The ratio of the length of the unit circle to the area of the unit disc in Minkowski planes

Author:
Zokhrab Mustafaev

Journal:
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. **133** (2005), 1231-1237

MSC (2000):
Primary 52A10, 52A40

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-04-07662-2

Published electronically:
September 16, 2004

MathSciNet review:
2117226

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Abstract: In their paper ``An Introduction to Finsler Geometry,'' J. C. Alvarez and C. Duran asked if there are other Minkowski planes besides the Euclidean for which the ratio of the Minkowski length of the unit ``circle'' to the Holmes-Thompson area of the unit disc equals 2. In this paper we show that this ratio is greater than 2, and that the ratio 2 is achieved only for Minkowski planes that are affine equivalent to the Euclidean plane. In other words, the ratio is 2 only when the unit ``circle'' is an ellipse.

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**Zokhrab Mustafaev**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 1212 Williams Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York 14850

Email:
zmustafaev@ithaca.edu

DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-04-07662-2

Received by editor(s):
October 28, 2003

Received by editor(s) in revised form:
December 15, 2003

Published electronically:
September 16, 2004

Communicated by:
Jon G. Wolfson

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American Mathematical Society

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