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Projectively flat Finsler metrics of constant flag curvature

Author: Zhongmin Shen
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 355 (2003), 1713-1728
MSC (2000): Primary 53C60, 53A20
Published electronically: December 2, 2002
MathSciNet review: 1946412
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Abstract: Finsler metrics on an open subset in $\mathrm {R}^n$ with straight geodesics are said to be projective. It is known that the flag curvature of any projective Finsler metric is a scalar function of tangent vectors (the flag curvature must be a constant if it is Riemannian). In this paper, we discuss the classification problem on projective Finsler metrics of constant flag curvature. We express them by a Taylor expansion or an algebraic formula. Many examples constructed in this paper can be used as models in Finsler geometry.

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Zhongmin Shen
Affiliation: Department of Mathematical Sciences, IUPUI, 402 N. Blackford Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3216

Received by editor(s): July 1, 2002
Published electronically: December 2, 2002
Article copyright: © Copyright 2002 American Mathematical Society