(Stub) The study of differential geometry with notions of infinitesimal distance given by a Riemannian metric. This allows us to consider questions about the shape of a manifold by studying its curvature.

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Easy solution to Yamabe problem for surfaces

The Yamabe problem asks if, given a Riemannian manifold $(M,g_0)$, it is possible to find a conformal metric $g$ on $M$ with constant scalar curvature. I would like to know if there is some "easy" ...
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extension of a local orthonormal frame on a hypersurface

Let $N$ be a $(n+1)$-dimensional Riemannian manifold and $M\subset N$ a Riemannian hypersurface (embedded or immersed). Let $M$ and $N$ be oriented and choose a unit normal vector field $\nu$ along ...
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relative sign in hodge * of tensor product

For $\delta_i \in \bigwedge^{k_i}W_i^*$, $i=1,2$, the Hodge $*$-operator of $\delta_1 \otimes \delta_2$ is given by $$ *(\delta_1 \otimes \delta_2)=(-1)^{k_1k_2}(*_1\delta_1) \otimes(*_2 \delta_2)$$ ...
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What is the meaning of the symbol $\nabla^k$?

In T.Aubin's book, a course in differential geometry, he write the formula $\Delta f=-\nabla^k\nabla_kf$ on a Riemannian manifold, but he never define the symbol $\nabla^k$. It seems that the notation ...
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Riemannian Metric Notation

I am just being introduced to Riemannian metrics, and I am having a bit of confusion on the notation. When reading, I've encountered some different notation in different sources, so I want to make ...
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Gradient of norm of embedding

Let $\varphi:(M,g,\nabla)\to\mathbb{R}^n$ be a smooth embedding of a convex hypersurface. I want to explicitly calculate $$\langle \varphi,\varphi_{\ast}(\nabla\|\varphi\|^2)\rangle.$$ In particular, ...
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How do we check conformal equivalence of parametrized surfaces, e.g. parallel surfaces?

Suppose we have two parametrized surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$: $$ X,Y:\mathbb{R}^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3 $$ The induced metric on either surface is the pullback of the Euclidean metric $\bar g$ due ...
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What distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates?

I am trying to identify what characteristic distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates. For concreteness, let's write down the expressions. Polar: $$ x=r \cos(t) \\ y=r \sin(t) $$ ...
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Connected components of the complement of a closed geodesic on a hyperbolic surface.

Let $M$ be homeomorphic to a 2-sphere with a finite number $\geq 3$ of points removed. This implies that $M$ can be equipped with a complete, finite area hyperbolic metric. I imagine $M$ as an ideal ...
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Function whose gradient is of constant norm

Let $f:\mathbb R^n\rightarrow \mathbb R$ be a smooth function such that $\|\nabla f(x)\|=1$ for all $x\in \mathbb R^n$ and $f(0)=0$. I would like to prove that $f$ is linear. I first looked at the ...
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Does the possibility of linear coordinate changes imply that the manifold is Euclidean?

Question. Let $M$ be a smooth manifold admitting an atlas $\mathcal{A}$ (i.e. a collection of coordinate charts that covers the whole manifold) with the following property: for every pair ...
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Interior of a Dirichlet domain in a Riemannian manifold

Let $X\neq\varnothing$ be a complete connected Riemannian manifold. Suppose $G$ is a group of isometries of $X$, acting properly discontinuously on $X$. We assume there is a point $x_0\in X$ such that ...
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What is the exterior normal to the boundary of a Riemannian manifold?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold with boundary $\partial M$. Let $p \in \partial M$ and in local coordinates $(x_1,\ldots,x_n)$ near $p = (0,\ldots,0)$ the manifold $M$ is given by $\{x_n ...
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Question about a particular estimate in Riemannian geometry.

I have been studying the book Some Nonlinear Problems In Riemannian Geometry - Thierry Aubin. On page $46$ he begins the proof of the Sobolev imbedding theorem to manifolds. The proof is divided in ...
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Constant in Sobolev-Poincare inequality on compact manifold $M$; how does it depend on $M$?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$. Let $p$ and $q$ be related by $\frac 1p = \frac 1q - \frac 1n$. There is a constant $C$ such that for all $u \in W^{1,q}(M)$ ...
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Reference for construction on Riemannian Manifolds

I would like to know a book or an article where the connected sum of Riemannian manifolds is explained with some detail. I roughly know how to do the construction but I want to be able to check a more ...
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Riemannian Submerssion

I am reading John Lee's Riemannian Geometry Chapter 3, and I want to do some exercises. I think that I need some hints to solve the following: (Problem 3-8 of that book) Suppose $M$ and $N$ are ...
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Why doesn't a metric give an isomorphism $TX \cong T^*X$?

