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FSF3674 Differential Geometry 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2023 Start 28 Aug 2023 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSF3674 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents


  • Manifolds, semi-Riemannian metrics, curvature, submanifolds, hyperquadrics, geodesics, comparison theorems for positive/negative curvature.

Followed by a selection from the subjects:

  • Curvature in general, holonomy, characteristic classes
  • Lorentzian geometry, Hawking-Penrose singularity theorems
  • Lie groups, homogeneous spaces, symmetric spaces
  • Morse theory, De Rham cohomology
  • Elliptic operators, spectral geometry, index theory
  • Vector fields, distributions, foliations, differential systems,
  • Frobenius theorem
  • General relativity

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should have a sufficiently wide and deep knowledge of differential geometry to be able to start reading research level texts in the area and be able to connect and apply methods and results of differential geometry to other areas of mathematics.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Prerequisite for the course is knowledge of differential geometry (differential manifolds, tensors, differential forms) corresponding for example to the advanced level course SF2722 “Differential geometry”. Further, the participants should have read advanced level courses on algebra, analysis, and topology.

Recommended prerequisites

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For the introduction:

  • Barrett O'Neill, "Semi-Riemannian Geometry"

  • Christian Bär, lecture notes

For the other subjects:

  • Hand outs of appropriate literature.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Completed homework assignments and oral test or presentation.

Other requirements for final grade

Homework assignments and oral test or presentation.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Hans Ringström (; Mattias Dahl (

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Mathematics