In the area of mathematics known as differential topology, Morse theory enables one to analyze the topology of a manifold by studying differentiable functions on that manifold. (Def: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_theory)

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Does the Morse-Bott index of a critical point depend on the choice of metric?

By the Morse lemma there exists a coordinate chart $(x_1,...,x_n)$ in the neighbourhood of a critical point $p$ of a Morse function $f : M^n \to \mathbb{R}$ such that \begin{equation*} f(x) = f(p) - ...
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Heegaard splitting via a Morse function - twisted union or not?

Let $M$ be a smooth, closed, connected, oriented 3-manifold and let $f: M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a self-indexing Morse function. Since $\frac{3}{2}$ is a regular value of $f$ it follows from Morse ...
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Proof of the last part of the Reeb theorem

I'm trying to prove Reeb's theorem as stated in Milnor's Morse Theory. Suppose we have an $n$-manifold $M$ together with a smooth function $f$ with exactly two critical points (both ...
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Manifold in Milnors Morse Theory

While reading "Morse Theory" by Milnor, I noticed that certain arguments would not work, if the considered manifolds have nonempty boundary. Example: Proof of 3.5 I could not find the definition ...
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What can be said about the space of vector fields for which a given, say $C^1$, function is a Lyapunov function?

I am learning Morse homology and I have been thinking about the following observation. One way of doing, say finite-dimensional, Morse theory is by fixing a Morse function $f\in C^{\infty}(M)$, where ...
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Application of Morse Inequalities

I am an undergraduate student interested in morse theory. I understand, that the morse inequalities provide an lower bound for the number of critical points morse functions on a manifold can take. One ...
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How does Morse theory on non-compact manifolds differ from compact manifolds?

What is the Morse homology of a non-compact manifold? When is it, as in the compact case, isomorphic to singular homology of the underlying manifold? What other constructions can be identified with ...
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Preimage of singular points of smooth map between manifolds

Given a smooth ($C^{\infty}$) map $\phi: V \rightarrow SU(n)$ where $V$ is a (finite dim, real) vector space (of potentially very large dimension) and $SU(n)$ is the special unitary Lie group, what ...
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Morse lemma implies nondegenerate critical points are isolated

It might be a stupid question. I don't quite know how we get the conclusion " Non-degenerate critical points are isolated" from Morse lemma. I know around each non-degenerate critical point we have a ...
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References on cancellation of critical points

I'm not sure if I am using the terms correctly. Suppose you have, for example, a Morse function $f : S^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ with 2 critical points of index 0, 1 critical point of index 1, and 1 ...
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Perturb a given smooth function to a Morse function relative to fixed level sets, which are already fine.

Let $M$ be a manifold (not necessarily compact) , for the sake of clearness embedded in $\mathbb{R^n}$ and $f\colon M\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a smooth function. The theorem of Sard gives us that ...
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Understanding Result on Non-Degenerate Critical Points

I read a result in a collected works of Steven Smale and one result leapt out at me which I'm clearly not understanding. Stated: Theorem 1.1 (a): Suppose $J: M \to \mathbb{R}$ is a $C^2$ ...
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Proof of Reeb's theorem without using Morse Lemma

I'm trying to prove Reeb's theorem as stated in Milnor's Morse Theory. That is, suppose we have an $n$-manifold $M$ together with a smooth function $f$ with exactly two critical points (both ...
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Why gradient-like dynamical systems are special case of Morse-Smale systems?

I'm studying Morse Theory and my question is exactly as stated in the above title. I can't see how a gradient-like dynamical system could be considered as a Morse-Smale system? Thanks in advance for ...
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Is Gauss curvature a Morse function?

Given a Gauss map $\nu: M \rightarrow S^k$ of a orientable, compact manifold, we define the shape operator $S_p = -d \nu: T_p M \rightarrow T_{\nu(p)} S^k$ to be the negative differential. Define the ...
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How level sets look like when a critical point degenerate?

I'd like to know an explicit example of a compact, connected manifold $M$ and a smooth function $f\colon M \to \mathbb{R}$ which satisfy the following properties: We denote by $m$ the minimal value ...
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Why not develop a Hamiltonian-based Morse theory?

