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Generalized Finsler structures on closed 3-manifolds

Gheorghe Pitiş, Sorin V. Sabau, and Kazuhiro Shibuya

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An $(I,J,K)$-generalized Finsler structure on a 3-manifold is a generalization of a Finslerian structure, introduced by R. Bryant in order to separate and clarify the local and global aspects in Finsler geometry making use of Cartan's method of exterior differential systems. In this paper, we show that there is a close relation between $(I,J,1)$-generalized Finsler structures and a class of contact circles, namely the so-called Cartan structures.This correspondence allows us to determine the topology of 3-manifolds that admit $(I,J,1)$-generalized Finsler structures and to single out classes of $(I,J,1)$-generalized Finsler structures induced by standard Cartan structures.

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Tohoku Math. J. (2), Volume 66, Number 3 (2014), 321-353.

First available in Project Euclid: 8 October 2014

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Primary: 53C60: Finsler spaces and generalizations (areal metrics) [See also 58B20]
Secondary: 53D35: Global theory of symplectic and contact manifolds [See also 57Rxx]

Generalized Finsler manifolds taut contact circles contact topology


Sabau, Sorin V.; Shibuya, Kazuhiro; Pitiş, Gheorghe. Generalized Finsler structures on closed 3-manifolds. Tohoku Math. J. (2) 66 (2014), no. 3, 321--353. doi:10.2748/tmj/1412783202.

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