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Название: Sub-Riemannian Geometry
Автор: Jean F.
Sub-Riemannian geometry (also known as Carnot geometry in France, and non-holonomic Riemannian geometry in Russia) has been a full research domain for fifteen years, with motivations and ramifications in several parts of pure and applied mathematics, namely:
• control theory • classical mechanics • Riemannian geometry (of which sub-Riemannian geometry constitutes a natural generalization, and where sub-Riemannian metrics may appear as limit cases) • diffusion on manifolds • analysis of hypoelliptic operators • Cauchy-Riemann (or CR) geometry.
Although links between these domains had been foreseen by many authors in the past, it is only in recent years that sub- Riemannian geometry has been recognized as a possible common framework for all these topics.
This book provides an introduction to sub-Riemannian geometry and presents the state of the art and open problems in the field. It consists of five coherent and original articles by the leading specialists:
• Andr? Bella?che: The tangent space in sub-Riemannian geometry • Mikhael Gromov: Carnot-Carath?odory spaces seen from within • Richard Montgomery: Survey of singular geodesics • H?ctor J. Sussmann: A cornucopia of four-dimensional abnormal sub-Riemannian minimizers • Jean-Michel Coron: Stabilization of controllable systems