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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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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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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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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 $R^{\perp}:\mathfrak{X}(M)\times\mathfrak{X}(M)\times\mathfrak{X}(M)^\perp\rightarrow\mathfrak{X}(M)^\perp$ ...
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 ...