A branch of differential geometry dealing with Riemannian manifolds. *Riemannian manifolds* are smooth manifolds with an inner product smoothly attached to the tangent space of each point. Usually, Riemannian geometry focuses on the notions of distance, curvature, and shape. Consider using this tag ...

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Lift of Ricci curvature: problem in a proof

I am reading a proof in the book $\textit{Semi-Riemannian Geometry}$ from O'Neill, and there is a step which confuses me. The lemma is the following: $ M=P \times_r S^2$ ($P = \mathbb{R}\times ...
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What intuition do we have for a subalgebra of Lie to be abelian?

The motivation for my question comes from the definition of rank of a given globally symmetric space: it is based on the image of a maximal abelian subalgebra of a given algebra by the exponential ...
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Self contained book on Ricci Flow/Geometric Analysis

Can someone please tell me whether there is any self contained book on Geometric Analysis/Ricci Flow/analytic techniques used in Riemannian Geometry? By self contained I mean it does not assume that ...
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Necessary of completeness assumption for Cartan Hadamard theorem

I have learnt the Cartan Hadamard theorem, Let $M$ be a complete Riemannian manifold with nonpositive sectional curvature. Then $\forall x\in M, \exp_x:T_xM\to M$ has no conjugate point. Then the ...
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Induced Connection on $\Sigma\subset M$

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold, $\Sigma$ a manifold and $F:\Sigma \rightarrow M$ a smooth map. For $X,Y \in \Gamma(T\Sigma)$ vector fields and $\tilde{\nabla}$ the pull back connection on ...
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Metric on Steifel and Grassmannian manifolds generalizing Fubini-Study

If $F$ is $\mathbb{R}, \mathbb{C}$, or $ \mathbb{H}$, the Grassmannian manifold $G_k(\textbf F^n)$ is the space of all $k$ dimensional subspaces of the $n$ dimensional vector space $F^n$. The Stiefel ...
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is every totally geodesic submanifold the set of fixed points of some isometries?

It is well known that the set of fixed points of an isometry $\phi:(M,g)\rightarrow (M,g)$ is a totally geodesic embedded submanifold. (e.g here ). I ask whether the converse is true, i.e is every ...
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Question about parallel displacement on a surface

This is Problem 9.6(1) from the book The Geometry of Physics: What's wrong with the following argument? A vector $\mathbf v$ is parallel displaced around a small closed curve $C = ...
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Unbounded Geodesics and Nonpositive Curvature

I have the following interesting(?) question: Let $M$ be a complete Riemann manifold. Suppose that it is of non-negative curvature. I want to know if $M$ has unbounded geodesics. As the question is ...
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product metric on Riemannian manifolds

Let $M_1$ and $M_2$ be Riemannian manifolds and consider the cartesian product $M_1 \times M_2$ with the profuct structure .Let $\pi_1: M_1 \times M_2 \to M_1$ and $\pi_2: M_1 \times M_2 \to M_2$be ...
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Existence of a particular vector in kernal of $d \exp_x$

I want to prove $(d\exp_x)_{p}$ is singular iff there exists a normal Jacobi field $U(t)$ along $\gamma(t)=\exp_x(tp)$ not identically zero such that $U(0)=U(1)=0$. I have question about ...
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What is An Image (of the Riemann Sphere)? [closed]

What's the image of the left half plane of the Riemann Sphere? {z in C; Re(z)<0} How do I find the image??
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How many degrees of freedom are in a flat metric and how does one count them?

I think that there are zero degrees of freedom in a flat metric, but I do not know how to count them. I know that any symmetric metric tensor has $n(n-1)/2$ degrees of freedom, where $n$ is the ...
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Ricci curvature of the Grassmannian?

Let $G(k, \mathbb{C}^n)$ be the Grassmannian of $k-$dimensional complex linear subspaces of $\mathbb{C}^n.$ We know that the Grassmannian can be embedded to the projective space ...
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Different definitions of tangent vector

I'm taking general relativity at the moment, and today in class the instructor gave us a definition of tangent vector as: $v$ is a tangent vector based at $p\in M$ if $v_{p}$ is a linear ...
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Relationsip between two definitions of the christoffel symbol?

When I first started learing about tensor calculus, the professor defined the Christoffel symbol as $$\Gamma ^a _{bc} = Z^a \cdot \partial_b Z_c $$ Where $Z^a$ is a contravariant basis vector and ...
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$\Delta_L(\text{im}\,\delta^*_g)\subset\text{im}\,\delta^*_g$ and $\Delta_L\big(\text{ker}\,\text{Bian}(g)\big)\subset\text{ker}\,\text{Bian}(g)$?

