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What is the algebraic structure of functions with fixed points?

So I just noticed that the set of functions with a fixed point $$f(x_0)=x_0,$$ are closed under composition $$(f\circ g)(x):=g(f(x)),$$ and with $e(x)=x$, the inverible functions even seem to form ...
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Invariant submanifolds

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, and let $N$ be a submanifold. Let $V$ be a smooth vector field on $M$ which generates a flow $\Phi_t$ on $M$. My intuition tells me (perhaps modulo some technical ...
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Infinite dimensional constant rank theorem

Suppose you have an analytic map $\phi : E \rightarrow \mathbb{C}^n$, where $E$ is a complex Banach space, and such that the rank of $D \phi$ is constant. Is it true then that the set ...
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Fundamental group of a compact manifold

In an article I am currently reading, the author tells us that for compact (finite dimensional topological) manifolds X and finite groups $\Gamma$, the set $$\mathrm{Hom}(\pi_1X,\Gamma)/\Gamma$$ where ...
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When is a fibration a fiber bundle?

In this question I am using Wiki's definitions for fibration and fiber bundle. I want to be general in asking my question, but I am mostly interested in smooth compact manifolds and smooth fibrations ...
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Munkres' Question on Manifolds

In Munkres' 'Analysis on Manifolds' on pg. 208 there's a question which reads: QUESTION: Let $f:\mathbb R^{n+k}\to \mathbb R^n$ be of class $\mathscr C^r$. Let $M$ be the set of all the points ...
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Elliptic Regularity on Manifolds

Sorry if this has been asked before. Are there are books which talk about elliptic regularity on manifolds? Everything I've been able to find has been about $\mathbb{R}^N$. Can every question about ...
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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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Conditions for a group to admit the structure of a Lie group

This question is motivated by a previous one: Conditions for a smooth manifold to admit the structure of a Lie group and wants to be a sort of "converse". Here I am taking an abstract group $G$ and ...
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Fixed Point Involutions

In recent reading on Riemann surfaces and complex manifolds (primary Miranda with a few random finds online), I encountered the notion of involutions, in particular fixed point involutions. We recall ...
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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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Domain invariance for smooth functions

The domain invariance theorem states that for an open set $U\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and a continuous and injective mapping $f:U\to \mathbb{R}^n,$ the image $f(U)\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ is open. I've read ...
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Example of charts on $\mathbb{R}$ that are $\mathcal{C}^r$ compatible but not $\mathcal{C}^{r+1}$ compatible.

Is there a simple example of two charts where this is the case? I'm struggling to think up one.
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Homological definition of orientation at a boundary point?

For a topological manifold $M^m$, an orientation at a point $x \in M$ can be defined as a choice of generator for $H_m (M, M-x)$. For a topological manifold with boundary this definition still makes ...
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Gluing manifolds

Is it true that gluing can be realized two ways? In the example of gluing two cylinders to obtain a torus one can imbed each cylinders into the torus like this: A point $(\cos \phi , \sin \phi, ...
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Does every non-compact manifold admit an incomplete vector field?

I know that every vector field on a compact manifold is complete. The question of whether every non-compact manifold admits an incomplete vector field seems to follow naturally. I'd hazard a guess ...
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Alternate pullback bundle construction

If $\pi : F \to N$ is a fiber bundle, and $\phi : M \to N$ (here, $M$ and $N$ are manifolds), then the standard way to define the pullback bundle of $F$ by $\phi$ is $$\phi^* F := \{(m,f) \in M ...
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Heegaard Splitting of Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

For pairwise coprime integers $(p,q,r)$, we define a Brieskorn homology 3-spheres by $\Sigma(p,q,r)=\{(z_1,z_2,z_3)\in\mathbb{C}^3 | z_1^p+z_2^q+z_3^r=0, |z_1|^2+|z_2|^2+|z_3|^2=1\}$. I want to know ...
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Invariance of Wall's self-intersection under the regular homotopy