I have begun to learn the basics of Morse theory and Floer homology. I understand that Floer homology is the natural theory for symplectic manifolds, but from my preliminary knowledge of Morse theory ...
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Question About Local minimum

I have this definition of a local minimum: We say that $u$ is a local minimum of $f$ is there exist a neighborhood $V$ of $u$ such that for all $v\in V$ $f(v)\geq f(u).$ So we say that $u$ is not a ...
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The space of minimal geodesics on $SU(2m)$

In the proof of Bott periodicity for the unitary group in Milnor's Morse theory (Lemma 23.1, page 128), it is asserted that the space of minimal geodesics from $I$ to $-I$ in the special unitary group ...
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The main theorem of discrete Morse theory.

I don't understand this part of the proof on page 16 of the following paper. http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~aar/papers/forman5.pdf
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Making a gradient-like vector field a gradient vector field via choosing a Riemannian metric.

Let $\xi$ be a vector field on manifold $M^n$ which is a gradient-like vector field for a some Morse function $f$. Prove that there exists a Riemannian metric on $M$ such that $\xi$ is a gradient ...
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Sheaf-theoretic approach to Morse functions?

It is known that one can define a smooth structure on a manifold using a sheaf-theoretic formulation via defining the algebra of the (a fortiori) smooth functions on it (which satisfies the usual ...
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Limits of trajectory of gradient flow in Hilbert space

I have been studying about gradient flow in Hilbert space of a Morse function $f$. Specifically, let $X$ be a Hilbert space and $f : X\to \mathbb R$ be $C^3$ function. The gradient flow here is ...
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On the Euler characteristic in Morse Theory

Let $f:M\to \Bbb{R}$ be a Morse function, where $M$ is a $k$-manifold. The index $i_{f,p}$ is defined to be the number of negative eigenvalues of the Hessian $H_f$ at the critical point $p$. For ...
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Prove directly Morse lemma for real line $\mathbb{R}$

The exercise 9 section 7 chapter 1 in Guillemin & Pollak state the next Prove directly Morse lemma for real line $\mathbb{R}$.(Hint:Use this elementary calculus lemma: for any function on ...
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Cutting a surface at critical levels produces cylinders

Let $F$ a closed surface with isolated critical points and a homeomorphism $g: F \rightarrow F$ that maps critical levels to critical levels. Let us cut the surface $F$ by the critical levels. Do we ...
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Intuition about Morse functions

We have defined: a Morse function on $X$ is a smooth function $f:X\rightarrow\mathbb R$ with only non-degenerate critical values. I tried to get some intuition about this, and found the section Basic ...
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A question related to the topology of the level sets of a particular type of smooth functions $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to \mathbb{R}$.

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^2\to\mathbb{R}$ be a smooth function without critical points; i.e. such that $\nabla f(x)\neq (0,0)$, for all $x\in\mathbb{R}^2$. Is it true or false that all the level curves of $f$ ...
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Manifold allowing function with two critical points is sphere

The only closed manifolds which allow a function with two (maybe degenerate) critical points are spheres. In dimension 2 it is quite easy to prove, but what is about higher dimensions?
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Morse's polynomial and Poincaré's polynomial equality

Suppose $M$ is a compact smooth manifold with Morse's polynomial $\mathcal{M}(t)$ and Poincaré's polynomial $\mathcal{P}(t)$ satisfying $\mathcal{M}(t)=\mathcal{P}(t)$ for any coefficient field ...
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Tubular neighborhoods in the proof of the Morse homology theorem

I have a question regarding the proof of the Morse homology theorem given by D. Salamon in "Morse theory, the Conley index and Floer homology". The full text can be found here: ...
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Basic idea for finding critical point via Morse theory

Please what is the basic idea for finding critical point via Morse theory and critical groups? Thank you
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Morse theory Vs degree theory

I have this paragraph from K.C. Chang Infinite dimensional Morse theory In comparison with degree theory, which has proved very useful in nonlinear analysis in proving existence and in ...
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Morse functions dense in a trigonometric polynomial space

