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Characterization of the medial axis of a surface

I would like to know if the following "characterization" of the medial axis of a surface is correct, and if so, how to prove it. Let $S$ be a continuous, piecewise smooth, compact surface embedded in ...
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Is the hypersurface satisfying $\langle x-x_0,\nu\rangle>0$ diffeomorphic to sphere?

Let $p:M\to \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ be the closed immersed hypersurface. Is the following thing right? If there exists a point $x_0$ in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ such that $\langle x(p)-x_0,\nu(p)\rangle>0$ ...
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Ellipses on spheres (and other surfaces)

Define an ellipse $E$ on a sphere as the locus of points whose sum of shortest geodesic distances to two foci $p_1$ and $p_2$ is a constant $d$. There are conditions on $\{ p_1, p_2, d \}$ for this ...
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isoperimetric problems on Alexandrov spaces

For an Alexandrov space M with curvature bounded from below, the isoperimetric profile $v \to I_M(v)$ defined for every $v\in (0,V(M))$ (the volume of M might be infinite), is given by $$ ...
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215 views

Taylor expansion of the determinant of a Riemannian metric

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary. Fix a point $x\in M$ and $N\ge 2$ large. Then there exists a metric $\tilde g$, conformal to $g$ such that $$ \det \tilde g=1+O(r^N)$$ ...
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Can we obtain topology results using analysis in metric measures spaces?

Let $M$ be a smooth compact manifold. It is known that a lower bound on the Ricci curvature is equivalent to the convexity of the entropy on $\mathcal{P}^2(M)$ (Von Rennesse and Sturm '05), but I ...
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both convex and superharmonic function on manifold concave?

M is a non-compact Rimannian manifold without boundary. $f\in W_{loc}^{1,2}(M)$ satisfies $\Delta f \leq c$ in the weak sense, i.e. $$ -\int_M \langle \nabla f,\nabla \psi \rangle dvol \leq c\int_M ...
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Riemannian distance functions on the real line

A distance function $d: \mathbb{R} \times \mathbb{R} \rightarrow [0,\infty)$ that is defined by a smooth Riemannian metric on the real line satisfies the following properties: $d$ is a length metric ...
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Does the R-sphere condition imply that a surface is locally a graph of function on a ball of radius R?

Let $S$ be a $C^2$-regular hypersurface with $S=\partial V$ for some open set $V \subset R^{N+1}$, and let $\nu(P)$ be the exterior unit normal of $S$ with respect to $V$. Assume that $S$ satisfies ...
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diameter as a Morse function

Consider the space $X_1$ of closed subsets not containing a pair of antipodal points of the unit circle. Here we have a kind of degenerate Morse function, defined by the diameter of the pointset. ...
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On bi-invariant metrics on groups

I'm looking for a quick, snap-your-fingers proof of the following result: A continuous length metric on $\mathbb{R}^n$ that is invariant under translations comes from a norm. To be clear about ...
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When is the Gromov--Hausdorff limit of a sequence of manifolds itself a manifold?

Suppose a metric space $X$ is the Gromov--Hausdorff limit of a sequence of Riemannian three-manifolds $M_i$ with Ricci curvature bounded from below and not collapsed. Is $X$ a manifold? What ...
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A question on Hilbert geometries as metric-measure spaces

Recall that a Hilbert geometry is the interior of a convex body $K \subset \mathbb{R}^n$ provided with the metric $$ d(x,y) = \frac{1}{2} \ln\left(\frac{|x-b|}{|y-b|}\frac{|y-a|}{|x-a|}\right) , $$ ...
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Groups of equi-quasi-isometric diffeomorphisms of a Riemannian surface of bounded geometry

Let $M$ be an open Riemannian surface of bounded geometry. Let $\Gamma$ be a group of diffeomorphisms of $M$. Suppose that $\Gamma$ is equi-quasi-isometric; i.e., its elements are (differentiable) ...
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How to define the distributional Hessian for a convex function on a $C^0$ Riemannian manifold?

M is a $C^1$ manifold with a $C^0$ Riemannian metric, f is a convex function on M. How to define a functional on M which can represent $Hessf$? For example: for $\Delta f$ we can define the ...
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Is there a sideways-walking rolling convex body?

Let $K$ be a solid, homogenous convex body in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Place $K$ on an inclined plane, and let it roll down the plane, under some reasonable assumptions of friction between $K$ and the plane, ...
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Buseman function is regular on manifolds without boundary containing a line?

