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The tangent spherical image and ccr-curve of a time-like curve in
© İyigün; licensee Springer 2013
- Received: 11 December 2012
- Accepted: 28 January 2013
- Published: 18 February 2013
In this work, we define the tangent spherical image of a unit speed time-like curve lying on the pseudohyperbolic space in . In addition, we calculate a ccr-curve of this curve in . Besides, we determine a relation between harmonic curvature and a ccr-curve in , and so we obtain some new results.
- Lorentzian Space
- Null Curve
- Arbitrary Curve
- Unit Vector Field
- Harmonic Curvature
time-like if ,
space-like if or ,
a null (or light-like) vector if , .
Definition 1.1 An arbitrary curve in the space can locally be space-like, time-like or a null curve if, respectively, all of its velocity vectors are space-like, time-like or null .
then the function is called an i th curvature function of the time-like curve α, and the real is also called an i th curvature at the point .
where ∇ is the Levi-Civita connection of .
Definition 1.4 A non-null curve is called a W-curve (or helix) of rank3, if α is a Frenet curve of osculating order 3 and the Frenet curvatures , , are non-zero constants.
are called harmonic curvatures of α, where , are Frenet curvatures of α which are not necessarily constant.
then α is called a general helix (inclined curves) in , φ is called a slope angle and the space is called a slope axis .
holds, where is a real constant.
We have the following results.
If , then α is a straight line.
If is constant, then α is a general helix of rank1.
Proof By the use of the above definition, we obtain the proof. □
where is harmonic curvature of α.
Proof By using the Frenet formulas and the definitions of harmonic curvatures, we get the result. □
Now, we will give the relation between harmonic curvature and a ccr-curve in .
Definition 2.4 A curve is said to have constant curvature ratios (that is to say, it is a ccr-curve) if all the quotients are constant, where .
Corollary 2.2 For , the ccr-curve is .
Proof The proof can be easily seen by using the definitions of harmonic curvature and ccr-curve. □
Corollary 2.3 Let be a ccr-curve. If , c is a constant, then .
Proof The proof is obvious. □
Definition 3.1 
with dimension 2 and index 0.
Definition 3.2 Let be a unit speed time-like curve in . If we translate the tangent vector to the center 0 of the pseudohyperbolic space , we obtain a curve . This curve is called the tangent spherical image of a curve α in .
Theorem 3.1 
Let be a unit speed time-like curve and be its tangent spherical image. Then is a space-like curve.
Let be a unit speed time-like curve and be its tangent spherical image. If α is a ccr-curve or a helix (i.e. W-curve), then δ is also a helix.
Proof From  it is easy to see the proof of the theorem. □
Thus is a ccr-curve in .
Dedicated to Prof. Hari M. Srivastava.
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