Let $V$ be the vector space of trigonometric polynomials of degree $\le D$ on the flat torus $\mathbb T^n$. That is, $$V=\operatorname{Span}\left\{\cos (2\pi \lambda \cdot x), \sin (2\pi \lambda \cdot ...
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Open problems in variational analysis/PDEs

I wasn't sure whether this question was more appropriate for StackExchange or Overflow, but in any case I would really appreciate it if any active researchers in the field responded. I'm a PhD ...
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Proof of the h-cobordism theorem

I am currently learning Morse theory. Having read Milnors "Morse Theory" I am now studying his "Lectures on the h-cobordism theorem". I have also read parts of "Lectures on Morse Homology" by Banyaga ...
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Cup product in Morse cohomology

Dualizing the Morse complex, we obtain the Morse cohomology, which is isomorphic to the usual singular cohomology and thus admits a cup product. Does anybody know how this cup product would look like ...
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Family of Morse functions made constant

I'm looking for a proof of the following theorem: Let $f_t$ be a family of real-valued Morse functions defined on a smooth compact manifold $M$, and where $t$ is in $[0,1]$ (So for all value of $t$, ...
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Converting a space to a simplicial set

Given a compact manifold and a Morse function, we obtain a convenient cellular decomposition. But suppose I have a (finite dimensional, possibly singular) space $X$ that is not a manifold and I wish ...
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How an empty set is collapsed to a point?

In the original book of Conley Index Theory: Isolated Invariant Sets and the Morse Index chp3.3, p6, Charles Conley mentioned that ...
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a question related with morse theory [duplicate]

Show that there exists no smooth function $f:\mathbb{R}^2→\mathbb{R}$,such that $f(x,y)\geq 0$ for any $(x,y)\in\mathbb{R}^2$, with exactly two critical points$(x_1,y_1)\in\mathbb{R}^2$, ...
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Prove no existing a smooth function satisfying … related to Morse Theory

i) Show that there does not exist a smooth function $f:\mathbb{R} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, s.t. $f(x) \geq 0$, $\forall x \in \mathbb{R}$, $f$ has exactly two critical points, $x_1,x_2\in\mathbb{R}$ ...
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Can a proper Morse function $\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R}$ have infinitely many critical points?

Depending on interpretation, there may be an assumption missing from Exercise 6.1.4(a) in Liviu I. Nicolaescu's Invitation to Morse Theory: Suppose $f : \mathbb{R} → \mathbb{R}$ is a proper Morse ...
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Looking for a good book on Morse-Bott functions.

I am looking for a book to study for the first time Morse-Bott functions. Does anyone know one that is easy to follow and detailed? If there is one connecting this subject with symplectic geometry, it ...
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Introductory references for Morse theory

In view of my master's thesis, I have to learn the basics of Morse theory (defining the morse complex, showing that Morse homology is isomorphic to singular homology...) I have been told that ...
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The Morse complex of a manifold with boundary

For a smooth manifold with boundary $M$ and $\partial M = V_+ \cup V_-$ two disjoint sets of boundary components, one usually defines the Morse complex of $M$ using a Morse-Smale pair $(f,X)$ such ...
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Using a Morse function to find the number of points of each index

During my Algebraic Topology course, we began to talk a bit about Morse functions. I was a bit lost on the topic, and my notes are lacking, so coming across this problem, I'm not really sure what to ...
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Number of cells in a minimal cell structure for a non-simply connected manifold?

I have obtained a cell structure of a connected (but not simply connected) manifold using Morse theory. Is there any way for me to know whether this cell structure is minimal?
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Why is $[\widetilde{v},\widetilde{w}]_p(f)=0$ when $f$ has a critical point at $p$?

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $f$ a smooth function $M\to\mathbb{R}$. Let $p$ be a critical point of $f$. We define the Hessian of $f$ at $p$ to be the symmetric bilinear functional $f_{**}$ on ...
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Sphere construction from cells

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_theory In the link, there is this statement 'The number of critical points of index $\gamma$ of $f : M → \mathbb{R}$ is equal to the number of $γ$ cells in the CW ...