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# Inequalities of Aleksandrov body

- Hu Yan
^{1, 2}Email author and - Jiang Junhua
^{1}

**2011**:39

https://doi.org/10.1186/1029-242X-2011-39

© Yan and Junhua; licensee Springer. 2011

**Received:**2 April 2011**Accepted:**25 August 2011**Published:**25 August 2011

## Abstract

A new concept of *p-* Aleksandrov body is firstly introduced. In this paper, *p-* Brunn-Minkowski inequality and *p-* Minkowski inequality on the *p-* Aleksandrov body are established. Furthermore, some pertinent results concerning the Aleksandrov body and the *p-* Aleksandrov body are presented.

**2000 Mathematics Subject Classification:**

52A20 52A40

## Keywords

- Aleksandrov body
*p-*Aleksandrov body- Brunn-Minkowski inequality
- Minkowski inequality

## 1 Introduction

The notion of Aleksandrov body was firstly introduced by Aleksandrov to solve Minkowski problem in 1930s in [1]. The Aleksandrov body establishes the relationship between the convex body containing the origin and the positive continuous functions and characterizes the convex body by means of the positive continuous functions. The Aleksandrov body not only be used to solve Minkowski problem but also has a wide range of applications in other areas of Convex Geometric Analysis. Then, the Aleksandrov body is an essential matter in the Brunn-Minkowski theory and plays an important role in Convex Geometric Analysis. In recent years, Ball [2], Gardner [3, 4], Lutwak [5–10], Klain [11], Hug [12], Haberl [13], Schneider [14], Stancu [15], Umanskiy [16] and Zhang [17] have given considerable attention to the Brunn-Minkowski theory and their various generalizations.

The purpose of this paper is to study comprehensively the Aleksandrov body, and most importantly, the *L*_{
p
} analogues of Aleksandrov body become a major goal. Here, a new geometric body is firstly introduced, called *p-* Aleksandrov body. Meanwhile, *p-* Brunn-Minkowski inequality and *p-* Minkowski inequality for the *p-* Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions are established. Furthermore, some related results, including of the uniqueness results, the convergence results for the Aleksandrov bodies and the *p-* Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions, are presented.

Let ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$ denote the set of convex bodies (compact, convex subsets with non-empty interiors) in Euclidean space ℝ ^{
n
} , ${\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$ denote the set of convex bodies containing the origin in their interiors. Let *V* (*K*) denote the *n-* dimensional volume of body *K*, for the standard unit ball *B* in ℝ ^{
n
} , denote *ω*_{
n
} = *V* (*B*), and let *S*^{n- 1}denote the unit sphere in ℝ ^{
n
} .

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}) denote the set of positive continuous functions on

*S*

^{n- 1}, endowed with the topology derived from the max norm. Given a function

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}), the set

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}) by

The volume of body *K*(*f*) is denoted by *V* (*K*(*f*)). Following Aleksandrov (see [18]), define the volume *V* (*f*) of a function *f* as the volume of the Aleksandrov body associated with the positive continuous function *f*.

In this paper, we generalize and improve Brunn-Minkowski inequality and Minkowski inequality for the Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions and establish *p-* Minkowski inequality and *p-* Brunn-Minkowski inequality for the Aleksandrov bodies and the *p-* Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions as follows.

### Theorem 1

*If*$Q\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$,

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*and p*≥ 1,

*then*

*with equality if and only if there exists a constant c >* 0 *such that h*_{
Q
} = *cf, almost everywhere with respect to S*(*Q*, ·) *on S*^{n- 1}.

### Theorem 2

*If p*≥ 1,

*f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*and λ, μ*∈ℝ

^{+},

*then*

*with equality if and only if there exists a constant c >* 0 *such that f* = *cg, almost everywhere with respect to S*(*K*(*f* ), ·) *on S*^{n- 1}.

The other aim of this paper is to establish the following inequality for the Aleksandrov bodies and the *p-* Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions.

### Theorem 3

*If K*(

*f*), $K\left(g\right)\in {\mathcal{K}}_{e}^{n}$,

*are the Aleksandrov bodies associated with the functions f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*and n ≠ p*≥ 1,

*then*

*with equality if and only if there exists a constant c >* 0 *such that f* = *cg, almost everywhere with respect to S*(*K*(*f* ), ·) *on S*^{n- 1}.

More interrelated notations, definitions, and their background materials are exhibited in the next section.

## 2 Definition and notation

The setting for this paper is *n*-dimensional Euclidean space ℝ ^{
n
} . Let ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$ denote the set of convex bodies (compact, convex subsets with non-empty interiors), ${\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$ denote the subset of ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$ that contains the origin in their interiors, and ${\mathcal{K}}_{e}^{n}$ denote the subset of ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$ that are centered in ℝ ^{
n
} . We reserve the letter *u* for unit vector and the letter *B* for the unit ball centered at the origin. The surface of *B* is *S*^{n- 1}, and the volume of *B* denotes *ω*_{
n
} .

