# Definition:Normal Space/Manifold

## Definition

Let $\struct {\tilde M, \tilde g}$ be a Riemannian manifold.

Let $M \subseteq \tilde M$ be a smooth submanifold with or without boundary in $\tilde M$.

Let $p \in M$ be a point in $M$.

Suppose $v$ is normal to $M$ at $p$.

The set of all such $v$ at $p$ is called the normal space (of $M$ at $p$) and is denoted by $N_p M = \paren {T_p M}^\perp$