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What does it mean by a Riemannian metric on a vector bundle? 
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Mar1811, 05:32 PM

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It's really a question about convention. Does such a metric have to be linear on each fiber?



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Mar1811, 06:38 PM

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What does it mean by a Riemannian metric on a vector bundle?
In other words, are we allowed to "curve" the base space only or the entire space?



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Mar1811, 06:41 PM

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There is generally no natural Euclidean metric on a fiber. If you have a submanifold of another manifold then its tangent and normal bundles inherit a metric from the metric on the tangent space of the ambient manifold. 


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Mar1811, 07:00 PM

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Different fibers are different vector spaces and generally have different metrics  which means there is no natural way to compare these vector spaces or their metrics. 


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Mar1811, 07:02 PM

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Thanks! That's clear now.



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