Publications [#243380] of Robert Bryant

Papers Published

  1. Bryant, RL, Some remarks on Finsler manifolds with constant flag curvature, Houston Journal of Mathematics, vol. 28 no. 2 (2002), pp. 221-262
    (last updated on 2018/02/22)

    This article is an exposition of four loosely related remarks on the geometry of Finsler manifolds with constant positive flag curvature. The first remark is that there is a canonical Kahler structure on the space of geodesics of such a manifold. The second remark is that there is a natural way to construct a (not necessarily complete) Finsler n-manifold of constant positive flag curvature out of a hypersurface in suitably general position in complex projective n-space. The third remark is that there is a description of the Finsler metrics of constant curvature on the 2-sphere in terms of a Riemannian metric and 1-form on the space of its geodesics. In particular, this allows one to use any (Riemannian) Zoll metric of positive Gauss curvature on the 2-sphere to construct a global Finsler metric of constant positive curvature on the 2-sphere. The fourth remark concerns the generality of the space of (local) Finsler metrics of constant positive flag curvature in dimension n+1>2 . It is shown that such metrics depend on n(n+1) arbitrary functions of n+1 variables and that such metrics naturally correspond to certain torsion- free S^1 x GL(n,R)-structures on 2n-manifolds. As a by- product, it is found that these groups do occur as the holonomy of torsion-free affine connections in dimension 2n, a hitherto unsuspected phenomenon.