An improved bound on the Hausdorff dimension of Besicovitch sets in $\mathbb {R}^3$
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- by Nets Hawk Katz and Joshua Zahl
- J. Amer. Math. Soc. 32 (2019), 195-259
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/jams/907
- Published electronically: August 29, 2018
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Abstract:
We prove that every Besicovitch set in $\mathbb {R}^3$ must have Hausdorff dimension at least $5/2+\epsilon _0$ for some small constant $\epsilon _0>0$. This follows from a more general result about the volume of unions of tubes that satisfies the Wolff axioms. Our proof grapples with a new “almost counterexample” to the Kakeya conjecture, which we call the $\operatorname {SL}_2$ example; this object resembles a Besicovitch set that has Minkowski dimension 3 but Hausdorff dimension $5/2$. We believe this example may be an interesting object for future study.References
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Bibliographic Information
- Nets Hawk Katz
- Affiliation: California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California 91125
- MR Author ID: 610432
- Joshua Zahl
- Affiliation: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4
- MR Author ID: 849921
- ORCID: 0000-0001-5129-8300
- Received by editor(s): May 20, 2017
- Received by editor(s) in revised form: September 16, 2017, and May 21, 2018
- Published electronically: August 29, 2018
- Additional Notes: The first author was supported by NSF grants DMS 1266104 and DMS 1565904
The second author was supported by an NSERC Discovery grant. - © Copyright 2018 American Mathematical Society
- Journal: J. Amer. Math. Soc. 32 (2019), 195-259
- MSC (2010): Primary 42B25
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/jams/907
- MathSciNet review: 3868003