this operation meaningful or it is a mistake in the book?

I've been reading Nakahara's "Geometry, Topology and Physics" and found something quite strange on the section 10.3.3 which discusses the geometrical meaning of the curvature of a connection. It is ...
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Show Lie bracket left invariant

I want to prove from the definition that the Lie bracket $[X,Y]$ of two left-invariant vector fields $X,Y: G \rightarrow TG$ where $G$ is a Lie group is again left-invariant. Left-invariance ...
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Can a volume form on a submanifold be extended to a parallel form in a neighbourhood?

Let $(M^{n+1},g)$ be a Riemannian manifold and let $\Sigma^n \hookrightarrow M$ be a smooth, closed, embedded submanifold. Let $\Omega$ be the volume form of $\Sigma$. It is well-known that a volume ...
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Derivative of a group action

Let $\phi : G \times M \rightarrow M$ be a group action on a smooth manifold $M$ and Lie group $G$. Then we define $$f(t):=\phi(g(t),d(t)).$$ where $g: I \rightarrow G$ and $d: I \rightarrow M$ are ...
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Construct a diffeomorphism $\phi:M\to M$ such that $\phi(p)=q$ and also $d\phi(X_p)=Y_q$

PROBLEM: Construct a diffeomorphism $\phi:M\to M$ such that $\phi(p)=q$ and also $d\phi(X_p)=Y_q$, where $M$ is a connected smooth manifold and $p,q \in M$ , $X_p \in T_pM$ and $Y_q \in T_qM$ I know ...
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Surface area of a slightly deformed sphere

Consider the unit sphere, which can either be described by $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$ or by the equation $r(\theta,\phi)=1$, where $(r,\theta,\phi)$ are spherical polar coordinates. I define a deformed sphere ...
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Divergence and formal adjoint operators: are they bounded/continuous?

Let $(M,g)$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold. The divergence operator is the map \begin{align*} \delta_g:\Gamma^k(S^2M)&\rightarrow\Gamma^{k-1}(T^*M)\\ ...
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On singular points of parallels

Say $\gamma$ is a unit speed curve and its parallel is given by $$ p (t) = \gamma (t) + d n(t)$$ where $n$ is the unit normal vector and $d$ is some scalar. I read that The parallels of a ...
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On reparametrisation of curves (sorry for trivial question but I'm confused)

I'm confused about speed and reparametrisations of curves. To illustrate my confusion please let me elaborate using the simplest example I could think of: Let $\gamma : [0, 2 \pi ) \to \mathbb R^2$ ...
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Parallels of a parameterised curve if not unit speed

I just read that if $\gamma$ is a curve given in unit speed parametrisation then the parametrisation of a parallel curve is given by $$ p(s) = \gamma (s) + d n(s)$$ where $n$ is the unit normal to ...
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Abstract definition of a differential operator

In Kolar, Michor, and Slovak, a differential operator is said to be a rule transforming sections of a fibred manifold $Y \to M$ into sections of another fibred manifold $Y' \to M'$. Is this is a ...
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Map of smooth manifolds

Let $M$ and $N$ be smooth, connected $n$-dimensional manifolds. Let $M$ be compact and non-empty. Show that every embedding $f: M \to N$ is a diffeomorphism. So because $f$ is a embedding we have ...
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Derivative group action [duplicate]

Let $\phi : G \times M \rightarrow M$ be a group action on a smooth manifold $M$ and Lie group $G$. Then we define $$f(t):=\phi(g(t),d(t)).$$ Now I'd say: $$f'(t) = D\phi(g(t),d(t))(g'(t),d'(t)).$$ ...
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On a scale of 1 to 10 how far is this manifold from being a normal bundle?

(DIS)-CLAIMER: All the manifolds considered in this post are completely humble and have no additional structure beyond the smooth structure. Let $Y$ be a submanifold of $M$ and let $(-)^0$ denote the ...
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Advanced calculus: Solving quaternion differential equations

I have a system of two differential equations $$\frac{\partial X(t)}{\partial t}=a_1 A X(t)+a_2X(t) B+a_3 C Y(t)+a_4Y(t) D+a_5$$ $$\frac{\partial Y(t)}{\partial t}=b_1 E X(t)+b_2X(t) F+b_3 G ...
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Integral curves on immersed submanifold

An exercise of the book "Introduction to smooth manifolds - John M. Lee" asks to prove that if $S$ is a closed embedded submanifold of a manifold $M$, and $X$ is a vector field on $M$ tangent to $S$, ...
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The lie bracket as a limit

Let $M$ be a manifold and $f_t$ be the monoparametric group of local transformations generated by a vector field $X$. Suppose $w$ is a $k$-form and $x_1,\dots,x_k$ are vector fields. How can we see ...
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second fundamental form and connection forms

I am reading this paper that has the following: Suppose $M$ is an (n-1) dimensional closed hyper surface immersed in $\mathbb{R}^{n}$. Let $e_1, \cdots, e_n$ be orthonormal frame in $\mathbb{R}^n$ ...
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how much differential structure can we put on countable manifolds?

The motivation for this question is that I would like to formulate Lagrangian mechanics in a purely discrete setting (see also my older question at physics.se). Unfortunately several key pieces of ...