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Which of principal curvature, Gaussian curvature and mean curvature is intrinsic ? Why?

Which of principal curvature, Gaussian curvature and mean curvature is intrinsic and why? Which book will have this explanation? I read a book (Remannian Geometry, Do Carmo, p129). It has a saying: ...
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Weakest curvature assumption for existence of harmonic coordinates

Let (M, g) be a Riemannian manifold. What are the weakest curvature bounds for which one can construct harmonic coordinates on M (or at balls contained in M)? Does anybody maybe know if it is possible ...
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Scalar Curvature of a metric on the hemisphere, from a paper on the Min-Oo Conjecture

I'm reading a paper on the Min-Oo Conjecture (http://arxiv.org/abs/1004.3088), and I'm stuck on the following step in a proposition: Given a metric $g_0(t)$ on the upper hemisphere $\mathbb{S}^n_+$, ...
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Find the Gauss Curvature of This Particular Metric:

Let D be an open disc centred at the origin in $ \Bbb R^2 $. Give D a Riemannian metric of the form $ (dx^2 + dy^2)/f(r)^2 $, where $ r = \sqrt{x^2 + y^2} $ and $ f(r) > 0 $. Show that the Gauss ...
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Curvature tensor on the sphere

While reading R. Hamilton paper "Three-manifolds with positive Ricci curvature" I came across the sentence: For the sphere we have $$R(u,v,u,v)=R_{ijkl}u^{i}v^{j}u^{k}v^{l}>0,$$ which is the ...
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Intuition about the Riemann and Ricci tensors

I have started an attempt to self-study Riemannian Geometry. I well understand all the algebraic properties of the Riemann tensor (With a symmetric connection), and how it gradually becomes less and ...
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Riemann tensor in terms of the metric tensor

The Riemann tensor is a function of the metric tensor when the Levi-Civita connection is used. Most tensor notation based texts give the Riemann tensor in terms of the Christoffel symbols, which are ...
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when can you estimate curvature from finite information about two geodesics?

Let $c_v, c_w$ be two geodesics starting at a point $p\in M$, where M is a nonpositively curved, complete, smooth Riemannian manifold. Say $c_v(\varepsilon) = \exp_p(\varepsilon v)$ and ...
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Ricci curvature: step in proof of a paper by Hamilton

In Hamilton's paper "The Ricci Curvature Equation" (in Seminar on Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations, here), I can do all of Lemma 4.2 except for the following relation: $$ ...
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$2$-dimensional Hyperbolic space with fundamental group ${\bf Z}$ and constant curvature $-1$

$$ d\rho^2 + \cosh^2\rho\ d\theta^2$$ Only one ? Is there any other example ?
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Orthogonal irreducible decomposition of $\otimes^2 E$

Recall $$ \otimes^2 E = \wedge^2 E \oplus S^2_0E\oplus {\bf R}$$ Clearly this is $O(n)$-decomposition. Irreducibility can be checked from the following property : Let $Ae_1=e_k,\ Ae_2=e_l,\ ...
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Decomposition of $S^2(\wedge^2 E)$

Consider bianchi map $$ b(T)(x,y,z,t) = \frac{1}{3}(T(x,y,z,t)+T(y,z,x,t) + T(z,x,y,t))$$ where $T\in S^2(\wedge^2 E)$ I already checked that $b(b(T))=b(T)\in S^2(\wedge^2 E)$ But how can we derive ...
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Fundamental group of a component of $GL_n({\bf R})$

Let $G$ be a component of $GL_n({\bf R})$ such that element has a positive determenant. (1) Since it contains $SO(n)$, $\pi_1(SO(n))$ ? What is a fundamental group of $G$ ? (2) It has a curvature ...
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warped products

Problem: Consider the following warped product $M^{n+1}=\mathbb{R}\times_{f} \mathbb{P}^{n}$, where $\mathbb{P}$ is a complete n-dimensional Riemannian manifold, $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb ...
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Is a geodesic the least curved path?

It is clear that, in $\mathbb{R}^n$, straight lines are the lines with minimum possible curvature. That is, given the Frenet-Serret ($n$-dimensional equivalent) matrix, and taking its squared norm, ...
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Geometrical interpretation of Ricci curvature

I see the scalar curvature $R$ as an indicator of how a manifold curves locally (the easiest example is for a $2$-dimensional manifold $M$, where the $R=0$ in a point means that it is flat there, ...
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Are there simple examples of Riemannian manifolds with zero curvature and nonzero torsion

I am trying to grasp the Riemann curvature tensor, the torsion tensor and their relationship. In particular, I'm interested in necessary and sufficient conditions for local isometry with Euclidean ...
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The divergence of the Weyl tensor

First, the Weyl tensor is given by $$W_{ijkl}=R_{ijkl}-\frac{1}{n-2}(g_{ik}A_{jl}-g_{il}A_{jk}-g_{jk}A_{il}+g_{jl}A_{ik})$$ where, $A_{ij}$ is the Schouten tensor, given by ...
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Visualize $\mathbb{S}^3/\Gamma$!