Let $(M,g)$ be an Einstein manifold with Levi-Civita connection $\nabla$ and whose Ricci tensor $\text{Rc}(g)=g$, in components $R_{ij}=g_{ij}$. The Lichnerowicz Laplacian of $g$ is the map ...
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What is the geometric interpretation of the Koszul formula?

I saw this simple form of Koszul formula on a book: $$2\ g(\nabla_XY,Z) = \mathcal{L}_Yg(X,Z) + (d\theta_Y)(X,Z)$$ where $\theta_Y$ is the one-form $g(Y,\cdot)$. It is equivalent to the more ...
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How to prove the skew symmetry of the Riemannian tensor?

I parallel transported a vector around a parallelogram formed by another two vectors to get the Riemannian tensor: $$R^m{}_{lkj} = \left( \partial_k \Gamma^m{}_{jl} + \Gamma^m{}_{kn} \Gamma^n{}_{jl} ...
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To calculate covariant derivative in Riemanian Geometry

I want to solve the exercise $2.57$ using $2.56$ I know calculate $2.57$ by using christoffel symbols but this process is long.How can I solve this directly via $2.56$. Can somebody help me by ...
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How do you get the curvature tensor of the Schwarzschild Solution?

So, on the Wikipedia page on the derivation of the Schwärzschild solution , I get everything up to the part about the Ricci tensor. What were the components of the tensor that were used? Could ...
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CAT(K) Finsler manifolds.

I was wondering if the following is true (and common knowledge): Let $(M,F)$ be a Finsler manifold. Let d be the induced distance by the norm in the usual sense. That is, $d(x,y)=\inf${lenghts of ...
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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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Kähler–Einstein condition

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a Kähler manifold, and $g$ the Riemannian metric such that $\omega(X,JY)=g(X,Y)$. If there is a function $f$ such that $\operatorname{Ric}=f\omega$ does this mean that ...
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How to prove the holonomy group is preserved under Ricci flow?

I've heard that on a Kähler manifold $(M,g_0)$, if you evolve the metric $g$ by Ricci flow $\partial g_{ij}(t)/\partial t=-2R_{ij}$, and $g(0)=g_0$, then you always have $g(t)$ is a Kähler metric on ...
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Wedge product of a one- form and a Kähler form

Let $x$, $y$, $v$, $w$ be coordinates on $R^{4}$ and $g$ be the Riemannian metric whose matrix with respect to these coordinates is $$g=\left ( \begin{array} {cccc} 1 & 0 & -kx & 0\\ 0 ...
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Complex structure on the product of two complex Kähler manifolds

I have the following question: Let $(M,J_{M}, \omega_{M})$ and $(N,J_{N}, \omega_{N})$ be two Kähler manifolds. I consider $M \times N$. Can I introduce on $M \times N$ a complex structure ? I think ...
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Coordinate expression for the divergent

Let $(M, g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. As in Lee's Riemannian Manifolds book, we define the divergent of a vector field $X \in \mathfrak{X}(M)$ by the identity $d(\iota_X dV) = (div X) dV$, where ...
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Figuring of locally product Riemannian metric.

If $S^1\times M$ where $M$ is a simply connected compact manifold has a metric $g$ with nonnegative sectional curvature, then its universal cover ${\bf R}\times M$ has a product metric by splitting ...
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Exterior differentiation of one form on a smooth manifold

Prove : $d$$\omega$$(V,W)$=$V \omega (W) - W \omega(V) -\omega([V,W])$ where $\omega$ is a one-form and V,W are vector fields on a smooth manifold M. I'm fine with the right side of the equation, ...
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A triangle inequality for angles

Let $M$ be a complete Riemannian manifold with nonnegative curvature and $x,y,z,p$ four points on $M$. We denote by $\theta(x,y),\theta(y,z),\theta(z,x)$, respectively, the angles at $\tilde p$ of the ...
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Zero Sectional Curvature implies exp is a local isometry

Im studying DoCarmo's book Riemannian Geometry, the first problem of the chapter 5 (Jacobi Fields) states that If $(M,g)$ is a riemannian manifold with sectional curvature identically zero, show that ...
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Gradient in local coordinates on a manifold with Riemannian metric

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold with a Riemannian metric g : $TM\otimes TM$ -> R If f is a smooth function from M to R, the gradient of f with respect to g is the vector field $\nabla f$ defined by ...
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Extension of isometries on submanifolds of a riemannian manifold

Let $S$ a submanifold of a riemannian manifold $M$ such that the closure of $S$ is equal $M$. i.e $\bar{S}=M$, when can we extend an isometry(as riemannian manifold) $f:S\to S$ to an isometry ...
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Why is $\frac{d}{dt}|\xi(t)|^2=2<\xi, \nabla \xi>$, when $\nabla$ is the covariant derivative?

