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A Comprehensive Introduction to Sub-Riemannian Geometry

Part of Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics

  • Authors:
  • Andrei Agrachev, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste
  • Davide Barilari, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)
  • Ugo Boscain, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
  • Date Published: December 2019
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108476355

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  • Sub-Riemannian geometry is the geometry of a world with nonholonomic constraints. In such a world, one can move, send and receive information only in certain admissible directions but eventually can reach every position from any other. In the last two decades sub-Riemannian geometry has emerged as an independent research domain impacting on several areas of pure and applied mathematics, with applications to many areas such as quantum control, Hamiltonian dynamics, robotics and Lie theory. This comprehensive introduction proceeds from classical topics to cutting-edge theory and applications, assuming only standard knowledge of calculus, linear algebra and differential equations. The book may serve as a basis for an introductory course in Riemannian geometry or an advanced course in sub-Riemannian geometry, covering elements of Hamiltonian dynamics, integrable systems and Lie theory. It will also be a valuable reference source for researchers in various disciplines.

    • Provides a comprehensive and systematic presentation of sub-Riemannian geometry
    • Accessible to graduate students with no prior knowledge of the subject
    • Contains useful models and tools for researchers working in various areas of application, including robotics, quantum control and image processing
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    'It is wonderful to have a wide swath of the work of this school explained clearly and set down in one place. I am understanding some of the concepts described for the first time. I am grateful to the three authors for their efforts in putting this book together.' Richard Montgomery, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society

    'This textbook is a valuable reference in sub-Riemannian geometry, providing a systematic and firm foundation to the theory … It is my opinion that this textbook will serve as a solid reference for many researchers in the field, and will contribute to the development of the subject in the forthcoming years.' Luca Rizzi, Mathematical Reviews

    'The book can be used for either an introductory or advanced course on sub-Riemannian geometry (the authors suggest which chapters to use for each case), but it also constitutes a state-of-the-art reference for most of the topics that it treats and will be an essential work for researchers active in sub-Riemannian geometry.' Robert Neel, MAA Reviews

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    • Date Published: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108476355
    • length: 762 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.19kg
    • contains: 66 b/w illus. 73 exercises
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Geometry of surfaces in R^3
    2. Vector fields
    3. Sub-Riemannian structures
    4. Pontryagin extremals: characterization and local minimality
    5. First integrals and integrable systems
    6. Chronological calculus
    7. Lie groups and left-invariant sub-Riemannian structures
    8. Endpoint map and exponential map
    9. 2D almost-Riemannian structures
    10. Nonholonomic tangent space
    11. Regularity of the sub-Riemannian distance
    12. Abnormal extremals and second variation
    13. Some model spaces
    14. Curves in the Lagrange Grassmannian
    15. Jacobi curves
    16. Riemannian curvature
    17. Curvature in 3D contact sub-Riemannian geometry
    18. Integrability of the sub-Riemannian geodesic flow on 3D Lie groups
    19. Asymptotic expansion of the 3D contact exponential map
    20. Volumes in sub-Riemannian geometry
    21. The sub-Riemannian heat equation
    Appendix. Geometry of parametrized curves in Lagrangian Grassmannians with Igor Zelenko
    References
    Index.

  • Authors

    Andrei Agrachev, Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Trieste
    Andrei Agrachev is currently a full professor at Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), Trieste. His research interests are: sub-Riemannian geometry, mathematical control theory, dynamical systems, differential geometry and topology, singularity theory and real algebraic geometry.

    Davide Barilari, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)
    Davide Barilari is Maître de Conférence at Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot). His research interests are: sub-Riemannian geometry, hypoelliptic operators, curvature and optimal transport.

    Ugo Boscain, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
    Ugo Boscain is Research Director at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris. His research interests are: sub-Riemannian geometry, hypoelliptic operators, quantum mechanics, singularity theory and geometric control.

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