We begin the study of billiard dynamics in Finsler geometry. We deduce the Finsler billiard reflection law from the “least action principle”, and extend the basic properties of Riemannian and Euclidean billiards to the Finsler and Minkowski settings, respectively. We prove that the Finsler billiard map is a symplectomorphism, and compute the mean free path of the Finsler billiard ball. For the planar Minkowski billiard we obtain the mirror equation, and extend the Mather's non-existence of caustics result. We establish an orbit-to-orbit duality for Minkowski billiards.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mathematical Physics
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Geometry and Topology