By Luca Capogna, Donatella Danielli, Scott D. Pauls, Jeremy Tyson

The prior decade has witnessed a dramatic and common enlargement of curiosity and task in sub-Riemannian (Carnot-Caratheodory) geometry, stimulated either internally via its position as a uncomplicated version within the smooth conception of research on metric areas, and externally during the non-stop improvement of functions (both classical and rising) in components similar to keep watch over thought, robot course making plans, neurobiology and electronic photograph reconstruction. The critical instance of a sub Riemannian constitution is the Heisenberg crew, that's a nexus for the entire aforementioned purposes in addition to some extent of touch among CR geometry, Gromov hyperbolic geometry of advanced hyperbolic area, subelliptic PDE, jet areas, and quantum mechanics. This ebook offers an creation to the fundamentals of sub-Riemannian differential geometry and geometric research within the Heisenberg team, focusing totally on the present nation of information relating to Pierre Pansu's celebrated 1982 conjecture in regards to the sub-Riemannian isoperimetric profile. It provides an in depth description of Heisenberg submanifold geometry and geometric degree thought, which gives a chance to assemble for the 1st time in a single situation some of the recognized partial effects and techniques of assault on Pansu's challenge. As such it serves concurrently as an creation to the world for graduate scholars and starting researchers, and as a study monograph enthusiastic about the isoperimetric challenge compatible for specialists within the area.

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We deﬁne dL to be the standard path metric associated to gL . 2 Levi-Civita connection and curvature in the Riemannian approximants In this section, we compute the sectional, Ricci and scalar curvatures of the Heisenberg group with respect to gL . To this end, we use the Levi-Civita connection ∇ on (H, gL ). 30) where ·, · L is the inner product associated to gL . To make the computation more clear, we introduce the functions ˜ i , [X ˜j , X ˜k ] αijk = X L ˜ i = Xi for i = 1, 2 and X ˜ 3 = L−1/2 X3 .

35) the result then follows from assumption (iii). 35) is true: if x ∈ B0 (x0 , R), then x ∈ Bt (x0 , R) and dZ ((x, t), (x, 0)) = ωK (t) + t ≤ 2ωK (t) + t, while if y ∈ Bt (x0 , R) we choose x as in (vii) and conclude dZ ((y, t), (x, 0)) = dt (x, y) + ωK (t) + t ≤ 2ωK (t) + t. 4 Carnot–Carath´eodory geodesics and Gromov–Hausdorﬀ convergence The CC geodesics in the Heisenberg group can be recovered through the approximation scheme using the geodesics in the Riemannian manifolds (R3 , gL ). In this section we sketch two diﬀerent ways of recovering this result.

9 Next we verify the triangle inequality. 9 We include the term |t − t | in the deﬁnition of dZ for this argument, in order to conclude t = t ; note that we have no guarantee that > 0 ⇒ ωK ( ) > 0. 30 Chapter 2. The Heisenberg Group and Sub-Riemannian Geometry Let (x, t), (x , t ), (x , t ) ∈ Z. If max{t, t , t } = t , then dZ ((x, t), (x , t )) = dmax{t,t ,t } (x, x ) + ωK (|t − t |) + |t − t | ≤ dmax{t,t } (x, x ) + dmax{t ,t } (x , x ) + ωK (|t − t |) + ωK (|t − t |) + |t − t | + |t − t | = dZ ((x, t), (x , t )) + dZ ((x , t ), (x , t )) where we used (ii) and (v) in the middle step.