*φ*∈

*GL*(

*n*), let

*φ*

^{ t },

*φ*

^{-1}, and

*φ*

^{ -t }, denote the transpose, inverse, and inverse of the transpose of

*φ*, respectively. If

*K*∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$, the support function of

*K, h*

_{ K }=

*h*(

*K*, ·): ℝ

^{ n }→ (0, ∞), is defined by

where *u* · *x* denotes the standard inner product of *u* and *x*.

The set ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$ will be viewed as equipped with the usual Hausdorff metric, *d*, defined by *d*(*K, L*) = |*h*_{
K
} *- h*_{
L
} |_{∞}, where | · |_{∞} is the sup (or max) norm on the space of continuous functions on the unit sphere, *C*(*S*^{n- 1}).

*K*,

*L*∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$, and

*α*,

*β*≥ 0 (not both zero), the Minkowski linear combination,

*αK*+

*βL*∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$ is defined by

*p*≥ 1, new linear combinations of convex bodies: For

*K*, $L\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$, and

*α, β*≥ 0 (not both zero), the Firey combination, $\alpha \cdot K{+}_{p}\beta \cdot L\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$ whose support function is defined by (see [19])

Obviously, *α · K* = *α*^{1/p}*K*.

*K, L*∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$, and

*α, β*≥ 0 (not both zero), by the Minkowski existence theorem (see [3, 14]), there exists a convex body α ⋅

*K*+

*β ⋅ L*∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$, such that

where *S*(*K*, ·) denotes the surface area measure of *K*, and the linear combination *α · K* + *β · L* is called a Blaschke linear combination.

Lutwak generalized the notion of Blaschke linear combination in [5]:

*K*, $L\in {\mathcal{K}}_{e}^{n}$, and

*n*≠

*p*≥ 1, define $K{+}_{p}L\in {\mathcal{K}}_{e}^{n}$ by

The existence and uniqueness of *K* + _{
p
} *L* are guaranteed by Minkowski's existence theorem in [5].

### 2.1 Mixed volume and *p-* mixed volume

*K*

_{ i }∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$ (I = 1, 2, ...,

*r*) and

*λ*

_{ i }(

*i*= 1, 2,...,

*r*) are nonnegative real numbers, then of fundamental importance is the fact that the volume of ${\sum}_{i=1}^{r}{\lambda}_{i}{K}_{i}$ is a homogeneous polynomial in λ

_{ i }given by

where the sum is taken over all *n-* tuples (*i*_{1},... *i*_{
n
} ) of positive integers not exceeding *r*. The coefficient $V\left({K}_{{i}_{1}}\dots {K}_{{i}_{n}}\right)$, which is called the mixed volume of ${K}_{{i}_{1}}\dots {K}_{{i}_{n}}$, depends only on the bodies ${K}_{{i}_{1}}\dots {K}_{{i}_{n}}$ and is uniquely determined by (2.5). If *K*_{1} = ... *K*_{n-i}= *K* and *K*_{n - i+1}= ... = *K*_{
n
} = *L*, then the mixed volume *V* (*K*_{1} ... *K*_{
n
} ) is usually written as *V*_{
i
} (*K, L*).

*r*= 1 in (2.5), we see that

*K*∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$, there is a positive Borel measure,

*S*(

*K*, ·) on

*S*

^{n- 1}, called the surface area measure of

*K*, such that

for all *Q* ∈ ${\mathcal{K}}^{n}$.

*p*≥ 1, the

*p-*mixed volume

*V*

_{ p }(

*K, L*) of

*K*, $L\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$, was defined by (see [5])

That the existence of this limit was demonstrated in [5].

*S*

_{ p }(

*K*, ·) on

*S*

^{n - 1}such that

*S*

_{ p }(

*K*, ·) is absolutely continuous with respect to

*S*(

*K*, ·) and has Radon-Nikodym derivative,

where *S*(*K*, ·) = *S*_{0}(*K*, ·) is the surface area measure of *K*.

*p*≥ 1,

### 2.2 Aleksandrov body

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}) (denoted the set of positive continuous functions on

*S*

^{n- 1}and endowed with the topology derived from the max norm), the set

*Aleksandrov body*associated with the function

*f*is denoted by

*f, g*∈

*C*+(

*S*

^{n- 1}), and

*λ, μ*≥ 0 (not both zero), then

Obviously, if *f* is the support function of a convex body *K*, then the Aleksandrov body associated with *f* is *K.V* (*K*(*f* )) denotes the volume of body *K*(*f* ). Following Aleksandrov (see [18]), define the volume *V* (*f* ) of a function *f* as the volume of the Aleksandrov body associated with the positive function *f*.

