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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Gross-Zagier formulae outside of number theory

(Edit: I have asked this question on MO.) The Gross-Zagier formula and various variations of it form the starting point in most of the existing results towards the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer ...
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Exponential map on the ellipsoid.

Consider the ellipsoid $M \subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ defined by $$\frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} + \frac{x^2}{c^2} = 1,$$ where $0 < a < b < c$, equipped with the usual Riemannian metric ...
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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 $t\downarrow 0$: $$K(t,x,x)\...
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On the variation of a Kähler metric on a surface by pullback of the complex structure

Let $\Sigma$ be a compact, connected, oriented surface, and let $\rho\in\Omega^2(\Sigma)$ be a fixed volume form. Then any (almost) complex structure $J\in\Omega^0(M;\operatorname{End}TM)$ compatible ...
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Norm Inequality on a Compact Riemannian Manifold

Consider the following problem: Suppose $(M, g_{ij})$ is a compact Riemannian manifold. Assume $u$ is a smooth, nonnegative function which satisfies the differential inequality $$\Delta u \geq -...
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Mean value operator on Riemannian manifold

Let $(M,g)$ a Riemannian manifold. Further $M$ should be a harmonic space, that is $M$ is a symmetric and simply connected space of rank 1. (Example: Spheres $S^n$) Consider the mean value operator, ...
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Hodge-Star-Operator on arbitrary oriented basis

Assume that $V$ is oriented finite dimensional vectorspace with dimension $n$, $g \in T^0_2(V)$ a given symmetric and nondegenerate tensor. Let $\mu$ be the corresponding volume element of $V$. ...
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What is the volume of Complex Projective Space with Fubini-Study Metric?

I try to compute the volume of the complex projective space $\mathbb{CP}^n$ with Fubini-Study metric, normalized to have diameter $=\pi/2$ i.e. the sectional curvatures lie between $1$ and $4$. Fix a ...
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Questions on J. F. Nash's answer about his errors in the proof of embedding theorem

In the interview of John Nash taken by Christian Skau and Martin Gaussen, in EMS Newsletter, September, 2015 when asked Is it true, as rumours have it, that you started to work on the embedding ...
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When a given family of curves are geodesics of some affine connection?

Let $M$ be a two-dimensional manifold and let $\mathcal C$ be a family of smooth paths on $M$. How to understand whether this family is actually a family of (possibly reparametrized) geodesics of some ...
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Manifolds with volume forms on every submanifold

If we equip a manifold with an inner product (i.e. we have a Riemannian Manifold) then we get a canonical volume form on that manifold (please mentally insert the prefix "pseudo" into my question ...
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How to parallel transport a coframe field in a geodesic normal neighborhood?

From Chern: Lectures on Differential Geometry, page 147 Chern claimed that a torsion-free connection is completely determined locally by the curvature tensor. To show that he considered a geodesic ...
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Weakening Sobolev coefficient in an elliptic estimate.

One of the classical estimates for Sobolev norms and elliptic operators is the following: let $L$ be an elliptic operator of order $l$, then there is some $C > 0$ such that for all $u \in H^{s+l}$ (...
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Geodesic equation from Christoffel symbols

Let $\mathcal{P}:=\mathcal{P}(\mathcal{X})$ be the $n$-dimensional manifold of all (strictly positive) probability vectors (distributions) on $\mathcal{X}=\{x_0,\dots,x_n\}$, i.e., each $p=(p(x_0),\...
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Automorphism on a kahlerian variety which acts as -id on $H^2(X,\mathbb{Z})$

I've read this proposition: "there is no automorphism (biholomorphic map) of a Kahlerian complex manifold $X$ which acts on $H^2(X,\mathbb{Z})$ as $-$identity" so I tried to prove this statement and ...
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Difference between parallel transport and derivative of the exponential map

Given a Riemannian manifold $M$, let $c(t) = \exp_p(tX)$ be the geodesic emanating from $p \in M$ with initial value $X$. Let $t_0$ be small enough, then we have to ways to map $T_pM$ to $T_{c(t_0)} M$...
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Riemannian Immersions into Euclidean Space?

