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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Metric on an open subset of $\mathbb{R}^d$ and Christoffel symbol of the second kind

I need to prove the following identity. $\Omega \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ is open and $g$ is a metric field on $\Omega$. Further $\Gamma_{\,kl}^j$ denotes the Christoffel symbol of second kind. $g^{ij}$ ...
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Fixed Points Set of an Isometry

I'm reading Kobayashi's "Transformation Groups In Riemannian Geometry". I'm trying to understand the proof of the following theorem: Theorem. Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold and $K$ any set of ...
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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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The space of Riemannian metrics on a given manifold.

For a finite-dimensional smooth (Hausdorff, second-countable) manifold $M$, consider the set $$\mathcal{Met}(M) = \{ g : g \text{ is a Riemannian metric on }M \}.$$ I'd like to know about the typical ...
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Conformal transformation of the curvature and related quantities

Suppose we have a Riemannian manifold ${(M,g)}$, where ${g}$ is the metric of ${M}$. If ${f}$ ${\in}$ ${D(M)}$ (i.e. smooth function on ${M}$), and ${f}$ is positive. So, we can define a new metric ...
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Definitions of Hessian in Riemannian Geometry

I am wondering is there any quick way to see the following two definitions of Hessian are coinside with each othere without using local coordinates? $\operatorname{Hess}(f)(X,Y)= \langle \nabla_X ...
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Isometries of the sphere $\mathbb{S}^{n}$

Got this as homework and I don't know how to tackle this. Help please! Prove that the isometries of $\mathbb{S}^{n} \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$, with the induced metric, are restrictions to ...
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Tensors constructed out of metric other than the Riemann curvature tensor

Let $(M,g_{ab})$ be a Riemannian (or Pseudo-Riemannian) manifold and let us define a tensor field as 'something' that transforms in an appropriate way under coordinate transformations. (This is how ...
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Existence of a Riemannian metric inducing a given distance.

Let $M$ be a smooth, finite-dimensional manifold. Suppose $M$ is also a metric space, with a given distance function $d: M \times M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}_{+}$, which is compatible with the original ...
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Why is the Laplacian important in Riemannian geometry?

As I've learned more Riemannian geometry, many of my teachers have said that studying the Laplacian (and its eigenvalues) is very important. But I must admit, I've never fully understood why. ...
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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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Riemannian metric of the tangent bundle

I'm trying to solve the following problem (from do Carmo's Riemannian Geometry). particularly I'm having trouble proving that the inner product defined is bilinear. Problem. It is possible to define ...
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Riemannian metric in the projective space

Let $A: \mathbb{S}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{S}^n$ be the antipode map ($A(p)=-p$) it is easy to see that $A$ is a isometry, how to use this fact to induce a riemannian metric in the projective space such ...
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Why is arc length not a differential form?

I read that the arc length is not a differential form. But I don't understand why it isn't. I understand that differential forms are integrands and arc length is an expression which is integrable. ...
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Relation between parallel vector field along a geodesic and Jacobi field along that same geodesic

Cross posted from my question: http://mathoverflow.net/questions/204097/parallel-transport-along-a-geodesic-and-the-related-jacobi-field This is a formula/theorem (written below) that I found ...
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Check Riemannian manifold's isometry to $\Bbb{R}^n$

Let $\mathcal{M}$ be the convex cone of symmetric positive definite $n\times n$ real matrices. $\mathcal{M}$ is an $\frac{n(n+1)}{2}$-dimenasional Riemannian manifold. Could you help me proving (or ...
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Extension of Riemannian Metric to Higher Forms

I've been reading about Riemannian manifolds, and have come across a comment that says that for a metric $g$ on an $N$-dimensional manifold $M$, considered as a bilinear map $$ g:\Omega^1(M) \times ...
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Need help finding a good book on Riemann Geometry

I want to learn more about calculus on manifolds and Riemann Geometry. I have been reading the book Geometry, Topology and Physics by Nakahara. But I find that it is difficult to read due to the lack ...
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Killing vector fields restricted to geodesics

Given a Riemannian manifolds $(M,g)$, a Killing vector field $X$ on $M$, and a geodesic $\gamma: K \rightarrow M$ defined on an interval $K \subseteq \mathbb{R}$, how does one show that $X \circ ...
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Product of Riemannian manifolds?

