Illinois Journal of Mathematics

Harmonic maps from Finsler manifolds

Xiaohuan Mo

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A Finsler manifold is a Riemannian manifold without the quadratic restriction. In this paper we introduce the energy functional, the Euler-Lagrange operator, and the stress-energy tensor for a smooth map $\phi$ from a Finsler manifold to a Riemannian manifold. We show that $\phi$ is an extremal of the energy functional if and only if $\phi$ satisfies the corresponding Euler-Lagrange equation. We also characterize weak Landsberg manifolds in terms of harmonicity and horizontal conservativity. Using the representation of a tension field in terms of geodesic coefficients, we construct new examples of harmonic maps from Berwald manifolds which are neither Riemannian nor Minkowskian.

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Illinois J. Math., Volume 45, Number 4 (2001), 1331-1345.

First available in Project Euclid: 13 November 2009

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Primary: 53C43: Differential geometric aspects of harmonic maps [See also 58E20]
Secondary: 53C60: Finsler spaces and generalizations (areal metrics) [See also 58B20] 58E20: Harmonic maps [See also 53C43], etc.


Mo, Xiaohuan. Harmonic maps from Finsler manifolds. Illinois J. Math. 45 (2001), no. 4, 1331--1345. doi:10.1215/ijm/1258138069.

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