The curvature discussed in this paper is a far reaching generalisation of the Riemannian sectional curvature. We give a unified definition of curvature which applies to a wide class of geometric structures whose geodesics arise from optimal control problems, including Riemannian, sub-Riemannian, Finsler and sub-Finsler spaces. Special attention is paid to the sub-Riemannian (or Carnot–Carathéodory) metric spaces. Our construction of curvature is direct and naive, and similar to the original approach of Riemann. Surprisingly, it works in a very general setting and, in particular, for all sub-Riemannian spaces.
|Titolo:||Curvature: a variational approach|
|Autori:||Agrachev A.; Barilari D.; Rizzi L.|
|Rivista:||MEMOIRS OF THE AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY|
|Data di pubblicazione:||9999|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|