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In mathematics, a connection on a fiber bundle is a device that defines a notion of parallel transport on the bundle; that is, a way to "connect" or identify fibers over nearby points. (Def: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Connection_(vector_bundle))

In mathematics, a connection on a fiber bundle is a device that defines a notion of parallel transport on the bundle; that is, a way to "connect" or identify fibers over nearby points. Reference: Wikipedia.

If the fiber bundle is a vector bundle, then the notion of parallel transport must be linear. Such a connection is equivalently specified by a covariant derivative, which is an operator that can differentiate sections of that bundle along tangent directions in the base manifold.

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Geometric meaning of symmetric connection

If $(M, g)$ is Riemannian manifold, there is unique connection $\nabla$, called Levi-Civita connection, satisfying the following conditions: 1) Compatibility with Riemannian metric, i.e. $\nabla(g)$=0 2) Symmetricity, i.e.…
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Collecting math websites

I would like to know math websites that are useful for students, PhD students and researchers (useful in the sense most of the students or researchers—of a particular area—are using it). Maybe you can share which math websites you sometime use and…
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Does the Levi-Civita connection determine the metric?

Can I reconstruct a Riemannian metric out of its Levi-Civita connection? In other words: Given two Riemannian metrics $g$ and $h$ on a manifold $M$ with the same Levi-Civita connection, can I conclude that $g=h$ up to scalars? If not, what can I say…
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Prove that Christoffel symbols transformation law via the metric tensor

It is known that the transformation rule when you change coordinate frames of the Christoffel symbol is: $$ \tilde \Gamma^{\mu}_{\nu\kappa} = {\partial \tilde x^\mu \over \partial x^\alpha} \left [ \Gamma^\alpha_{\beta \gamma}{\partial x^\beta \over…
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What is the affine connection, and what is the intuition behind/for affine connection?

Here is the definition of affine connection, as appears in Milnor's book Morse Theory. DEFINITION. An affine connection at a point $p \in \text{M}$ is a function which assigns to each tangent vector $\text{X}_p \in \text{TM}_p$ and to each vector…
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Torsion of a connection as an obstruction to integrability

Let $E$ be a vector bundle over a smooth manifold $M$ equipped with a linear connection $\nabla : \Gamma(E) \to \Omega^1(M;E).$ I say $(M,E,\nabla)$ is flat if it admits trivial local models; i.e. if for each $p \in M$ there is a $\nabla$-parallel…
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Is there a codifferential for a covariant exterior derivative?

For forms on a Riemannian $n$-manifold $(M,g)$ there is a notion of a codifferential $\delta$, which is adjoint to the exterior derivative: $$\int \langle d \alpha, \beta \rangle \operatorname{vol} = \int \langle \alpha, \delta \beta \rangle…
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Recovering connection from parallel transport

(doCarmo, Riemannian Geometry, p.56, Q2) I want to prove that the Levi-Civita connection $\nabla$ is given by $$ (\nabla_X Y)(p) = \frac{d}{dt} \Big(P_{c,t_0,t}^{-1}(Y(c(t)) \Big) \Big|_{t=t_0}, $$ where $p \in M$, $c \colon I \to M$ is an integral…
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Covariant derivative of vector field along itself: $\nabla_X X$

Consider a vector field $X$ on a smooth pseudo-Riemannian manifold $M$. Let $\nabla$ denote the Levi-Civita connection of $M$. Under which conditions can something interesting be said about the covariant derivative of $X$ along itself, i.e.…
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Connections on principal bundles and vector bundles

In Donaldson and Kronheimer's book on the geometry of four manifolds, a brief review of connections on principal bundles is given. Three equivalent definition are stated: 1) Via horizontal subspaces, 2) Via connections $1$-forms, 3) Via covariant…
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Splitting of the tangent bundle of a vector bundle and connections

Let $\pi:E\to M$ be a smooth vector bundle. Then we have the following exact sequence of vector bundles over $E$: $$ 0\to VE\xrightarrow{} TE\xrightarrow{\mathrm{d}\pi}\pi^*TM\to 0 $$ Here $VE$ is the vertical bundle, that is kernel of the bunble…
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When Two Connections Determine the Same Geodesics

It's my first question! I hope I'm correctly formatting it. I'm trying to prove that two connections $\nabla, \widetilde{\nabla}$ on a manifold determine the same geodesics iff their difference tensor is alternating. The difference tensor of two…
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Understanding the notion of a connection and covariant derivative

I have been reading Nakahara's book "Geometry, Topology & Physics" with the aim of teaching myself some differential geometry. Unfortunately I've gotten a little stuck on the notion of a connection and how it relates to the covariant derivative. As…
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Does Hodge-star commute with metric connections?

Let $E $ be a smooth oriented vector bundle over a manifold $M$. Suppose $E$ is equipped with a metric $\eta$, and a compatible connection $\nabla$. Denote the dimension of $E$'s fibers by $d$. Let $\Lambda_k(E)$ denote the exterior algebra bundle…
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Every vector bundle has a metric connection?

Let $(E,g)$ be a vector bundle with a metric over a manifold $M$. Does $(E,g)$ always admit a compatible (metric) connection? If so, are there examples where there exists only one such metric connection?
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