Given two Riemannian manifolds $(M,g^M)$ and $(N,g^N)$ is there a natural way to combine them to be a Riemannian manifold? Some kind of $(M \times N, g^{M \times N})$.
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Is the shortest path in flat hyperbolic space straight relative to Euclidean space?

I have the following metric $$ ds^2 = dt^2-dx^2 $$ and I wanted to prove to myself that the shortest path for this metric is straight. I used the following relation $x=f(t)$ and $$ S = ...
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Proof a $(2n-1)$-compact manifold

I have no idea how prove that $$\{(z_0,\ldots,z_n)\in\mathbb{C}^{n+1} \quad| \quad z_0^d+z_1^2\ldots+z_n^2=0, \quad |z_0|^2+|z_1|^2\ldots+|z_n|^2=2\}$$ is a $(2n-1)$-compact manifold. How give the ...
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The punctured unit disc has the complete riemannian metric with constant curvature -1

Find how to construct this metric, find the distance under the metric between $(e^{-2\pi},0)$ and $(-e^{-\pi},0)$ This is a very interesting question, I have an idea ,construct Riemannian covering ...
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Do eigenfunctions of elliptic operator form basis of $H^k(M)$?

We know that the eigenfunctions of the Laplacian on a compact manifold $M$ form a countable basis of $H^1(M)$. If $L$ is a $2k$-order elliptic operator, do the eigenfunctions of $L$ form a basis for ...
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Existence of a local geodesic frame

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$ with Riemannian connection $\nabla,$ and let $p \in M.$ Show that there exists a neighborhood $U \subset M$ of $p$ and $n$ (smooth) vector fields ...
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Is $ds$ a differential form?

I am somewhat confused as to whether $ds$ (line element) is actually a differential form... we have (in $\mathbb{R}^2$): $$ds^2 = dx^2 + dy^2$$ Differential 1-forms are supposed to be linear ...
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Any compact embedded $2$-dimensional hypersurface in $\mathbb R^3$ has a point of positive Gaussian curvature

Problem statement: Let $M \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ be a compact, embedded, 2-dimensional Riemannian submanifold. Show that $M$ cannot have $K \leq 0$ everywhere, where $K$ stands for the Gauss ...
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Definition of the principal symbol of a differential operator on a real vector bundle.

I'm trying to understand the construction of the dirac operator on a manifold, but actually I guess that doesn't really matter for the question at stake. I'm interested in understanding a definition ...
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Geodesics on the product of manifolds

Given two Riemannian manifolds $(M, g_1)$ and $(N, g_2)$, and geodesic curves $\gamma(t)$ in $M$ and $\chi(t)$ in $N$. Is the curve $\Gamma(t) = (\gamma(t),\chi(t))$ a geodesic in the product manifold ...
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Relation between two Riemannain connections

Let $g$ be a Riemannian metric on $M$ and let $\tilde{g}=f^{2}g$ where $f$ is a smooth function that is never zero. let $\nabla$ and $\nabla'$ be the Riemannain connections of $g$ and $\tilde{g}$ on ...
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Which coefficients of the characteristic polynomial of the shape operator are isometric invariants?

Let $M^n \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ be an isometrically immersed Riemannian hypersurface. The shape operator $s$ is the $(1,1)$ tensor field characterized by $$\langle X, sY \rangle = \langle ...
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Curvature of De Sitter's space: where does the sign comes?

Consider $\Bbb L^3 = (\Bbb R^3, {\rm d}s^2)$, where: $${\rm d}s^2 = {\rm d}x^2 + {\rm d}y^2 - {\rm d}z^2.$$ We have both the hyperbolic space: $$\Bbb H^2(-1) = \{(x,y,z) \in \Bbb L^3 \mid ...
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Which textbook of differential geometry will introduce conformal transformation?

Which textbook of differerntial geometry will have these formulas about conformal transformation? $$\tilde g_{ij} = e^{2\varphi}g_{ij}$$ $$\tilde \Gamma^k{}_{ij} = \Gamma^k{}_{ij}+ ...
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Does the curvature determine the metric?

