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Projectively equivalent metrics, exact transverse line fields and the geodesic flow on the ellipsoid

  • S. Tabachnikov

    University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, USA
Projectively equivalent metrics, exact transverse line fields and the geodesic flow on the ellipsoid cover
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Abstract

We give a new proof of the complete integrability of the geodesic flow on the ellipsoid (in Euclidean, spherical or hyperbolic space). The proof is based on the construction of a metric on the ellipsoid whose non-parameterized geodesics coincide with those of the standard metric. This new metric is induced by the hyperbolic metric inside the ellipsoid (Klein's model).

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S. Tabachnikov, Projectively equivalent metrics, exact transverse line fields and the geodesic flow on the ellipsoid. Comment. Math. Helv. 74 (1999), no. 2, pp. 306–321

DOI 10.1007/S000140050091