The optimal lower bound estimation of the number of closed geodesics on Finsler compact space form $S^{2n+1}/ \Gamma$

31 May 2019  ·  Liu Hui ·

Let $M=S^{2n+1}/ \Gamma$, $\Gamma$ is a finite group which acts freely and isometrically on the $(2n+1)$-sphere and therefore $M$ is diffeomorphic to a compact space form. In this paper, we first investigate Katok's famous example about irreversible Finsler metrics on the spheres to study the topological structure of the contractible component of the free loop space on the compact space form $M$, then we apply the result to establish the resonance identity for homologically visible contractible minimal closed geodesics on every Finsler compact space form $(M, F)$ when there exist only finitely many distinct contractible minimal closed geodesics on $(M, F)$... As its applications, using this identity and the enhanced common index jump theorem for symplectic paths proved by Duan, Long and Wang in \cite{DLW2}, we show that there exist at least $2n+2$ distinct closed geodesics on every compact space form $S^{2n+1}/ \Gamma$ with a bumpy irreversible Finsler metric $F$ under some natural curvature condition, which is the optimal lower bound due to Katok's example. read more

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Dynamical Systems Differential Geometry Symplectic Geometry