On Randers spaces of constant flag curvature
This paper concerns a ubiquitous class of Finsler metrics on smooth manifolds of dimension n. These are the Randers metrics. They figure prominently in both the theory and the applications of Finsler geometry. For n ≥ 3, we consider only those with constant flag curvature. For n = 2, we focus on those whose flag curvature is a (possibly constant) function of position only. We characterize such metrics by three efficient conditions. With the help of examples in 2 and 3 dimensions, we deduce that the Yasuda-Shimada classification of Randers space forms actually addresses only a special case. The corrected classification for that special case is sharp, holds for n ≥ 2, and follows readily from our three necessary and sufficient conditions.
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