Steiner's tube formula states that the volume of an ∈-neighborhood of a smooth regular domain in ℝn is a polynomial of degree n in the variable ∈ whose coefficients are curvature integrals (also called quermassintegrals). We prove a similar result in the sub-Riemannian setting of the first Heisenberg group. In contrast to the Euclidean setting, we find that the volume of an ∈-neighborhood with respect to the Heisenberg metric is an analytic function of ∈ that is generally not a polynomial. The coefficients of the series expansion can be explicitly written in terms of integrals of iteratively defined canonical polynomials of just five curvature terms.

Steiner's formula in the Heisenberg group

Vecchi E.;
2015

Abstract

Steiner's tube formula states that the volume of an ∈-neighborhood of a smooth regular domain in ℝn is a polynomial of degree n in the variable ∈ whose coefficients are curvature integrals (also called quermassintegrals). We prove a similar result in the sub-Riemannian setting of the first Heisenberg group. In contrast to the Euclidean setting, we find that the volume of an ∈-neighborhood with respect to the Heisenberg metric is an analytic function of ∈ that is generally not a polynomial. The coefficients of the series expansion can be explicitly written in terms of integrals of iteratively defined canonical polynomials of just five curvature terms.
Heisenberg group; Steiner's formula
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