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Geodesics in metrical connections

Author: Richard S. Millman
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 30 (1971), 551-555
MSC: Primary 53.70
MathSciNet review: 0282312
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Abstract: To each connection on a Riemannian manifold we define a tensor called the Q-tensor. We prove that two metrical connections have the same geodesics if and only if their Q-tensors are equal. We then show that any manifold of dimension greater than two admits many metrical connections having the same geodesics; in particular, the Q-tensor is a strictly weaker invariant than the torsion.

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Keywords: Metrical connections, geodesics, Q-tensor
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