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### How to find equations of a sub-Riemannian problem

I am working on sub-Riemannian geometry and try to understand what are the tools to find the equations of a sub-Riemannian problem. Here is an example: Let us consider the system defined by a ...
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### Proof of Rashevskii-Chow theorem

I'm looking for a good quotation and comprehensive explaination of the theorem of Chow-Rashewski. I'm writing my thesis on sub-Riemannian Geometry and a special control problem. Therefore I want to ...
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### quasi-conformal embedding of Carnot group into euclidean space

By Pansu's theorem, there are no bi-Lipschitz embeddings of Carnot groups (with exception of the Euclidean space itself) into Euclidean space. Do there exist quasi-conformal embeddings (into Eucl. sp.)...
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### Horizontal distribution of a totally geodesic foliation

Let $\mathbb{M}$ be a $n+m$ dimensional manifold. Consider on $\mathbb{M}$ a rank $n$ sub-bundle $\mathcal{H}$ of the tangent bundle. We assume that $\mathcal{H}$ is endowed with a fiber wise inner ...
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### Are rays in Carnot groups straight?

A famous open problem in Geometric Control Theory and in the study of sub-Riemannian manifolds is whether constant-speed length minimizers in a sub-Riemannian manifold are always smooth (see also this ...
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### Volume of the subelliptic ball

Let $\Omega \in \mathbb{R}^n$ a bounded open set when $n\geq 2$, and let $X_{1},X_{2},\cdots,X_{m}$ be real smooth vector fields that satisfy Hormander condition on $\Omega$. If we denote $Q(x)$ as ...
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### Horizontal Sobolev space on Carnot group

This question is connected with my previous: Heisenberg group: function without vertical derivative. Here I am trying to look from another side: what is a difference between Sobolev space and ...
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### Heisenberg group: function without vertical derivative

Let $\mathbb H$ be Heisenberg group with vector fields $$X=\partial_x - \frac12y\partial_t,\quad Y=\partial_y + \frac12x\partial_t,\quad T=\partial_t$$ and $U\subset\mathbb H$ is an open set. I am ...
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### bi-Lipschitz gluing

Let $H$ be the Heisenberg group with left invariant sub-Riemannian metric and $\varepsilon>0$ is small. Let us denote by $|x-y|_H$ the distance from $x$ to $y$ in $H$. I have a bi-Lipschitz ...
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### Length of non-horizontal curve

Let $M$ be a sub-Riemannian space. Consider a smooth curve $\gamma:[0,1]\to M$ such that $\dot\gamma(t)\not\in H_{\gamma(t)}$, where $H_{\gamma(t)}$ is the horizontal subbundle ( i.e. $\gamma$ is ...
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### 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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### The Tangent Bundle of the Space of CR Structures on S^(2n+1)

Let $M$ be a smooth compact $n$-manifold without boundary, $g$ some choice of Riemannian metric on $M$, and $\omega_g$ the volume form gotten from $g$. Say you're interested in finding extrema for ...
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### Converse to Chow's theorem in sub-riemannian geometry

Chow's theorem is the statement that if $M$ is a connected smooth manifold endowed with a distribution $\mathcal{D}$ which is completely non integrable (i.e. iterated commutators of smooth sections of ...
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### Ball-Box Theorem and Sequence of Distributions

Let $(e^k,g^k)$ be a sequence of 2d smooth distributions in $R^3$ (with Euclidean metric) s.t $e^k,g^k$ are orthogonal. Let $f^k$ normal direction to this distribution. Suppose $[e^k,g^k] \neq 0$ on ...
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### Open problems in sub-Riemannian geometry

What are some open problems in sub-Riemannian geometry? I am interested especially in problems concerning connections and curvature, but any contribution is welcomed.