The failure of "parallel transport around a closed loop" to be the identity map. Studied in differential geometry, it is intimately tied with curvature.

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Holonomy reduction from constant spinors

Let $(M,g)$ be a $d$-dimensional Riemannian oriented, spin, manifold, and let us denote by $S$ the corresponding spinor bundle. The Levi-Civita connection $\nabla$ on $(M,g)$ lifts to a unique spin ...
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basic question about holonomy

I'm struggling to understand how conditions on the metric put conditions on the holonomy group and vice-versa. My understanding is that the holonomy principle says that there's a one-to-one ...
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For a surface with $K=0$ everywhere, show that the holonomy group reduces to the identity element.

Consider a connected surface $S$ embedded in $\Bbb R^3$ and let $\alpha$ be a closed path in $S$ connecting $p\in S$ back to itself. Now we define $P_{\alpha}$ as the effect of parallel transport on a ...
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On a flat surface, can a holonomy can be nontrivial around certain curves

On a flat surface, can a holonomy can be nontrivial around certain curves? How is this possible?
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What is a thin loop?

I read one definition of a thin loop: $\gamma$ is a thin loop if there exists a homotopy of $\gamma$ to the trivial loop with the image of the homotopy lying entirely within the image of $\gamma$. ...
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Holonomy representation: is it actually a class of representations?

In D. Joyce's book "Riemannian Holonomy Groups and Calibrated Geometry" (2007) the author writes that if $\nabla$ is a connection on a vector bundle $E$ (over a connected base) with the fibre $\mathbb ...
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Multiple points in the parallel transport equation

Let $E \to M$ be a vector bundle with connection $\nabla$, $\gamma \colon [0,1] \to M$ a smooth curve. A section $s = \gamma^* \tilde s$, $\tilde s \in \Gamma(E)$ of $\gamma^* E$ is called parallel if ...
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Homology and topological propeties

i have this theorem with it's proof but i don't understand the last part They use this proposition: My question is Why $\varphi^c\cap U_i$ is closed and pairwise disjoint ? where ...
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Flat connection with non-trivial holonomy? I cannot get it

maybe this is a dumb question, but I cannot understand how a principal $G$-bundle can have non-trivial holonomy with a flat connection. Maybe I'm missing something, but doesn't Ambrose-Singer theorem ...
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Holonomy group as a quotient group of $\text{GL}(k,\mathbb{R})$

Currently, I'm reading the script of a Global Analysis lecture at my university. There, we look at a real vector-bundle $(E,\pi,M)$ of rank $k$ with a given connection $\nabla$ and define the ...
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About two notions of holonomy

I have found something called "holonomy" in two apparently different contexts: Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, $E\to M$ a vector bundle and $\nabla $ a connection on $E$. Then you have a notion of ...
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holonomic D-modules

I am trying to develop an intuition about holonomic D-modules and find the literature formidable (I study physics). My question is, given a linear differential operator in n-variables, ...
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If a connection on a principal $G$-bundle restricts to an $H$-subbundle, must its holonomy lie in $H$?

Let $P \to M$ be a principal $G$-bundle, equipped with a principal connection $D$. Let $Q \subset P$ be a principal subbundle with fiber $H$, where $H \leq G$ is a (let's say closed and connected) ...
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Can one exchange fibre and base space in a fibre bundle?

The first trivial example of a fibre bundle $E$ is a product bundle $E=F \times B$, with fibre $F$ and base space $B$. Of course in this trivial example, one can exchange base space and fibre and ...
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Why is the restricted holonomy the identity component of the holonomy group?

Let $M$ be a connected smooth paracompact manifold, $E$ a vector bundle over $M$ with fibre $\mathbb R^k$, and $\nabla$ a connection on $E$. It is known that Hol$^0(\nabla)$ is a connected Lie ...
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Holonomy and Differential Characters

This question is going to be rather vague, but I'm just trying to see if there are obvious connections between these two concepts. So the holonomy of a vector bundle with Lie group $G$ is ...
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Ambrose Singer Theorem

I wish to learn about holonomy groups of Riemannian manifolds and the Ambrose- Singer theorem. Please advise some references other than the original paper of Ambrose and Singer.
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Absolutely rough planes

What is an absolutely rough plane? Can you give an analytical expression of one? Why cannot a rigid body slide on a rough plane? Why does the point of contact not move in an infinitesimal movement of ...
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What is curvature, in terms of holonomy functors?

It is well known and understood that linear connections, as holonomy functors, are composition-preserving mappings from the path groupoid to a structure group $G$. This extends the idea of a 1-form ...
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Berger's theorem on holonomy

Can someone clarify to me what the correct hypothesis of Berger's theorem are (if at all what I write is correct)? Theorem: assume $M$ is a Riemannian manifold, with irreducible reduced holonomy ...
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Holonomy of the sphere

I saw an example in which the holonomy of $\mathbb{S}^n$ with the standard metric is calculated. I'm just starting to get familiar with holonomy groups and I wanted to know what could one do by ...
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How does the holonomy act on the tangent space at a point?

Suppose $(X,h)$ is a compact $n$-dimensional Hermitian manifold, with holonomy group $H$. Now we know,since $X$ is a complex manifold, that $H\subset U(n)$, and that there is a representation of $H$ ...
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Does the Levi-Civita connection determine the metric?

Can I reconstruct a Riemannian metric out of its Levi-Civita connection? In other words: Given two Riemannian metrics $g$ and $h$ on a manifold $M$ with the same Levi-Civita connection, can I conclude ...
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Holonomy group of quotient manifold

Let $(M,g_M)$ be a compact Riemannian manifold with holonomy group $Hol(M,g_M)$. Suppose that a finite group $G$ acts on $M$ freely and preserves the metric $g$. What can one say about the holonomy ...