The Whitney embedding theorem states that any smooth manifold can be embedded in Euclidean space. In the Riemannian setting this naturally leads to the question whether this can be done in such a way ...
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How do conformal maps affect curvature?

Let $(\overline{M}^{n+1}, \langle \cdot, \cdot \rangle)$ be a riemannian manifold with riemannian connection $\overline{\nabla}$ and consider $M^n \subset \overline{M}$ an orientable hypersurface with ...
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Vectors that geodesically generate the same surface

Suppose that $\langle M,g \rangle$ is a complete, simply connected Riemannian symmetric space. The surface geodesically generated by a vector $\xi$ in $T_pM$ is the set of points lying on geodesics ...
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The invariance of the Ricci tensor under diffeomorphisms and its non-ellipticity.

Consider $(M,g)$ a compact Riemannian manifold. When viewed as a second order (non-linear) differential operator $$ \text{Ric} : C^{\infty}(\text{Sym}^2_+T^*M) \to C^{\infty}(\text{Sym}^2T^*M), $$ the ...
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Curvature and topology

I am studying Riemannian Geometry and I came across various Theorems which give conditions on the topology of a manifold given conditions on curvature, and vice-versa. Just to mention a few of them: ...
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Global Chart implies no cut locus?

If a manifold $M$ admits a global chart, does this imply that there exists a point $p\in M$ such that $Cut_p=\emptyset$? Recall: Definition of $Cut_p$: Let $\mathfrak{C}_p$ be defined as the set ...
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The covering manifold of a complete Riemannian manifold is complete

This question is from Lectures on the Geometry of Manifolds by Nicolaescu. (Exercise 6.2.8 b) Let $(M,g)$ be a complete (connected) Riemannian manifold and let $(\tilde{M},\tilde{g})$ be its ...
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$C^k$ one-parameter family of metrics

Consider a smooth Riemannian manifold $M$ and a $C^k$ one-parameter family of Riemannian metrics $g_t$ on $M$. Here $k$ could be any integer, $k$ could be infinity, when the one-parameter family $g_t$ ...
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Riemannian generalization/adaption of the Hubbard–Stratonovich transformation

I'd like to write the Hubbard–Stratonovich (HS) transformation of a scalar function on a Riemannian manifold (curved space). This transformation is quite simple in Euclidean space. One can consider ...
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Advanced Differential Geometry Textbook

In algebraic topology there are two canonical "advanced" textbooks that go quite far beyond the usual graduate courses. They are Switzer Algebraic Topology: Homology and Homotopy and Whitehead ...
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What properties do isospectral Riemannian manifolds share?

I'm studying the Laplacian on (compact) Riemannian manifolds, and it turns out that if the Laplacian operators of two such spaces share their spectrum (the spaces are then called isospectral), then ...
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Decomposition of Laplacian into tangental and normal components w.r.t. submanifold

If I have the covariant Laplacian operator acting on a tensor e.g. $\nabla^2 h_{\mu\nu}$ on a (pseudo-Riemannian) manifold, and I have (say a codimension-2) submanifold, how can I "decompose" the ...
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Solution to $\Delta_g u = \delta-1$ on a 2-sphere.

Let $S^2$ be the two-sphere, endowed with a Riemannian metric $g$, such that the volume of the sphere w.r.t. this metric is $4\pi$. Let $a \in S^2$. I am looking for an easy way to prove that the ...
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Is there a relation between Super Riemannian manifolds and Kähler manifolds?

(This question has a physics motivation). Could we establish any kind of relationship between Super Riemannian manifolds (super Riemannian structures on super manifolds) and Kähler manifolds, or at ...
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What are spinor fields?

