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A Characterisation for Finsler Metrics of Constant Curvature and a Finslerian Version of Beltrami Theorem

  • Ioan BucataruEmail author
  • Georgeta Creţu
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Abstract

We define a Weyl-type curvature tensor that provides a characterisation for Finsler metrics of constant flag curvature. When the Finsler metric reduces to a Riemannian metric, the Weyl-type curvature tensor reduces to the classical projective Weyl tensor. In the general case, the Weyl-type curvature tensor differs from the Weyl projective curvature, it is not a projective invariant, and hence Beltrami Theorem does not work in Finsler geometry. We provide the relation between the Weyl-type curvature tensors of two projectively related Finsler metrics. Using this formula we show that a projective deformation preserves the property of having constant flag curvature if and only if the projective factor is a Hamel function. This way we provide a Finslerian version of Beltrami Theorem.

Keywords

Finsler metrics Constant flag curvature Weyl-type curvature Beltrami Theorem 

Mathematics Subject Classification

53C60 53B40 58E30 49N45 

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Acknowledgements

We express our thanks to Vladimir Matveev, Zhongmin Shen and József Szilasi for their comments and suggestions on this work. This work is supported by Ministry of Research and Innovation within Program 1—Development of the national RD system, Subprogram 1.2— Institutional Performance—RDI excellence funding projects, Contract no. 34PFE/19.10.2018.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of MathematicsAlexandru Ioan Cuza UniversityIasiRomania

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