Any smooth manifold $X$ admits a Riemannian metric $g$, and we have a map $$ TX \to T^*X, \qquad (x, v) \mapsto (x, g(v,-)) $$ which is smooth if $g$ is. Why isn't this an isomorphism of vector ...
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Generalizations of the product neighborhood theorem

As far as I know, the Product Neighborhood Theorem for smooth manifolds states that if $N\subseteq M$ is a smooth compact submanifold without boundary of codimension $n$ and there is a trivialization ...
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Why $\dim(K\cap N(I)) +1 \geq \dim(K)$ if the index of the index form equals 1?

Let $c:[0,1]\rightarrow O$ a geodesic, $O$ Riemann manifold and let $\mathcal{W}$ the space of piecewise smoothl normal vector fields $W(t)$ along $c$ mit $W(0)=W(1)=0$. $N(I)$ is the nullspace of ...
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Perturbation of the boundary of a strictly stable minimal surface

Let $\Sigma \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ be a minimal surface with boundary $\Gamma$. Now let us assume that $\Sigma$ is strictly stable, that is, $\lambda_1(\Sigma,L) >0$, where $L$ is the stability ...
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Ellipticity of Ricci tensor, does it depend on coordinates?

Well, I am afraid this is a silly question because I know the answer must be 'yes, it does'. But I don't see why. I put the problem in context. The ricci tensor can be regarded as a differential ...
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What are the laplacian operators for the three two dimensional metrics of one variable dependence?

What are the laplacian operators from the three following two dimensional metrics of one variable dependence : \begin{align} (A) && d\mathcal{l}^2 = e^{2w(x_2)} \left( dx_1^2 + dx_2^2 \right) ...
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Known methods to detect coordinate singularities?

MOTIVATION In Riemannian geometry, when one writes the metric tensor in a particular coordinate system, certain 'fake' singularities might appear that have little to do with the geometry near them. ...
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Reference frame rotation depending on metric tensor $g_{\mu\nu}$

My simple question is: The infinitesimal line element is $$ds^2=g_{\mu\nu}dx^{\mu}dx^{\nu}$$ where $g_{\mu\nu}$ is the metric tensor of the space. Is it possible from the simple knowledge of ...
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Is this cohomology isomorphic to De Rham Cohomology?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. Put $d^{*}= *d*$ where $*$ is the Hodge $*$ operator. So $d^{*}\circ d^{*}=0$. Then it introduce a (c0)homology. What is a relation between this ...
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Hyperbolic metric of arbitrary curvature.

I've been trying to find this online, in books, etc, but I can never find the expression for the metric on the unit disk $$\mathbb{D} = \{ z \in \mathbb{C} : |z| < 1 \}$$ that has constant ...
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How to solve for the extrinsic variables of a one variable scaled conformal metric to an equivalent metric?

Given the following metric equivalence \begin{align} e^{2w(x_2)} \left( dx_1^2+dx_2^2 \right) = dy_1^2+dy_2^2+dy_3^2 \end{align} is their a known solution for the extrinsic variables $y_1(x_1,x_2)$, ...
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Local geodesics in uniquely geodesic spaces

Suppose $Y$ is a proper, uniquely geodesic metric space. In such a space, is any local geodesic in fact a geodesic? Here the terms "geodesic" and "local geodesic" are taken in the metric sense: a ...
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Scwarzschild solution question

Since we set the ricci tensor to be zero everywhere, why is it still a solution if it doesn't apply to the point where the point mass exists? Shouldn't it apply also to that point as well, or am I ...
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Question about a notation. Norm of the derivative of a function at a point

Given is an analytic function from $M$ to $N$, both equipped with conformal Riemannian metric, say $g$ and $h$ resp. What might the $h$ norm of the derivative of the function at a point mean? ...
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Left-invariant Riemannian metric on $SO(3)$

Let's consier the manifold $SO(3)$. First problem is to show that $T_I SO(3)$ is a space of skew-symmetric matrices $3\times 3$. How can I deduce it? Then I have to prove there exists exactly one ...
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Computing geodesic distances from structural data

I am attempting to compute geodesic distances on manifolds where structural data have been sparsely sampled. First, off I am not well versed in the mathematics of differential geometry but I do have ...
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Calculate Geodesic Path of $N\times N$ matrix on Riemannian manifold of fixed rank

If I have two matrices $A(0)$ at $t=0$ and $A(1)$ at $t=1$, they are $N\times N$ matrices, and they are on the Riemannian manifold of rank $K$. How to calculate the geodesic path $A(t)$? I haven't ...
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Decomposition of Laplacian into tangental and normal components w.r.t. submanifold

If I have the covariant Laplacian operator acting on a tensor e.g. $\nabla^2 h_{\mu\nu}$ on a (pseudo-Riemannian) manifold, and I have (say a codimension-2) submanifold, how can I "decompose" the ...
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Is every scalar differential operator on $(M,g)$ that commutes with isometries a polynomial of the Laplacian?

