Limits of tangent spaces to real surfaces

@inproceedings{OShea2004LimitsOT,
  title={Limits of tangent spaces to real surfaces},
  author={Donal O'Shea and Leslie Wilson},
  year={2004}
}
We investigate the tangent semicone C and the Nash space N (the fiber of the Nash blowup) of an algebraic surface V (with singular locus S ) in R 3 . We prove a structure theorem for N : there are finitely many "exceptional rays" in C so that N is the union of N ( C ) and the set of elements in N containing one of the exceptional rays. The set of elements in N containing an exceptional ray is semialgebraic, but can be disconnected and have discrete elements if the ray is tangent to S . Any ray… CONTINUE READING