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Neumann boundary conditions on S^1/Z_2

  1. Apr 30, 2010 #1
    Hello everybody,

    I've been puzzling over something (quite simple I assume).

    Take S^1. Now consider the action of a Z_2 which takes x to -x, where x is a natural coordinate on the cylinder ( -1< x <1). Now we mod out by this action. The new space is an orbifold: smooth except at x=0. It is diffeomorphic to the line internal. We can take 0< x <1 as a coordinate on S^1/Z_2.

    Take the set of functions on S^1, call it F_s. To find the set of functions on S^1/Z_2, we should restrict F_s to the the functions which are invariant under the Z_2 action. I.e. they should be symmetric under the reflection. These functions all have f '(0)=f '(1) = 0. These are Neumann boundary conditions on the boundary of S^1/Z_2.

    Firstly, correct any errors I have made here. My question is: why must there be Neumann boundary conditions on functions on the line interval? Is this a generic property of manifolds with boundaries? Why are Dirichlet conditions not possible here? Is the singularity important in this example?

    Comments welcome. Thank you!
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  3. Apr 30, 2010 #2
    Just to correct myself: there are two singularities on S_1/Z_2 , at x=0,1. Strictly speaking we should use two coordinate patches. So there are singularities at each end of the line interval, just where my boundary conditions are.
  4. May 1, 2010 #3


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    I am not sure what you are doing. Are you modding the unit disc out by reflection along the x axis?
  5. May 1, 2010 #4
    I'm modding out the circle (e.g. x^2 + y^2 =1) by reflection about the y-axis.
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