On $(\mathbb{R}^n, g_{\text{std}})$ with $\Delta$ the Laplacian, the following holds: Fact: Every scalar differential operator $D$ that satisfies $D \circ F^* = F^* \circ D$ for all isometries $F ...
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Calculate geodesic path on matrix manifold

I have a matrix which is change with time. Let me denote it as A(t). I know t=0 it is A(0) and I know t=1 it is A(1). A is symmetric positive semi-definite matrix. What I want to do is find the ...
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Boundedness of Riemannian curvature gradient

I'm reading a paper by Wan-Xiong Shi "Deforming the metric on complete Riemannian manifolds". And there is a statement without proof. It can be summarized as follows: Let $B(x_{0},\gamma)$ be a ...
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Using the Hodge theorem to decompose the metric tensor

There has been a previous discussion about concrete constructions using the Hodge theorem , Construction of Hodge decomposition Let me try to ask here about a specific case where one is trying to ...
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Is a connected compact Riemannian manifold of dimension 1 unique?

The tiles says almost everything. It is known that a connected compact topological manifold of dimension 1 is isomorphic to $S^1$. What if we replace "topological" by "riemannian"?
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Reformating Function

Is there such a function where a ambiguous ;n-dimensional, field/space (defined by a function) is plugged in and returns a flattened field where the basic units along the function are then formatted ...
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Connections in non-Riemannian geometry

In case of Riemannian geometry the connection $\Gamma^i_{jk}$ as is derived from the derivatives of the metric tensor $g_{ij}$ is ought to be symmetric wrt to its lower two indices. But in the case of ...
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Extension of smooth maps at a cusp

There is a short remark in deCarmos "Riemannian Geometry" (p. 67) and I wonder about the condition that the vertex angles must be $\neq \pi$. If $s_1$ and $s_2$ are two differentiable maps on an ...
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Do we need a metric to define plurisubharmonic functions?

There are various notions of 'harmonicity' on various manifold. Sometimes, I am counfuesed by the definitions. For real manifold, the harmonic manifold is defined by $\Delta f=0$, where $\Delta$ is ...
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Special expression for 3-linear symmetric map $T(X,Y,Z) = \langle -Jh(X,Y),Z \rangle$ [Ejiri]

For a project in Riemannian Geometry, I have been working out the details of a paper by Ejiri (http://www.ams.org/journals/proc/1982-084-02/S0002-9939-1982-0637177-8/S0002-9939-1982-0637177-8.pdf) ...
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Almost complex structure compatible with Levi-Civita connection of immersed submanifold?

Suppose we have Riemannian manifold $M$ isometrically immersed in a Kähler manifold $\tilde{M}$. Let $\tilde{g}$ be the metric and $\tilde{\nabla}$ the Levi-Civita connection on $\tilde{M}$ , we know ...
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All differentiable functions on $\mathbb{S}^n$

Consider the sphere $\mathbb{S}^n$ embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. Let $N$ be the north pole of the sphere and $S$ the south pole. Every point on $\mathbb{S}^n \backslash \{N,S\}$ is defined uniquely ...
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Hyperbolic (and related) structures on open unit disk

I am facing some confusion about different structures on the open unit disk $D:=\{ z \in \mathbb{C}, |z|<1 \}$. By Riemann Mapping Theorem we know there is just one complex structure on $D$, up to ...
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Reference about Gauss-Bonnet-Chern theorem.

I would like to get some references which explains Gauss-Bonnet-Chern theorem and its original proof by Chern. I tried to read his paper published in 1944 "A Simple Intrinsic Proof of the Gauss-Bonnet ...
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When is the Hessian contracted with a vector field a closed form?

Suppose M is a Riemannian manifold and $g, f : M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ are smooth functions. When is the $1$-form Hess$^f(\nabla g, -)$ closed? I'm looking for simple conditions involving f,g and ...