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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Differential forms on fuzzy manifolds

This post will take a bit to set up properly, but it is an easy read (and most likely easy to answer); in any event, please bear with me. Question In the usual setting of open subsets of ...
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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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What is magical about Cartan's magic formula?

Why is Cartan's magic formula $$\mathscr{L}_X\omega = i_Xd\omega + d(i_X\omega)$$ called "magic"? Should it be considered a highly surprising result? Does it "magically" prove several other ...
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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 fiber bundle over Euclidean space is trivial.

What's the easiest way to see this? The only thing I could think to do was try to patch together trivializations. I couldn't find a way to make that work. Thank you! edit: For the record, here's why ...
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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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Big geometry grad schools - for an average applicant

What are some schools that have a lot of geometry going on, but that might accept some middle-of-the-range applicants? Let me add some context... I left grad school (UC Davis) with an MS in 2012 ...
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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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Why is the Leibniz rule a sufficient ingredient in the construction of the tangent space?

This is a very soft question, but I am wondering if anyone can shed light on why it is that the product rule (and linearity) provide exactly the right requirement for the space of derivations to be ...
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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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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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Stokes theorem on Lipschitz-manifolds?

I was wondering if Stokes' theorem could be formulated in a setting which could be easily applied in situations where the traditional form cannot, such as on manifolds with corners like a rectangle or ...
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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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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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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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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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Translating a passage of a paper by L. Bérard Bergery

I am currently studying the following paper on Einstein manifolds: L. Bérard Bergery, Sur de nouvelles variétés riemanniennes d'Einstein, Inst. Elie Cartan, Univ. Nancy №6, 1-60 (1983). I have ...
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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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Intuitive meaning of immersion and submersion

What is immersion and submersion at the intuitive level.what can be visually done in each case?
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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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Laplace-Beltrami Operator for Euclidean Space

Consider the space $\mathbb{R}^n$ and let $x_1,\ldots, x_n$ be the coordinates. Fix the orientation $dx_1\wedge dx_2\ldots\wedge dx_n$. Let $E^p$ denote the space of smooth $p$ forms and let $d$ ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the generalization of Gauss's Theorem to a manifold?

In a (pseudo-)Riemannian manifold with constant basis vectors, one certainly has that the integral of the divergence of a tensor field $T$ over a submanifold $\Omega$ is equal to the integral over the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Poincaré-Hopf theorem and its applications

I'm reading the basics of differential topology to try to understand the Poincaré-Hopf theorem, its proof and its applications. My plan is as follows: 1) Study transversality: its homotopy stability ...
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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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sheaf of differential forms - tangent sheaf [Hartshorne]

I'm reading section 8 Differentials of chapter 2 in Hartshorne. It's is extremely hard to me to understand the nature of the definitions: module of relative differential forms - sheaf of relative ...
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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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Do balls optimize the boundary area for a fixed volume?

I recently saw this question, asking if the circle is the planar figure which has the least perimeter given the area. As far as I know, this is a classical problem, and the answer is affirmative. I am ...
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Isomorphism between spaces of sections.

Let $M$ be a compact manifold and let $E_i \xrightarrow{\Large \pi_i} M$, $i = 1, 2$, be two (real or complex) vector bundles of the same rank $k$ over $M$. Assume we have metrics $g_1, g_2$ on $E_1$, ...
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Identification of integration on smooth chains with ordinary integration

Let $M$ be a smooth oriented $n$-dimensional manifold and denote by $A \in H_n(M;\mathbb{Z})$ the fundamental class of $M$ (a generator of singular homology consistent with the orientation of $M$). ...
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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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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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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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Lie group action from infinitesimal action

I would like to ask, how to deduce a Lie group action, from infinitesimal action of its Lie algebra (the so called Lie-Palais theorem). More precisely, given a differential manifold $M$ and a Lie ...
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How important is Differential Geometry for Number Theory?

The title pretty much says it. To elaborate slightly, I am, of course, aware of the huge role played by Algebraic Geometry in Number Theory but I'm not so sure about Differential Geometry. I would be ...