I understand that: $(1) \frac{d}{dt}|\xi(t)|^2=2<\xi, \nabla \xi>$ if this is happening in $\mathbb{R}^n$. But my question is in the following setting: $\nabla \xi:=K_{c^*\pi} \circ T ...
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Converse of statement related to Hopf-Rinow Theorem

I know the Hopf-Rinow theorem and that if a Riemannian manifold is complete it implies that given any two points there is a unique distance minimizing geodesic that connects the two points, but is the ...
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Expression for codifferential in terms of interior product

Let $(M^n,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold with local orthonormal frame $\{e_1,\ldots,e_n\}$ with dual basis $\{e^1,\ldots,e^n\}$ and with Levi-Civita connection $\nabla$. It can be checked on basis that ...
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a question about differential geometry

Let $S$ be a surface and $x: U\to S$ be a parametrization of $S$. If $ac-b^2 <0$, show that $$a(u,v)(\dot u)^2+2b(u,v)\dot u\dot v+c(u,v)(\dot v)^2=0$$ can be factored into two distinct equations, ...
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a question about finding umbilical points in an elipsoid.

Determine the umbilical points of the elipsoid $${x^2\over a^2}+{y^2\over b^2}+{z^2\over c^2}=1.$$ My thoughts: let $x=asin(\theta)cos(\phi),y=bsin(\theta)cos(\phi),$and $z=cos(\theta)$. Thus, I ...
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Sets that are convex in two different metrics

Let $(M,g)$ be a complete Riemannian manifold, and let $C$ be a subset of $M$. We will say $C$ is convex if for any points $p,q \in C$, there exists a unique normal minimal geodesic $\gamma$ joining ...
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Introductory Text about Riemannian Manifolds

Some of my friends and me want to study the subject of Riemannian manifolds, and we are looking for an introductory text to study that subject. We studied differential geometry, and are about to ...
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Three-Dimensional Metrics as Deformations of a Constant Curvature Metric?

I read the following paper Three-Dimensional Metrics as Deformations of a Constant Curvature Metric and discovered the following result: I have three questions: (1) Is $h$ also a conformally flat ...
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metric reversed on $S(n,v)$

On page 204 of O'Neill, Barrett (1983), Semi-Riemanniann geometry warped product is explained. How can I calculate the metric tensor on $S(n,v)$ where $v$ is the index of $S$ and $n$ is its ...
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Notation in symmetric and alternating products of forms

In Lee's Riemannian Manifolds book, we see that a Riemannian metric $g$ can be expressed locally in coordinates $(x^1, \ldots, x^n)$ by $g = g_{ij} dx^i \otimes dx^j$. Introducing the symmetric ...
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Dilating a curved ball

Let $B$ be a ball sitting inside a manifold $(M^n, g)$. Now, let us dilate the metric $g$ to $\lambda g$, $\lambda$ being a positive number going to $\infty$. It seems intuitively true that the ...
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All rank two symmetric tensors are several conformally flat metrics summed together?

If given a rank two symmetric tensor $T_{mn}$ can I decompose it as \begin{align} T_{mn} = \sum_{i=1}^{M} \phi_ig_{mn}{}^{i}{} \end{align} where $\phi_i$ are the $i$th conformal factors and ...
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Characterization of locally conformally flat manifolds with Frobenius theorem

In Hamilton's Ricci Flow (by Chow, Lu, Ni, pp. 29-31, see here) they show that a Riemannian manifold $(M^n,g)$ is locally conformally flat iff the Weyl tensor vanishes (when $n\ge 4$) and iff the ...
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Adjoint of Exponential Map

If $\exp: T_p(G) \rightarrow G$ is the expoenential map of a lie group, then what does the adjoint operator (as in $\langle Ax,y\rangle=\langle x,A^*,y\rangle$) of the derivative of exp look like? ...
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Riemannian Volume vs. Euclidean Volume

If $M$ is a Riemannian manifold and $\phi$ is a Borel measurable function into $M$, then what is the relationship between $\int_M \phi \,d\mu$ and $\int_{\mathbb{R}^d} \psi\circ \phi\, d\lambda$; ...
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Reference: In every free homotopy class is a unique minimizing closed geodesic

Does anyone know a reference for the following result: Let $M$ be a compact hyperbolic manifold/manifold with strict negative curvature . Then in every non-trivial free homotopy class of $M$ there ...