Hyperbolic geometry of shapes of convex bodies

  • Clément Debin

    Université Grenoble Alpes; Académie de Grenoble, Annecy, France
  • François Fillastre

    CYU Cergy Paris Université, Cergy-Pontoise; Université de Montpellier, France
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We use the intrinsic area to define a distance on the space of homothety classes of convex bodies in the -dimensional Euclidean space, which makes it isometric to a convex subset of the infinite dimensional hyperbolic space. The ambient Lorentzian structure is an extension of the intrinsic area form of convex bodies, and Alexandrov–Fenchel inequality is interpreted as the Lorentzian reversed Cauchy–Schwarz inequality. We deduce that the space of similarity classes of convex bodies has a proper geodesic distance with curvature bounded from below by (in the sense of Alexandrov). In dimension 3, this space is homeomorphic to the space of distances with non-negative curvature on the 2-sphere, and this latter space contains the space of flat metrics on the 2-sphere considered by W. P. Thurston. Both Thurston’s and the area distances rely on the area form. So the latter may be considered as a generalization of the “real part” of Thurston’s construction.

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Clément Debin, François Fillastre, Hyperbolic geometry of shapes of convex bodies. Groups Geom. Dyn. 16 (2022), no. 1, pp. 115–140

DOI 10.4171/GGD/642