Flat pencils of metrics and Frobenius manifolds


This paper is based on the author's talk at 1997 Taniguchi Symposium ``Integrable Systems and Algebraic Geometry''. We consider an approach to the theory of Frobenius manifolds based on the geometry of flat pencils of contravariant metrics. It is shown that, under certain homogeneity assumptions, these two objects are identical. The flat pencils of contravariant metrics on a manifold MM appear naturally in the classification of bihamiltonian structures of hydrodynamics type on the loop space L(M)L(M). This elucidates the relations between Frobenius manifolds and integrable hierarchies.Comment: 25 pages, no figures, plain Te

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