For an immersion $f\colon N^n\to M^{2n}$ with fixed lift $\tilde{f}\colon N\to \tilde{M}$ and $N,M,\tilde{M}$ are oriented, first we define a unordered double point set $S_2[f]=\lbrace(x_1,x_2)\in ...
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Fundamental solution to Laplace equation on arbitrary Riemann surfaces

So, I've seen in a few places this method of calculating the heat kernel on a manifold given the kernel of its universal cover, through a so-called 'tiling method' as in section five of this paper ...
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Flowing a vector along a vector field $X$ using the pushforward of the flow of $X$

On the three-sphere $S^3$, I'm given three vector fields $X$, $Y$ and $Z$, such that at each point $p\in S^3$, the tangent vectors $X_p$, $Y_p$ and $Z_p$ form an orthogonal basis of the tangent space ...
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Lie Bracket and vector fields

Could you please help me solve it? Let X and Y be smooth vector fields on $\mathbb{R}^n$. Suppose that $[X,Y]=0$ (Lie bracket). Show that around each point there exists local diffeomorphism f such ...
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Cone is a submanifold iff it is a vector subspace

Could you tell me how to prove the following? Let $\emptyset \neq M \subset \mathbb{R}^n $ be a cone ($\forall x \in M, t \in \mathbb{R} : tx \in M $ ), $0 \le d \le n.$ Prove that $M$ is a $d$ ...
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Top de Rham cohomology

I just realized that I never really understood why $H_{dR}^n(M, \mathbb{R}) = \mathbb{R}$ if $M$ is compact and $H_{dR}^n(M, \mathbb{R}) = \{0\}$ if $M$ is not compact (provided that's true?). I'm ...
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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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Diffeomorphism invariant scalars of a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g_{ab})$ be a Riemannian manifold. I know of the following scalars that one can construct them out of the metric and its derivatives: Ricci scalar $R$ $R_{ab}R^{ab}$ $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$ ...
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Is $G$ a lie group if left multiplication is smooth and multiplication is smooth near $e$?

Suppose $G$ is a smooth manifold and also a topological group. Also suppose that left multiplication $L_g : G \rightarrow G$ is smooth for any $g \in G$. Finally suppose that the multiplication map is ...
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Equivalent definitions of Tangent space - 2

L.S., In my book Vector Analysis by Klaus Jänich, Three different 'versions' of the Tangent space of a point $p$ at a differentiable variety are being discussed. The 'geometrical': the set of ...
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For what kinds of manifolds $\dim T_pM=\dim M$ holds?

Does the truth that $\dim T_pM=\dim M$ hold only for differentiable manifolds or for all topological ones?
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A good reference for learning about super-differentiation & super-integration?

I've looked at a couple of books for basic information for super-differentiation & super-integration - Rogers Supermanifolds, and Khrennikovs Superanalysis. Unfortunately both books lack a clear ...
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Visualization of immersed submanifold

I am trying to visualize the difference between immersed submanifold and embedded submanifold. At first, I thought that, for example, if I can embed manifold $M$ in $\mathbb{R}^4$ and if my friend can ...
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Differentiable manifolds, Serge Lang

I have started reading "Introduction to differentiable manifolds" by Serge Lang. In this book, Lang takes a different approach, by immediately introducing manifolds on arbitrary Banach spaces. His ...
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Levi-Civita Connection for 2-dimensional Riemannian manifold

I'm trying to show the following. Suppose $(M, g)$ is a $2$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with connection $\nabla$. Suppose also that $\nabla$ is metric compatible, and that length extremizing ...
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Prove Poincare duality theorem with Morse theory.

