hi,

I have the following question: Let $(M,g)$ be a complete Riemannian manifold with all sectional curvatures non-positive. Let $p \in M$ and consider the function $d(x)=dist_{g}(x,p)$ in a sufficiently small neigbourhood of $p$ (one can assume that this neigbourhood is actually given by normal coordinates, hence by the exponential map $exp_{p}$). Let $\gamma : [0, \epsilon] \rightarrow M$ be a geodesic in this neighbourood starting at $p$. Let furthermore $J$ be a Jacobifield along with $J(0) = 0$ and $\frac{D}{dt}|_{t=0}J = v$ and $J(\epsilon) = w \not= 0$ and orthogonal to $\gamma$. Can one then make the following approximation: $\frac{d(\gamma(t))}{2} \cdot \frac{d}{dt}|J|^{2} \geq |J|^{2}$ ? If yes, why is this so? Hope for answers and tanks in advance.

greetings pascal