I thought the only 3-manifold with positive constant curvature is $\mathbb{S}^3$. But I faced $\mathbb{S}^3/\Gamma$, where $\Gamma$ is a finite subgroup of $SO(4)$ and surprised! My problem is that I ...
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Connected sum while keeping curvature bounded.

Is it possible to perform a connected sum of two Riemannian Manifolds or Orbifolds while keeping curvature bounded from below? More explicitly, If $M_1$ and $M_2$ are two Riemannian manifolds (or ...
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Why scalar curvature is a total derivative in 2 dimensions?

It is said, in different papers, that, in a 2-dimensional Riemanian manifold, the scalar curvature $R$ (or maybe the product $\sqrt{g} R$) is a total derivative. I don't know how to prove this.
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scalar curvature

I am studying scalar curvature. It is the trace of the Ricci operator. I read that its geometric meaning follows from this formula ...
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How to define intrinsic curvature?

I have been exploring differential geometry slightly... And i'm trying to grasp how to define intrinsic curvature, from a visual/geometric viewpoint... One formulation I got was that Intrinsic ...
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Problem about Ricci Flow

On page 12 of "Lectures On Ricci Flow" by Peter Topping is written: In two dimensions, we know that the Ricci curvature can be written in terms of the Gauss curvature $K$ as $Ric(g) = Kg$. Working ...
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the Ricci curvature in two dimension

In two dimensions, we know that the Ricci curvature can be written in terms of the Gauss curvature K as $Ric(g) = Kg$. Can anyone prove this? Sorry if the question is too trivial :).
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About Sectional Curvature

In a paper by Yann Ollivier: Let $x$ be a point in $X$, $v$ a small tangent vector at $x$, $y$ the endpoint of $v$, $w_x$ a small tangent vector at $x$, and $w_y$ the parallel transport of $w_x$ from ...
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Formula for Gaussian curvature in terms of unit tangent vector fields?

Let $X\in\mathbb{R}^3$ be a surface with a local geodesic polar parametrisation with first fundamental form $du^2+G(u,v)dv^2$. How do we define unit tangent vector fields $e_1$, $e_2$ on $X$, forming ...
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version of Bianchi identity

Let $F \to E \to M$ be a smooth fiber bundle with connection $\omega$ and curvature $R$. We can form a (graded) vector bundle by taking the complex of differential forms at each fiber. Call this ...
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Total mean curvature in $L^2$ and minimal surfaces in spaces with non-positive sectional curvature

Let's suppose we have a Riemannian $n$-manifold $(N,g)$ and an immersed surface $f:\Sigma\rightarrow N$, with genus zero, equipped with the induced metric. Let's further assume that the ambient space ...
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What's the relationship between the riemannian metric and Jacobi field?

I encounter to the question in reading the following Excise: Let $(M,g)$ be a $m$-dimensional Riemannian manifold, and $(r,\theta^1,\theta^2,\ldots,\theta^{m-1})$ be the (geodesic) polar ...
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exponential map and sectional curvature

Let $\Pi$ be a nondegenerate tangent plane to $M$, a semi-Riemannian manifold, at $p$. If $P$ is a small enough neighborhood of 0 in $\Pi$. What is the Gaussian curvature at $p$ of $\exp_p(P)$?
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Simple problem with the normal curvature tensor

If $M$ is a s-R(semi-Riemannian) submanifold of a s-R manifold $\overline{M}$ the function $R^{\perp}:\mathfrak{X}(M)\times\mathfrak{X}(M)\times\mathfrak{X}(M)^\perp\rightarrow\mathfrak{X}(M)^\perp$ ...
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Hilbert theorem and constant negative curvature surfaces

Let us consider the tractroid (pseudosphere) obtained by rotation from the tractrix curve. The surface is not defined on the "big rim", so it is not a complete set. Hilbert's theorem states that there ...
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Nonpositive curvature, Theorem of Cartan-Hadamard

In my differential geometry course we had the following Theorem (Cartan-Hadamard): Let $M$ be a connected, simply connected, complete Riemannian manifold. Then the following are equivalent: $M$ has ...