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Title: A Riemannian approach to randers geodesics
Authors: Brody, DC
Gibbons, GW
Meier, DM
Keywords: Finsler geometry;Zermelo navigation;Randers metric;Control theory
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Journal of Geometry and Physics, 106: pp. 98–101, (2016)
Abstract: In certain circumstances tools of Riemannian geometry are sufficient to address questions arising in the more general Finslerian context. We show that one such instance presents itself in the characterisation of geodesics in Randers spaces of constant flag curvature. To achieve a simple, Riemannian derivation of this special family of curves, we exploit the connection between Randers spaces and the Zermelo problem of time-optimal navigation in the presence of background fields. The characterisation of geodesics is then proven by generalising an intuitive argument developed recently for the solution of the quantum Zermelo problem.
ISSN: 0393-0440
Appears in Collections:Dept of Mathematics Research Papers

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