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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Polynomial in the components of the curvature tensor

Consider a closed Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ of dimension n and let $K(t,x,y)$ be its heat kernel. Then it is known that the heat kernel has an asymptotic expansion as $t\downarrow 0$: ...
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Variational formulation of harmonicity on Riemannian manifolds

$\newcommand{\R}{\mathbb{R}}$ I am trying to follow a derivation of the first variation formula for the energy functional. (In "Selected Topics in Harmonic maps"). Here is the context: $M,N$ are ...