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We consider sets of locally finite perimeter in Carnot groups. We show that if E is a set of locally finite perimeter in a Carnot group G then, for almost every x ∈ G with respect to the perimeter measure of E, some tangent of E at x is a vertical halfspace. This is a partial extension of a theorem of Franchi-Serapioni-Serra Cassano in step 2 Carnot groups:… (More)
We classify extremal curves in free nilpotent Lie groups. The classification is obtained via an explicit integration of the adjoint equation in Pontryagin Maximum Principle. It turns out that abnormal extremals are precisely the horizontal curves contained in algebraic varieties of a specific type. We also extend the results to the nonfree case.
We give a short axiomatic introduction to Carnot groups and their subRie-mannian and subFinsler geometry. We explain how such spaces can be metrically described as exactly those proper geodesic spaces that admit dilations and are isometrically homogeneous .
We prove that the Besicovitch Covering Property (BCP) holds for homogeneous distances on the Heisenberg groups whose unit ball centered at the origin coincides with an Euclidean ball. We provide therefore the first examples of homogeneous distances that satisfy BCP in these groups. Indeed, commonly used homogeneous distances, such as (Cygan-)Korányi and… (More)
We prove that in a class of non-equiregular sub-Riemannian manifolds corners are not length minimizing. This extends the results of . As an application of our main result we complete and simplify the analysis in , showing that in a 4-dimensional sub-Riemannian structure suggested by Agrachev and Gauthier all length-minimizing curves are smooth.
We prove that each sub-Riemannian manifold can be embedded in some Euclidean space preserving the length of all the curves in the manifold. The result is an extension of Nash C 1 Embedding Theorem. For more general metric spaces the same result is false, e.g., for Finsler non-Riemannian manifolds. However, we also show that any metric space of finite… (More)
This paper is connected with the problem of describing path metric spaces which are homeomorphic to manifolds and biLipschitz homogeneous, i.e., whose biLipschitz homeomorphism group acts transitively. Our main result is the following. Let X = G/H be a homogeneous space of a Lie group G, and let d be a geodesic distance on X inducing the same topology.… (More)
In Carnot-Carathéodory or sub-Riemannian geometry, one of the major open problems is whether the conclusions of Sard's theorem holds for the end-point map, a canonical map from an infinite-dimensional path space to the underlying finite-dimensional manifold. The set of critical values for the endpoint map is also known as abnormal set, being the set of… (More)
We prove that the Besicovitch Covering Property (BCP) does not hold for some classes of homogeneous quasi-distances on Carnot groups of step 3 and higher. As a special case we get that, in Carnot groups of step 3 and higher, BCP is not satisfied for those homogeneous distances whose unit ball centered at the origin coincides with a Euclidean ball centered… (More)
We introduce a family of extremal polynomials associated with the prolongation of a stratified nilpotent Lie algebra. These polynomials are related to a new algebraic characterization of abnormal subriemannian geodesics in stratified nilpotent Lie groups. They satisfy a set of remarkable structure relations that are used to integrate the adjoint equations.