© 1978

Lectures on Closed Geodesics


Part of the Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften book series (GL, volume 230)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Wilhelm Klingenberg
    Pages 1-31
  3. Wilhelm Klingenberg
    Pages 77-121
  4. Wilhelm Klingenberg
    Pages 122-166
  5. Wilhelm Klingenberg
    Pages 167-202
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 203-230

About this book


The question of existence of c10sed geodesics on a Riemannian manifold and the properties of the corresponding periodic orbits in the geodesic flow has been the object of intensive investigations since the beginning of global differential geo­ metry during the last century. The simplest case occurs for c10sed surfaces of negative curvature. Here, the fundamental group is very large and, as shown by Hadamard [Had] in 1898, every non-null homotopic c10sed curve can be deformed into a c10sed curve having minimallength in its free homotopy c1ass. This minimal curve is, up to the parameterization, uniquely determined and represents a c10sed geodesic. The question of existence of a c10sed geodesic on a simply connected c10sed surface is much more difficult. As pointed out by Poincare [po 1] in 1905, this problem has much in common with the problem ofthe existence of periodic orbits in the restricted three body problem. Poincare [l.c.] outlined a proof that on an analytic convex surface which does not differ too much from the standard sphere there always exists at least one c10sed geodesic of elliptic type, i. e., the corres­ ponding periodic orbit in the geodesic flow is infinitesimally stable.


Geschlossene Geodätische Riemannian manifold Riemannian manifolds Riemannsche Mannigfaltigkeit curvature manifold

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematisches Institut der Universität BonnBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Lectures on Closed Geodesics
  • Authors W. Klingenberg
  • Series Title Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1978
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-08393-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-61883-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-61881-9
  • Series ISSN 0072-7830
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 230
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Differential Geometry
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