For example, a tensor field $T=T_{a,b}^{\ \ \ \ c}$ on a manifold $M$ should be thought as $$ T_{a,b}^{\ \ \ \ c}dx^{a}\otimes dx^{b}\otimes \frac{\partial}{\partial x^{c}} $$ with local coordinate $...
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Interpreting the scalar curvature in a semi-Riemannian manifold

Background: Let $M$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold of dimension $n$ and scalar curvature $R$ (with respect to the Levi-Civita connection). Let $m \in M$ and let $B$ be the geodesic ball of radius $...
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The exponential map

I'm following a course about riemannian geometry, and I was fascinated with the exponential map. I was wondering what the reason of this name is... is there any relationship with the real and complex ...
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Geodesics in geodesic balls

It is well-known that in a geodesic ball centered at $p$, the radial geodesic between $p$ and $q$ is the unique minimizing curve. I'm trying to follow the proof of this given in Cheeger & Ebin (...
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What do I need to review for Riemannian Geometry?

Well, I have been about two years without studying almost anything. I am going to start a thesis about three dimensional spaces (need to understand and explain their isometries, curvature, geodesics), ...
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Relation between the Hessian and Laplacian

Let $(M^{n},g)$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold of smooth boundary $\partial M$. Assume that Ricci curvature of $M$ is $Ric^{M}\geq0$, and the second fund. form of $\partial M$ is $II\geq c>0$. ...
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Harmonic map into $S^n \times \mathbb{R}$

Consider a harmonic map $\Phi : \Sigma \to S^n \times \mathbb{R}$, where $\Sigma$ is a surface, and the metric on $S^n \times \mathbb{R}$ is given by the product metric. Choose local spherical (polar) ...
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Functions determine geometry … Riemannian / metric geometry?

Given a compact Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$, is there a subring of $C^{\infty}(M)$ that determines the isomorphism class of $(M,g)$? (In the same way that $C^{\infty}(M)$ determines the diffeomorphism ...
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Misinterpretations of Hilbert's Theorem?

I've seen a few posts here that make certain claims that are related to Hilbert's theorem. For instance: "I know that there is no complete surface embedded in $\Bbb R^3$ of constant curvature $-k$ ...
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Index of zero of a gradient vector field at a critical point

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold with a Morse function $f: M \to \mathbb{R}$. The zeroes of the gradient vector field of $f$ are the critical points of $f$. How do you show that a critical point ...
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Space of $G$-connections; respecting a spin structure

If I want to have a space of $G$-connections on a Riemann surface, I can take the fundamental group on the surface, represent its generators on $G$ and take (up to conjugation) those representation ...
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Constructing a metric for the tautological line bundle of $\mathbb C P^2$

I'm doing some independent reading in differential geometry, and the following is my attempt to work out the details of the construction of the tautological bundle on $\mathbb CP^2$ and the induced ...
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Invariance of determinant of metric tensor

Given any 2-tensor on a Riemannian manifold $M$ equipped with metric $g,$ we have a coordinate-free definition of its trace: $$\operatorname{trace}(T)=g^{ij}T_{ij}= T_i^i.$$ In particular, we have $$...
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complete vector field on Riemannian manifold with lower bound

From do Carmo's Riemannian Geometry P151: Let M be a complete Riemannian manifold, and let $X$ be a differentiable vector field on $M$. Suppose that there exists a constant $с > 0$ such that $|X(p)...
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What distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates?

I am trying to identify what characteristic distinguishes elliptical coordinates from polar coordinates. For concreteness, let's write down the expressions. Polar: $$ x=r \cos(t) \\ y=r \sin(t) $$ ...
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Completeness of a Riemannian manifold with boundary

I have some issues understanding the notion of completeness of a Riemannian manifold with boundary. In the case of Riemannian manifolds without boundary, I found that completeness is usually defined ...
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$\operatorname{div}$ and $\operatorname{grad}$ in spherical coordinates. Formula from general relativity goes crazy

I try to calculate the gradient of a function and the divergence of a vector field in spherical coordinates. Nothing special so far, but a formula that I learned in a general relativity lecture ...
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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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Reference on Grassmanian

Can anyone suggest a reference on the Grassmanian which describe the Riemannian structure of the Grassmanian $Gr(k, n)$? Specifically, I want to know about the geodesics, convex neigboorhood, geodesic ...
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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 $R$ $R_{ab}R^{ab}$ $R_{abcd}R^{abcd}$ ...