global isometric embedding of smooth Riemannian manifolds. The main results
are the following.
1.0.1. Any analytic n-dimensional Riemannian manifold admits an
analytic local isometric embedding in
1.0.2. Any smooth n-dimensional Riemannian manifold admits a
smooth local isometric embedding in R S n + n .
1.0.3. Any smooth n-dimensional compact Riemannian manifold ad-
mits a smooth isometric embedding in
for q = max{sn + 2n, sn + n + 5}.
We prove Theorems 1.0.1-1.0.3 by solving (1.0.1). For Theorems 1.0.1 and
1.0.2, it suffices to solve the local version (1.0.4).
Theorem 1.0.1 is referred to as the Janet-Cartan Theorem. It was proved by
Janet [123] for n 2 and Cartan [32] for the general case. In Section 1.1, we
provide a proof of Theorem 1.0.1, based on the Cauchy-Kowalevski Theorem.
In Section 1.2, we prove Theorem 1.0.2, which is due to Gromov and Rokhlin
[71] and also Greene [65]. Here, a crucial step is to solve a perturbation problem
for the isometric embedding. The nonlinear partial differential equation for such
a perturbed problem exhibits a loss of differentiability. By applying the Laplacian
operator, rearranging the resulting equation and then applying the inverse of the
Laplacian operator, we may rewrite this equation in a form which is essentially
elliptic. Then there is no loss of differentiability and we may solve it by a standard
Theorem 1.0.3 is often referred to as the Nash Embedding Theorem. It was
first proved by Nash [166], with a bigger dimension q. The present form was due to
Giinther [75]. The proof of Theorem 1.0.3, to be presented in Section 1.3, consists
of two steps. First, for any Riemannian metric g on the manifold M
, we find an
embedding u$ :

such that g duo duo is also a metric. Second, we
modify UQ to get u satisfying du- du = g. During this process, we need to maintain
that u is still an embedding. In this, the technique developed in the second section
plays an important role.
1.1. Local Isometric Embedding of Analytic Metrics
In this section, we discuss the local isometric embedding of analytic Riemann-
ian manifolds and prove Theorem 1.0.1 by solving (1.0.4). The proof is based on
the Cauchy-Kowalevski Theorem, which asserts the local solvability of the Cauchy
problem of certain classes of analytic differential systems with analytic Cauchy data
prescribed on an analytic noncharacteristic hypersurface. However, the Cauchy-
Kowaleski Theorem cannot be applied directly to the differential system (1.0.4). In
the following, we rewrite (1.0.4) for the metric g given in geodesic coordinates as
an equivalent differential system with a naturally prescribed Cauchy data so that
we may apply the Cauchy-Kowaleski Theorem to get a local solution.
We first introduce a concept, which will be useful throughout this chapter. Let
Mn be a C2 n-dimensional manifold and let u : Mn Rq be a C2 map. For any
given point p G M n , we define the osculating space T2(u) by
(1.1.1) T^(u)= span {diu(p),diju(p); i, j = 1, ...,n} .
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