(Stub) The study of differential geometry with notions of infinitesimal distance given by a Riemannian metric. This allows us to consider questions about the shape of a manifold by studying its curvature.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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$\operatorname{div}$ 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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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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Shape Operators and Symmetric Linear Transformations

The exercise (from Sakai) is: Let $f: E\subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n-1} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be smooth and let $M_f := \{p = (x, f(x)) \in \mathbb{R}^n\,;\,x \in E\}$ be the graph of $f$ considered ...
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Gauss-Bonnet Theorem in dimension four

I've read that the generalized Gauss-Bonnet theorem states that $$\int\limits_{M}Pf(\Omega)=(2\pi)^n\chi(M)$$ where, $M$ is a 2n-dimensional compact orientable Riemannian manifold without ...
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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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geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness

What is the geometric meaning of Ricci-flatness? We know that if the Riemann tensor at a point vanished, manifold is flat at this point. but I don't know When the Ricci tensor vanished at a point, ...
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A Simons' type inequality

I have a problem with the inequality (5) in the article 'Estimates for stable minimal surfaces in three dimensional manifolds' of R.Schoen. As the author suggests this inequality comes from 'well ...
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Transforming the Dirac Operator on $S^1$

My goal is to understand as much as I can about the Dirac operator on $S^1$ where we give $S^1$ the spin structure given by the connected double cover of the frame bundle. The spinor bundle on $S^1$ ...
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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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How to prove the holonomy group is preserved under Ricci flow?

I've heard that on a Kaehler 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 Kaehler metric on ...
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Riemannian Connection (Very basic question)

We know that a connection $\nabla$ in a manifold M hashas the purpose of performing the same role as the covariant derivative of vector fields of surfaces in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Such analogies are ...
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Yet another natural Connection on Riemannian manifolds?

The exterior derivative $d:\mathcal{A}^1(M)\to\mathcal{A}^2(M)$ can be regarded as an connection on $T^*M\to M$. If $g$ is a Riemannian connection on $M$, we can can pull $d$ back to get an connection ...
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How does a Riemannian metric “naturally induce” distances in the Grassmannian bundle

When reading about Pesin theory I've run into the necessity of defining a metric on the Grassmannian bundle of a compact Riemannian manifold $M$. More specifically a fiber at $x \in M$ in the ...
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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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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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Curve on Riemannian Manifold

A curve on Riemannian Manifold is $c:I\rightarrow M$. We study many properties about it, like parallel $\bigtriangledown_\dot{c}X=0$ and geodesic $\bigtriangledown_\dot{c}\dot{c}=0$. And we apply 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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A question about the Euler characteristic

Let $G$ be a finite group acting freely on a compact and orientable Riemannian manifold of dimension 2. I want to show that $\chi(M/ G)=\frac{\chi(M)}{|G|}$, where $\chi$ is the Euler characteristic, ...
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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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Every holomorphic map between Kähler manifolds is harmonic

I was reading the Wikipedia article on harmonic maps and saw the following statement in the 'examples' section: Every holomorphic map between Kähler manifolds is harmonic. I am not that familiar ...
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bounds on eigenvalues of elliptic operators on functions on riemannian manifolds

Well I have little experience with pde's and analysis, I mostly study topic related to geometric topology and I would like to see if someone can please explain to me why is it important to find bounds ...
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Distance function and Green's function

Let $ (M,g) $ be a two dimensional Riemmanian manifold, with a smooth distance function $ d(x,y) $ for all $ x, y$ in $ M$. The logarithm of the distance function then satisfies $ \Delta \left( ...
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Intuition for Fisher information metric

In statistical maniolds $S=\{p_\theta\}$,$\theta=(\theta_1,\dots,\theta_n)$, the Riemaanian metric usually defined is the Fisher information metric $$g_{ij}(\partial_i,\partial_j)=\int \partial_i(\log ...
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Schoen curvature estimates (part 2)

I'm referring to the article ''Estimates for stable minimal surfaces in three dimensional manifolds'' by Richard Schoen. I have a question about the proof of theorem 1. In the last step of the proof ...
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What is the Weitzenböck formula for the $\bar\partial$-Laplacian?

It is well-known that the Weitzenböck formula for the real Laplacian is $$ \Delta |\nabla f|^2 =|\operatorname{Hess} f|^2 + \langle \nabla f, \nabla \Delta f\rangle + \operatorname{Ricci}(\nabla f, ...
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Length of closed geodesics in a compact and simply connected manifold X

I have a Riemannian manifold $(X,g)$ which is compact, simply connected and with sectional curvature upper bounded by $k>0$ everywhere. Let $p\in X$ be any point and $q\in Cut(p)$ the nearest cut ...
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Is $\bar{\partial}_E + \bar{\partial}_E^*$ a Dirac operator?

I have previously asked about Weitzenböck identities and received some great answers on MathOverflow. One question which has arisen from the post is the following: Let $E$ be a hermitian ...
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Holomorphic analogue of geodesics

Let $X$ be a complex manifold with a Hermitian metric. Is there a "complex" analogue of geodesics on $X$ which is of any interest? For example, is anything known about holomorphic maps $f : \mathbb C ...
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Curvature on topological spaces

On what subsets of the category of topological spaces are different notions of curvature defined?
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geodesic submanifolds

I have a question to find all geodesic submanifolds of the hyperbolic space in n-dim. I did an exercise that all geodesics must be either lines perpendicular to the boundary of the hyperbolic space ...
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Curvature of particular Riemannian metric

Let $U = \{ (x_1, \dots, x_n) \mid x_j > 0 \text{ for all } j\}$ and let $\|x\|^2 = \sum_j x_j^2$. The function $x \mapsto -\log \|x\|^2$ is strictly convex on $U$ and thus defines a Riemannian ...
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Why does the Laplace operator extend to $L^2(X)$?

Suppose $X$ is a Riemannian manifold. Then we get a Laplace operator on $C^\infty(X)$. In most texts I see the Laplace operator extended to $L^2(X)$, but I don't see how, since it does not seem to be ...
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horizontal vector in tangent bundle

I have a question about Do Carmo notion of horizontal vector (page 79). So he defines natural metric on $TM$ of manifold $M$. Now he chooses vector $V\in T_{(p,v)}(TM)$ and calls $V$ horizontal vector ...
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Does the curvature determine the metric for all surfaces

In order to not make things even more confusing than they are, I split my two-in-one question into two parts. Here's the second part (the first part is here): Here I asked the question whether the ...
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Isometry group of a Lie group

I'm having trouble dealing with the following question : what is the isomety group of $\mathbf{PSL}_2(\mathbb{R})$ viewed as a Lie group with its Killing form ? For the record, its Killing form is the ...
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Coordinate-free proof of the hamiltonian character of the geodesic flow

Let be $(M,g)$ a pseudoriemannian manifold. Let us identify the tangent and the cotangent bundles through the musical isomorphism $g^\flat:u\in TM\to g(u,\cdot)\in T^\ast M.$ It is well known ...
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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 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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Ovals of constant $ k_g$ on constant $K$ surfaces

Prove that: Constant geodesic curvature lines on constant Gauss curvature surfaces are closed Ovals/Loops. Find perimeter/length of this Oval/Loop in terms of $ k_g$ and $K$ I believe the proof ...
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Gradient of a real-valued function on SO(3)

I have struggling with a problem of evaluating the gradient of a cost function on the Lie group of rotations: SO(3). The cost is the following: \begin{equation} ...