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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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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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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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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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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A Way to make the following “proof” of the Hairy Ball Theorem rigorous?

I plan on giving a talk soon to undergraduates and I'd like to talk about the hairy ball theorem during the talk. I was trying to think of some sort of visually intuitive proof of this fact. (I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Helices in Lorentz-Minkowski space $\Bbb L^3$.

Context: Consider the Lorentz-Minkowski space $\Bbb L^3$, with the metric: $$ds^2 = dx^2 + dy^2 - dz^2$$ (which I'll denote just by $\langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle$) If $\alpha$ is spacelike and ${\bf ...
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Picture behind $SO(3)/SO(2)\simeq S^2$

Is there some kind of intuitive/waving hand argument to explain that $$SO(3)/SO(2) \simeq S^2 \; ?$$
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Two definitions of $H^1(\partial\Omega)$, one using charts and one use tangential gradients

Let $\Omega$ be a bounded Lipschitz domain with boundary $\partial\Omega$. There are two ways to define a space $H^1(\partial\Omega)$: By using charts, we can define $H^1(\partial\Omega)$ to ...
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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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“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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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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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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Dimension of diffeomorphism groups preserving some $2$-tensor.

For a finite-dimensional smooth manifold $M$, let $\mathrm{Diff}(M)$ be its diffeomorphism group. Suppose we are given a $2$-tensor $\mathcal{K}$ on $M$, and let $$\mathrm{Diff}_{~\mathcal{K}}(M) = ...
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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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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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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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1-form with positive integral over a path

Given any smooth path $\gamma$ on a manifold $M$, when can we construct a 1-form $\omega \in \Omega^1(M)$ so that $\int_{\gamma} \omega > 0$? It is easy to see that such $\omega$ exists if the path ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Second Variation of Area Functional

This is a follow up question from this one. I have proved that given a parametrized surface ${\bf x}$, the mean curvature is zero if and only if it is a critical point of the area functional. Then ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Which manifolds are zero sets of $\mathbb R^n$ valued maps

If $M$ is a smooth manifold, then any framed submanifold $N$ is the preimage $f^{-1}(y) $ for a smooth sphere-valued map $f$ transversal to $y$, with the framing of the normal bundle induced by $f$. ...
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Does there exist a vector field s.t. all orbits are dense on $\mathbb{R}^2$

Is there a complete vector field such that the all orbits are dense on a contractible manifold? For example, $\mathbb{R}^2$,the interior of a $n$-unit ball.
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Two definitions of real flag manifolds: do they coincide?

Let $G$ be a real semisimple Lie group with finite center. Definition 1 A real flag manifold is a homogeneous space $G/Q$ where $Q$ is a parabolic subgroup of $G$. Definition 2 Let $K$ be a ...
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determinant of the Fubini-Study metric

Is there any easy way to compute the determinant of the Fubini-Study metric, given by: $g_{\alpha\bar{\beta}}=\frac{1}{1+\bar{z}z}\left(\delta_{\alpha\bar{\beta}}-\frac{\bar{z}_\alpha ...
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An imcomprehensible proof on Arnold's Lectures on PDE, contact diffeomorphism

In Lectures on Partial Differential Equations, Arnold gives a theorem in the chapter Huygens' Principle in the Theory of Wave Propagation: Theorem 1 (the theory of support functions). The manifold ...
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Surface integral for a scalar function defined on a discrete surface

Imagine a polyhedral, discrete surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Its faces are all triangles. For each vertex, one can compute the discrete mean and Gaussian curvatures and evaluate the sum of ...
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How are boundary conditions formally captured by the jet bundle approach to differential equations?

In the jet bundle approach to differential equations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_bundle#Partial_differential_equations one identifies the equation with the set of a solution of the ...
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When is There a Solution to “Pullback Equation” of Differential Forms

All: Let $f: M \to N$ be a smooth map between manifolds, and let $w$ be a $1$-form on $M$. Under what conditions is there a $1$-form $z$ defined on $N$ so that $w=f^*z$, i.e., so that $w$ is the ...