#### Document Type

Article

#### Disciplines

Mathematics

#### Abstract

A Hopf hypersurface in a (para-)Kaehler manifold is a real hypersurface for which one of the principal directions of the second fundamental form is the (para-)complex dual of the normal vector. We consider particular Hopf hypersurfaces in the space of oriented geodesics of a non-flat space form of dimension greater than 2. For spherical and hyperbolic space forms, the space of oriented geodesics admits a canonical Kaehler–Einstein and para-Kaehler–Einstein structure, respectively, so that a natural notion of a Hopf hypersurface exists. The particular hypersurfaces considered are formed by the oriented geodesics that are tangent to a given convex hypersurface in the underlying space form. We prove that a tangent hypersurface is Hopf in the space of oriented geodesics with respect to this canonical (para-)Kaehler structure if and only if the underlying convex hypersurface is totally umbilic. In the case of three dimensional space forms there exists a second canonical complex structure which can also be used to define Hopf hypersurfaces. We prove that in this dimension, the tangent hypersurface of a convex hypersurface in the space form is Hopf if and only if the underlying convex hypersurface is totally umbilic.

#### Recommended Citation

Georgiou, N., Guilfoyle, B. Hopf hypersurfaces in spaces of oriented geodesics. J. Geom. 108, 1129–1135 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00022-017-0400-4

## Publication Details

Journal of Geometry

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