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Uniqueness of the measurement function in Crofton's formula

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Crofton's intersection formula states that the (n−j)th intrinsic volume of a compact convex set in Rn can be obtained as an invariant integral of the (k−j)th intrinsic volume of sections with k-planes. This paper discusses the question if the (k−j)th intrinsic volume can be replaced by other functionals, that is, if the measurement function in Crofton's formula is unique. The answer is negative: we show that the sums of the (k−j)th intrinsic volume and certain translation invariant continuous valuations of homogeneity degree k yield counterexamples. If the measurement function is local, these turn out to be the only examples when k=1 or when k=2 and we restrict considerations to even measurement functions. Additional examples of local functionals can be constructed when k≥2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102004
JournalAdvances in Applied Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

    Research areas

  • Crofton's formula, Klain functional, Local functions, Spherical lifting, Uniqueness, Valuation

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