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Transversal families of nonlinear projections and generalizations of Favard length

Rosemarie Bongers and Krystal Taylor

Vol. 16 (2023), No. 1, 279–308

Projections detect information about the size, geometric arrangement, and dimension of sets. To approach this, one can study the energies of measures supported on a set and the energies for the corresponding pushforward measures on the projection side. For orthogonal projections, quantitative estimates rely on a separation condition: most points are well-differentiated by most projections. It turns out that this idea also applies to a broad class of nonlinear projection-type operators satisfying a transversality condition. We establish that several important classes of nonlinear projections are transversal. This leads to quantitative lower bounds for decay rates for nonlinear variants of Favard length, including Favard curve length (as well as a new generalization to higher dimensions, called Favard surface length) and visibility measurements associated to radial projections. As one application, we provide a simplified proof for the decay rate of the Favard curve length of generations of the four-corner Cantor set, first established by Cladek, Davey, and Taylor.

nonlinear projections, transversality, Favard length, fractals, transversal projections, Buffon needle, energy, rate of decay, radial projections, curve projections, rectifiability
Mathematical Subject Classification
Primary: 28A75, 28A80, 57N75
Received: 17 May 2021
Revised: 4 February 2022
Accepted: 22 March 2022
Published: 14 April 2023
Rosemarie Bongers
Department of Mathematics
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA
United States
Krystal Taylor
Department of Mathematics
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
United States

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