Let $\{X_n\}_{n=1}^\infty$ be a sequence of compact Alexandrov spaces (with curvature $\geq k$) converging to (in the sense of Gromov-Hausdroff convergence) an Alexandrov spaces $X$, and $f_n:X_n\mapsto X$ is the corresponding $\nu-$ approximation. The set of regular points in $X_n$ is denoted by $R_n$.

Question: (1) When $n$ sufficiently large, can we prove that $f_n$ is Lipschitz continuous on $R_n$ ? Or a weaker conclusion: $f_n$ is Lipschitz continuous on some $Y_n\subset R_n$ with $\mathrm{vol}(R_n-Y_n)=o(1)$ ,as $n\to\infty$ ?

(2) If question (1) is not true, can we construct a $g_n:X_n\mapsto X$ (maybe related to f_n), such that $g_n$ is Lipschitz continuous on some $Y_n\subset R_n$ with $\mathrm{vol}(R_n-Y_n)=o(1)$ ,as $n\to\infty$ ?


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The approximations $f_n$ (by def.) need not to be continuous, but you can approximate Lipschitz ones. I will give a hint how to prove such thing, as far as I know the statement is not written anywhere.

If $X$ is Riemannian the statement follows from Yamaguchi theorem and nearly the same proof works if all the tangent spaces of $X$ are close to Euclidean.

Now assume $X$ has an isolated strongly singular point $p$. Then the above argument gives an approximation which is Lipschitz approximations outside a fixed neighborhood of $p$. Contract all this neighborhood into $p$ and compose the resulting map with the approximation $X_n\to X$. This way you get a Lipschitz approximation.

The general case is none by backward induction on the dimension of strongly singular locus. Section 8 in my paper "Semiconcave functions..." should help. Good luck.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your helpful answer ! Can you give some references to the Yamaguchi theorem ? Because I don't know about this. Thank you again. $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2015 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ @Someone1987: Takao Yamaguchi, "A convergence theorem in the geometry of Alexandrov spaces" $\endgroup$ Oct 29, 2015 at 13:24

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