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Helgason spheres of compact symmetric spaces and immersions of finite type

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 April 2009

Bang-Yen Chen
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Department of Mathematics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824–1027, United States of America e-mail: bychen@math.msu.edu
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Abstract

A unit speed curve γ = γ(s) in a Riemannian manifold N is called a circle if there exists a unit vector field Y(s) along γ and a positive constant k such that ∇sγ′(s) = kY(s), ∇sY(s) = −kγ′(s). A maximal totally geodesic sphere with maximal sectional curvature in a compact irreducible symmetric space M is called a Helgason sphere. A circle which lies in a Helgason sphere of a compact symmetric space is called a Helgason circle. In this article we establish some fundamental relationships between Helgason circles, Helgason spheres of irreducible symmetric spaces of compact type and the theory of immersions of finite type.

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Copyright © Australian Mathematical Society 2001

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