Here I asked the question whether the curvature deterined the metric. Since I am unfortunately completely new to Riemannian geometry, I wanted to ask, if somebody could give and explain a concrete ...
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Berger's theorem on holonomy

Can someone clarify to me what the correct hypothesis of Berger's theorem are (if at all what I write is correct)? Theorem: assume $M$ is a Riemannian manifold, with irreducible reduced holonomy ...
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Why do we need Lie derivative?

If a manifold is equipped with Levi-Civita connection, Why do we need Lie derivative? In Euclidean space to calculate directional derivative of a vector field V along W, we parallel transport V along ...
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Riemannian Geometry book to complement General Relativity course?

What would be a good Riemannian Geometry (or Differential Geometry) book that would go well with a General Relativity class (offered by a physics department)? I'm in one right now, but I'd like a pure ...
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Given a diffeomorphism between two surfaces, is there an expression for the pullback of the covariant derivative of a vector field?

Let $A$ and $B$ be two surfaces (smooth enough) in an affine space $M$ with metric $g$. Let $g^A$, $g^B$ be the metric tensors on the two surfaces induced by $g$, and $\nabla^A$, $\nabla^B$ the ...
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Another vector bundles over of a Riemannian manifold

How is that any other vector bundle over a Riemannian manifold can be turn into a Riemannian manifold as well? I think that the question is of interest due to the presence in math.SE of several ...
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Positive definiteness of Fubini-Study metric

Define the Fubini-Study metric $$g_{i\overline{j}} = \frac{\delta_{i\overline{j}}(1+|\boldsymbol{z}|^2)-\overline{z}^jz^i}{(1+|\boldsymbol{z}|^2)^2} $$ for $i,j=1,\ldots,n$ and $z_i$ complex variables ...
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Justification for this manipulation in a proof of the first variation of energy formula

As a part of my current homework assignment, I am to derive the first variation of energy identity. Working out the problem with my friends, we came to exactly the same argument as presented in these ...
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Is length adimensional when space is not flat?

Consider the two manifolds $\mathbb{R}^2$, equipped with the usual metric $g_{ij}=\delta_{ij}$, and $\mathbb{H}^2=\{(x, y)\,:\,y>0\}$, equipped with the hyperbolic metric $h_{ij}=\delta_{ij}/y^2$. ...
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A scalar product in the space of oriented volumes?

Let $L\colon \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}^N$ be an injective linear map. By the Cauchy-Binet formula, $\det(L^TL)$ equals the sum of the squares of all minors of $L$ of order $n$: this looks just like ...
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Why does it suffice to check the geodesic equation to leading order?

I am reading Taubes's book on differential geometry and am wondering about a proof. My apologies if this is simple, as I'm still grappling with the material. My question concerns material in chapter ...
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Compatibility of a connection and metric

Every Riemannian manifold admits a metric connection. Suppose $M $ is a manifold and $\nabla $ is an arbitrary connection on the tangent bundle. Does $M$ necessarily admit a metric such that $\nabla$ ...
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Exponential map on the the n-sphere

I might need some help on the following exercise : Let $\mathbb{S}^{n} \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ be the unit $n$-sphere. For any $p \in \mathbb{S}^{n}$, we have $T_{p}\mathbb{S}^{n} = p^{\perp} = ...
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Geodesics of a “diagonal” metric

Are there any relations that exist to simplify Christoffel symbols/connection coefficients for a diagonal metric which has the same function of the coordinates at each entry? In other words, I have a ...
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Expression of the Hyperbolic Distance in the Upper Half Plane

While looking for an expression of the hyperbolic distance in the Upper Half Plane $\mathbb{H}=\{z=x +iy \in \mathbb{C}| y>0\},$ I came across two different expressions. Both of them in Wikipedia. ...
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Diffeomorphism invariant scalars of a Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g_{ab})$ be a Riemannian manifold. I know of the following scalars that one can construct them out of the metric and its derivatives: Ricci scalar $R$ $R_{ab}R^{ab}$ $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$ ...
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Gradient of a functional

Given a compact manifold with a Riemannian metric $g$, we define the total scalar curvature by $$E(g)=\int_M RdV$$ Let us consider the first variation of $E$ under an arbitrary change of metric. We ...