An extension of schäffer’s dual girth conjecture to grassmannians

Dmitry Faifman*

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In this note we introduce a natural Finsler structure on convex surfaces, referred to as the quotient Finsler structure, which is dual in a sense to the inclusion of a convex surface in a normed space as a submanifold. It has an associated quotient girth, which is similar to the notion of girth defined by Schäffer. We prove the analogs of Schäffer’s dual girth conjecture (proved by Álvarez-Paiva) and the Holmes–Thompson dual volumes theorem in the quotient setting. We then show that the quotient Finsler structure admits a natural extension to higher Grassmannians, and prove the corresponding theorems in the general case. We follow Álvarez-Paiva’s approach to the problem, namely, we study the symplectic geometry of the associated co-ball bundles. For the higher Grassmannians, the theory of Hamiltonian actions is applied.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-220
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Differential Geometry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2012


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