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What is the minimal length of a “Diagonal” in a Torus?

Given a Riemannian torus $(T,d)$ with fundamental group $\pi_1(T)=\langle a,b \mid ab=ba \rangle$. Denote for any $\gamma \in \pi_1(T)$ the infimum length of all representatives of $\gamma$ by $L(\...
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Angles between simple, closed geodesics on convex surface

It is known that there are at least three simple, closed geodesics on the surface of any smooth convex body $K$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$, the Lusternik-Schnirelmann Theorem (see links below for references). ...
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Is there the longest geodesic?

Given a closed 2-surface $M$ together with a Riemannian metric $g$. We pick a free homotopy class $\gamma \in \pi_1(M)$ and consider the set $C(\gamma)$ of all closed geodesics homotopic to $\gamma$. ...
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Infinitely many simple closed geodesics in any compact orientable surface but the sphere

My question is the following: if $(\Sigma, g)$ is any compact orientable Riemannian surface of genus $g \geq 1$, is it true that there are infinitely many closed, simple and geometrically distinct ...
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Metrics on torus without closed contractible geodesics

It is easy to see that any closed geodesic on a flat 2-torus is noncontractible. Further the same holds true for a torus of revolution. Indeed either a closed geodesic is a meridian and therefore ...
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Is this $a(p)=\lim_{r\to \infty} \frac{VolS(p,r)}{e^{h r}}$ exists and applied for manifolds with positive curvature?

In $1969$, Margulis proved, for suitable constant $h>0$and $r$ is a positive constant that : $a(p)=\lim_{r\to \infty} \frac{VolS(p,r)}{e^{h r}}$ with ($(S(p,r)$ is geodesic spheres), exists at ...
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A problem on Gauss--Bonnet formula

While teaching a course in differential geometry, I came up with the following problem, which I think is cool. Assume $\gamma$ is a closed geodesic on a sphere $\Sigma$ with positive Gauss curvature. ...
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Ergodicity of geodesic flow in negative curvatutre as a possible obstruction for consideration of limit cycles as closed geodesics(4)

Does the ergodicity of geodesic flow of compact surfaces with negative curvature stile hold for non compact case? Is not the ergocity theorems of geodesic flow an obstruction to have a ...
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A foliation of the cylinder by closed geodesics of the same length when the metric is complete but non flat

Is there a complete Riemannian metric on the cylinder such that the metric is not flat but the cylinder is foliated by closed geodesics with the same length? A possibility non complete ...
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(Some possible obstructions to ) Limit cycles as closed geodesics(3)

First we explain our Motivation: Motivation: First note that there is no a Riemannian metric on an open set of the plane which possess two nested closed geodesics $\gamma_1, \gamma_2$ ...
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Closed geodesics on constant positive Gauss curvature surfaces

Can we show that geodesics with a rational radius $ r_{mid-equator} =a q/p \,(p>q ) $ at mid-equator on a spindle type surface of revolution of constant Gauss curvature $ (K=1/a^2 \, $in $\, \...