A characterization of space forms
Bull. Korean Math. Soc. 1998 Vol. 35, No. 4, 757-765
Dong-Soo Kim and Young Ho Kim
Chonnam National University, Kyungpook National University
Abstract : For a Riemannian manifold $(M^n, g)$, we consider the space $V(M^n, g)$of all smooth functions on $M^n$ whose Hessian is proportional to the metric tensor $g.$ It is well-known that if $M^n$ is a space form then $V(M^n)$ is of dimension $n+2.$ In this paper, conversely, we prove that if $V(M^n)$ is of dimension $\geq\;\;n+1,$ then $M^n$ is a Riemannian space form.
Keywords : Hessian, warped product, space form
MSC numbers : 53B20, 53C20
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