SECOND ORDER TANGENT VECTORS IN RIEMANNIAN GEOMETRY

  • Kwon, Soon-Hak
  • Published : 1999.09.01

Abstract

This paper considers foundational issues related to connections in the tangent bundle of a manifold. The approach makes use of second order tangent vectors, i.e., vectors tangent to the tangent bundle. The resulting second order tangent bundle has certain properties, above and beyond those of a typical tangent bundle. In particular, it has a natural secondary vector bundle structure and a canonical involution that interchanges the two structures. The involution provides a nice way to understand the torsion of a connection. The latter parts of the paper deal with the Levi-Civita connection of a Riemannian manifold. The idea is to get at the connection by first finding its.spary. This is a second order vector field that encodes the second order differential equation for geodesics. The paper also develops some machinery involving lifts of vector fields form a manifold to its tangent bundle and uses a variational approach to produce the Riemannian spray.

Keywords

connections in vector bundles;second order tangent vectors;canonical involution;torsion;geodesic spray;horizontal;canonical;and linear lifts;symmetric vector fields

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