For an n-dim noncompact manifold M without boundary. Assume M contains a line $\gamma$. For every point $p \in M$, let $\widetilde{p\gamma(t)}$ be the geodesic from p to $\gamma(t)$. Choose a ...
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Guassian upper bound of the heat kernel implies ultracontrativity?

For spaces satisfies uniformlly local doubling and Poincare inequality (for example, Riemannian manifold with Ricci curvature bounded below RCD(K,N)). By Sturm's paper, we have bounds on the heat ...
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Volume-preserving projective transformations are isometries

What is a simple, elementary proof of the following result? A continuously differentiable map from the unit sphere $S^n \subset \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ $(n > 1)$ to itself that preserves volumes and ...
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368 views

Triple bubble conjecture: Natural candidate?

Is there a standard natural candidate surface for the shape that encloses three given volumes in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and has minimal surface area? I know the planar triple bubble conjecture was ...
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quantitative version of the rigidity of the 2-sphere

I am looking for a quantitaive version of the following theorem: A compact surface with $K\equiv 1$ is isometric to the round sphere. Of course I get the Berger, Brendle-Schoen Theorem which insures ...
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1answer
197 views

A question on differential forms and integral invariants

The following question comes up in the study of metrics with the same unparameterized geodesics in Riemannian and Finsler geometry: Question. Let $M$ be a closed manifold of dimension $2n+1$ and let ...
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Boundaries of relatively hyperbolic groups

When the interior of an n-manifold $M$ has a pinched negative curvature metric of finite volume, then its fundamental group $\Gamma=\pi_1M$ is relatively hyperbolic relative to the parabolic groups ...
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Surfaces with many (but not solely) closed geodesics?

Let $S$ be a closed surface embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$, let's say of genus zero. I seek examples of $S$ with the following property: If one selects a random any point $p$ on $S$, and a random ...
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75 views

harmonic maps from cone to $S^2$ locally lipschitz?

Are the harmonic maps from a 2-dimensional cone to $S^2$ locally lipschitz or Holder continuous?
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228 views

Why is proving $C^{\infty}$ regularity of sub Riemannian geodesics so hard?

In Montgomery's A Tour of Subriemannian Geometries, Their Geodesics and Applications, problem 10.1 in Chapter 10 asks "Is every minimizing geodesic smooth ?". Can someone explain what are the major ...
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Local vs distance function metric structures

The geodesic distance $d(p_1, p_2)$ on a geodesically complete, Riemanian manifold is a metric in the sense of a metric space metric. I'd like to know when other infinitesimal metric structures (e.g. ...
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203 views

Möbius transformation by 3 points in the Minkowski model

Goal I'm interested in describing Möbius transformations in the plane, and I'd like to define them in terms of three points and their images. What I have tried I know that a projective ...
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What is the analog of the “Fundamental Theorem of Space Curves,” for surfaces, and beyond?

The "Fundamental Theorem of Space Curves" (Wikipedia link; MathWorld link) states that there is a unique (up to congruence) curve in space that simultaneously realizes given continuous curvature ...
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Isometric embeddings of metric spaces in Hilbert spaces

There are plenty of isometric embeddings of metric spaces in Banach spaces. Nevertheless, I have been unable to find any significant result on isometric embeddings into Hilbert spaces. My question is: ...
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1answer
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Normal tubular neighborhood theorem for semi(or pseudo)-riemannian manifolds

Suppose you have a manifold $M$ and a closed sub-manifold $A$, and let $g$ be a semi-riemannian metric,ie, $g_x$ defines a quadratic form on $T_xM$ such that $g_x(v,v)\ge0$, but $g_x(v,v)=0$ not ...
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201 views

Harmonic function defined on a cone

It's well known that: Given a continuous function defined on the boundary of the disk, then there exists a unique harmonic function in the interior of the disk. What if we replace the disk by a cone? ...
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Lightray trapped between two mirror disks: Computation formulation?

I would like to calculate the angle of a ray $r$ from a given point $p$ such that it gets "stuck" reflecting between two congruent mirror-disks. For why there is such a ray, see the (amazing!) answer ...
3
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1answer
160 views

Closed surface with uncountably many conic points?

