We construct and discuss new numerical homotopy invariants of topological spaces that are suitable for the study of functions on loop and sphere spaces. These invariants resemble the Lusternik-Schnirelmann category and provide lower bounds for the numbers of critical orbits of SO(n)-invariant functions on spaces of n-spheres in a manifold. Lower bounds on these invariants are derived using weights of cohomology classes. As an application, we prove new existence results for closed geodesics on Finsler manifolds of positive flag curvature satisfying a pinching condition.
- Pub Date:
- November 2019
- Mathematics - Geometric Topology;
- Mathematics - Algebraic Topology;
- Mathematics - Differential Geometry;
- 35 pages, revised version. To appear in Algebraic &