Let C be a closed subset of a smooth manifold of dimension n, M , and let M be endowed with a Riemannian metric of class C 2 . We study the cut locus of C, cut(C). First, we show that cut(C) is a set of measure zero. Then, we assume that C is the boundary of an open bounded set, Ω ⊂ M (in particular, this assumption implies that cut(C) = ∅.) We deduce that cut(C) ∩ Ω is invariant w.r.t. the (generalized) gradient flow associated with the distance function from the set C. As a consequence of the invariance, we have that cut(C) ∩ Ω has the same homotopy type as the set Ω. Furthermore, if M is a compact manifold, then cut(C) has the same homotopy type as M \ C. Finally, we show that the closure of the cut locus stays away from C if and only if C is a manifold of class C 1,1 .

Albano, P. (2015). On the cut locus of closed sets. NONLINEAR ANALYSIS, 125, 398-405 [10.1016/j.na.2015.06.003].

On the cut locus of closed sets

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Let C be a closed subset of a smooth manifold of dimension n, M , and let M be endowed with a Riemannian metric of class C 2 . We study the cut locus of C, cut(C). First, we show that cut(C) is a set of measure zero. Then, we assume that C is the boundary of an open bounded set, Ω ⊂ M (in particular, this assumption implies that cut(C) = ∅.) We deduce that cut(C) ∩ Ω is invariant w.r.t. the (generalized) gradient flow associated with the distance function from the set C. As a consequence of the invariance, we have that cut(C) ∩ Ω has the same homotopy type as the set Ω. Furthermore, if M is a compact manifold, then cut(C) has the same homotopy type as M \ C. Finally, we show that the closure of the cut locus stays away from C if and only if C is a manifold of class C 1,1 .
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Albano, P. (2015). On the cut locus of closed sets. NONLINEAR ANALYSIS, 125, 398-405 [10.1016/j.na.2015.06.003].
Albano, P.
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