Let $M^2$ be a closed surface, say the 2-sphere. Is there any example of metric on it such that there are uncountably many points are conic and the metric is smooth elsewhere? We call $p\in M$ a ...
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On discrete version of curve shortening flow

One can define an analogous version of the curve shortening flow for polygons in $\mathbb R^2$, namely defined by the differential equation $\dot{p_i}(t)=\frac{v_i(t)}{|v_i(t)|^2}$, where $p_i$ is the ...
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construction of heat kernels for non-compact manifolds with boundary

Recently, I am studying heat semigroup for noncompact manifolds with boundary. In Issac Chavel's book "eigenvalues in Riemannian geometry". "Given a noncompact Riemannian manifold, it need not be ...
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Preservation of injectivity radius

Suppose I have a smooth, noncompact manifold $M$ with metrics $g_i$ for $i = 1,2$. Suppose there exists a $C \geq 1$ such that $$ C^{-1} d_1(x,y) \leq d_2(x,y) \leq C d_1(x,y)$$ where $d_i$ are the ...
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1answer
188 views

Optimal, conformal diffeomorphisms between two surfaces in 3D

Let $S_1$ and $S_2$ be two smooth, closed surfaces embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Q. Is there a natural definition of the optimal, conformal diffeomorphism between $S_1$ and $S_2$? I am imagining ...
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Divergence of geodesics in $P(n,\mathbb{R})$

I'm reading Bridson & Haefliger's book on non-positively curved spaces. Specifically the parts in II.10 on $P(n,\mathbb{R})$. These are positive definite matrices, viewed as the image of symmetric ...
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When does heat kernel have both Gaussian upper and lower bounds?

Recently, I am reading Sturm's paper "Analysis on local Dirichlet form III: X is a locally compact separable Hausdorff space and m is a positive Radon measure with supp[m]=X. $\varepsilon$ is a ...
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1answer
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heat kernel $p_t(x_0,y) \in D(\Delta) \cap L^\infty$ for a manifold with Ricci curvature bounded below?

X is an n-dim Riemannian manifold with the Dirichlet form $$ \varepsilon (u,v) =-\int_X \langle \nabla u,\nabla v \rangle $$ for $u,v \in W^{1,2}(X)$. Let $P_t$ and $p_t(x,y)$ be the associate ...
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$|\nabla f|^2 \in W^{1,2}(M)$ for harmonic function f on manifolds with two nonparabolic ends?

We know that if a complete noncompact manifold M has two nonparabolic ends, then we can construct a nonconstant bounded harmonic function with finite Dirichlet integral defined on the whole M. ...
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1answer
115 views

Are harmonic maps quasiconformal at the boundary of hyperbolic spaces?

Let $M$ be a hyperbolic $3$-manifold and $X$ a negatively curved, simply connected space with geometric boundary $\partial X$. If $\rho:\pi_1M\rightarrow Isom(X)$ does not fix a point in $\partial ...
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How to construct a harmonic function with non-zero gradient on manifold with two nonparabolic ends?

We know that if a complete noncompact manifold M has two nonparabolic ends, then we can construct a nonconstant bounded harmonic function with finite Dirichlet integral defined on the whole $M$. More ...
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Alexandrov spaces satisty $BE(K,N)$ and $BE(K,\infty)$?

Assume the Dirichlet form $\varepsilon$ adimits a Carre du champ $\Gamma$ and introduce the multilinear form $\Gamma_2$ $$ \Gamma_2 [f,g;\phi]:=\frac12 \int_X (\Gamma (f,g)L\phi ...
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1answer
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harmonic forms with respect to different metrics

Given a smooth manifold M with two different metric, we can consider U and V, the spaces of harmonic k-forms on M with respect to the first metric and second metric respectively. The question is ...
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Oloid and sphericon: rolling develops entire surface

Wikipedia says that, "The oloid is one of the only known objects, along with some members of the sphericon family, that while rolling, develops its entire surface." Below are illustrations of ...
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Shortest geodesic loop vs. shortest periodic geodesic

Are there simple conditions on a Riemannian metric on the two-sphere that imply that a geodesic loop of minimal length is actually a periodic geodesic? For example, is this true for small ...
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2answers
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Geodesics in Graphs:Shortest Paths vs Going as Straight Ahead as Possible

According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geodesic, a geodesic " is a generalization of the notion of a "straight line" to "curved spaces " and further " In the presence of an affine ...
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Transitive geodesics on closed surfaces of genus greater than one

A well-known result of Hedlund and Morse states that if a Riemannian metric on a closed surface of genus $g > 1$ has no conjugate points, then it carries transitive geodesics (i.e., geodesics whose ...