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Symmetries of flat rank two distributions and sub-Riemannian structures

Author: Yuri L. Sachkov
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 356 (2004), 457-494
MSC (2000): Primary 53C17
Published electronically: September 22, 2003
MathSciNet review: 2022707
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Abstract: Flat sub-Riemannian structures are local approximations -- nilpotentizations -- of sub-Riemannian structures at regular points. Lie algebras of symmetries of flat maximal growth distributions and sub-Riemannian structures of rank two are computed in dimensions 3, 4, and 5.

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Yuri L. Sachkov
Affiliation: Program Systems Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, 152140 Pereslavl-Zalessky, Russia

Keywords: Sub-Riemannian geometry, symmetries, distributions, sub-Riemannian structures
Received by editor(s): May 4, 2001
Published electronically: September 22, 2003
Additional Notes: This work was partially supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project No. 02-01-00506.
Article copyright: © Copyright 2003 American Mathematical Society