First let us consider a smooth n-manifold. And find a Morse function f. Now let's consider -f. A singular point of f with index k is a singular point of -f with index n-k. Thus we have a canonical ...
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A Simons' type inequality

I have a problem with the inequality (5) in the article 'Estimates for stable minimal surfaces in three dimensional manifolds' of R.Schoen. As the author suggests this inequality comes from 'well ...
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non-constant curve c with $\frac{\mathrm{d}c}{\mathrm{d}t}= \lambda\frac{\mathrm{d}^2c}{\mathrm{d}t^2}$

I don't know how to solve the following problem and would appreciate some help. Let $M$ be a submanifold of euclidean space and $c:[a,b] \to M$ a non-constant curve, such that the velocity field of ...
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de Rham Cohomology of Non-Flat Bundle

Let $E$ be a smooth vector bundle on a smooth manifold $M$. If $E$ is flat, there is a connection $\nabla$ which is a differential which we can use to define the de Rham cohomology of $E$. If $E$ ...
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Schwartz Space on a Manifold

On $\mathbb{R}^n$, the Schwartz space is an incredibly nice space of functions, and in many ways is more natural than $C_c^\infty (\mathbb{R}^n)$. On a manifold $M$, it of course still makes sense to ...
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What is the kernel of a Maurer-Cartan form?

The Maurer-Cartan form on the Lie group $Gl(n,\mathbb{R})$ is a one-form taking values in $\mathfrak{gl}(n,\mathbb{R})$ as defined in the link. It has a rather concrete "extrinsic definition" as ...
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Variational Problem on a manifold - bounding my functional from below

Let $(M, g_{ij})$ be a compact Riemannian manifold. Let $f \in C^{0,\alpha}(M)$ be a given function. I have the linear operator $L = \Delta h - 12u^2h$, where $u \in C^{2,\alpha}$. I need to show ...
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Does a “typical” reproducing kernel on a manifold generate an infinite-dimensional RKHS?

Let $M$ be a finite dimensional manifold and $k:M\times M\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ a smooth reproducing kernel. Is the set of all such $k$ with the property that the reproducing kernel Hilbert space ...
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Concrete non trivial computation of Morse homology

I am studying Morse homology and have found only examples on spheres and tori so far. Of course the homology of these manifolds is better understood by other more standard methods, so I am having ...
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Homological Interpretation of the intersection number

Let $M^r$ and $N^s$ be smooth submanifolds of the smooth manifold $V^{r+s}$ and $M,N,V$ compact, connected and orientable. The Thom-Isomorphism together with the Tubular Neighbourhood Theorem gives me ...
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Visualizing Frobenius Theorem

Given a smooth vector field $v$ on a (finite dimensional) manifold $M$, one can find the associated integral curves i.e. integral submanifolds of M such that the tangent space at any point $p\in M$ is ...
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Lie differentiation operation for manifolds

Let $S^1$ be the unit sphere $x_1^2+x_2^2=1$ in $\mathbb{R}^2$ and let $X=S^1\times S^1\in\mathbb{R}^4$ with defining equations $f_1=x_1^2+x_2^2-1=0, f_2=x_3^2+x_4^2-1=0$. Let ...
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Product of manifolds & orientability

I'm studying orientability of manifolds currently and I'm having trouble to prove the following: $M\times N$ is orientable iff $M$ and $N$ are orientable. I am able to prove that the product is ...
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how to obtain a generalized Morse function out of a fiber bundle?

Let $M\to E\to B$ be a smooth fiber bundle. In "Parametrized Morse Theory and Its Applications,(Proceedings of the ICM, 1990)", K. Igusa says that if dim $B$$<$dim $M$, then, there exists a smooth ...
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Submanifold of a regular value of a manifold with boundary

Question: Suppose $M$ is a smooth manifold with boundary, $N$ is a smooth manifold, and $F:M\rightarrow N$ is a smooth map. Let $S=F^{-1}(c)$, where $c\in N$ is a regular value of both $F$ and ...
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A question about submanifolds

I need help with the following problem: Let $M$ be a connected smooth manifold. Let $f\colon M\to M$ be a smooth mapping satisfying $f(f(x))=f(x)$ for each $x \in M$. Show that $f(M)$ is an ...
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Is $X$ diffeomorphic to its diagonal?

I missed geometry in school, I'm trying to fill in the gaps by reading Pollack's Differential Topology. Am I doing this right? This is #16 in the first section. Show the diagonal $\Delta$ of $X\times ...