Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

E. Le Donne - F. Tripaldi

A Cornucopia of Carnot groups in Low Dimensions

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Accepted Paper

Inserted: 7 oct 2020
Last Updated: 2 jan 2023

Journal: Analysis and Geometry in Metric Spaces
Volume: 10
Number: 1
Pages: 155-289
Year: 2022

ArXiv: 2008.12356 PDF


Stratified groups are those simply connected Lie groups whose Lie algebras admit a derivation for which the eigenspace with eigenvalue 1 is Lie generating. When a stratified group is equipped with a left-invariant path distance that is homogeneous with respect to the automorphisms induced by the derivation, this metric space is known as Carnot group. Carnot groups appear in several mathematical contexts. To understand their algebraic structure, it is useful to study some examples explicitly. In this work, we provide a list of low-dimensional stratified groups, express their Lie product, and present a basis of left-invariant vector fields, together with their respective left-invariant 1-forms, a basis of right-invariant vector fields, and some other properties. We exhibit all stratified groups in dimension up to 7 and also study some free-nilpotent groups in dimension up to 14.

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