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}), and

*p*≥ 1,

*V*

_{ p }(

*Q, f*) is defined by (see [5])

Obviously, *V*_{
p
} (*K, h*_{
K
} ) = *V* (*K*), for all $K\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$.

### 2.3 *p-* Aleksandrov body

#### Definition 1

*Let f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*p*≥ 1,

*and*

*define*

has a unique maximal element.

*p-Aleksandrov body*associated with the function

*f*+

_{ p }

*g*∈

*C*

^{ + }(

*S*

^{n- 1}) by

for *p* ≥ 1.

The volume of body *K*_{
p
} (*f* + _{
p
} *g*) is denoted by *V* (*K*_{
p
} (*f* + _{
p
} *g*)), and define the volume *V* (*f* + _{
p
} *g*) of the function *f* + _{
p
} *g* as the volume of the *p-* Aleksandrov body associated with the positive function *f* + _{
p
} *g*.

*f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}), and

*p*≥ 1, then

We note that the equality condition in (2.16) is clearly holds, when *f* and *g* are the support functions of *K*(*f* ) and *K*(*g*), respectively. Also, the case *p* = 1 of (2.16) is just (2.12).

## 3 Proof of the main results

The following Lemmas will be required to prove our main theorems.

### Lemma 1

[5]*If K*(*f* ) *is the Aleksandrov body associated with f* ∈ *C*^{+}(*S*^{n- 1}), *then h*_{K(f)}= *f almost everywhere with respect to the measure S*(*K*(*f* ), ·) *on S*^{n- 1}.

Obviously, if *K*(*f* ) is the Aleksandrov body corresponding to a given function *f* ∈ *C*^{+}(*S*^{n- 1}), its support function has the property that 0 *< h*_{
K
} ≤ *f* and *V* (*f* ) = *V* (*h*_{K(f )}).

### Lemma 2

*If p*≥ 1,

*K*(

*f*)

*is the Aleksandrov body associated with f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*then V*(

*f*) =

*V*(

*K*(

*f*)) =

*V*

_{ p }(

*K*(

*f*),

*f*),

*i.e*.

### Lemma 3

*If*$K\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$,

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*then, for p*≥ 1,

We get the following Brunn-Minkowski inequality for the Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions.

### Lemma 4

*If f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*and λ, μ*∈ℝ

^{+},

*then*

*with equality if and only if there exist a constant c >* 0 *and t* ≥ 0, *such that f* = *cg* + *t, almost everywhere with respect to S*(*K*(*f* ), ·) *on S*^{n- 1}.

### Proof

*f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}), from (2.11), (2.12) and the Brunn-Minkowski inequality (see [21]), we get

The equality condition in (3.3) is that *f, g* are the support functions of *K*(*f* ) and *K*(*g*) which are homothetic, respectively.

with equality if and only if there exist a constant *c >* 0 and *t* ≥ 0, such that *f* = *cg* + *t*, almost everywhere with respect to *S*(*K*(*f* ), ·) on *S*^{n- 1}.

*p-*mixed volume

is Firey linear.

### Lemma 5

*If p*≥ 1, $Q\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$,

*f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*and λ, μ*∈ ℝ

^{+},

*then*

### Proof

In the following, we will prove the *p-* Minkowski inequality for the Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions.

*Proof of Theorem 1*.

*p*= 1 in Lemma 3, we get

*f*is concave, i.e.

According to the equality condition in inequality (3.3), and using Lemma 1 and Lemma 2, we have the equality holds in inequality (3.6), if and only if there exist a constant *c >* 0 and *t ≥* 0, such that *h*_{
Q
} = *cf* + *t*, almost everywhere with respect to *S*(*Q*, ·) on *S*^{n- 1}.

To obtain the equality conditions, we note that there is equality in Hölder's inequality precisely when *V*_{1}(*Q, f* )*h*_{
Q
} = *V* (*Q*)*f*, almost everywhere with respect to the measure *S*(*Q*, ·) on *S*^{n- 1}. Combining the equality conditions in (3.6), and using Lemma 1, it shows that the equality holds if and only if there exists a constant *c >* 0 such that *h*_{
Q
} = *cf*, almost everywhere with respect to *S*(*Q*, ·) on *S*^{n- 1}.

Using the above Lemmas and Theorem 1, we can get the following Corollaries describing the uniqueness results.

### Corollary 1

*Suppose K*, $L\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$,

*and*$\mathcal{F}$ ⊂ C

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1})

*is a class of functions such that h*

_{ K }

*, h*

_{ L }∈ $\mathcal{F}$. (i)

*If n ≠ p >*1,

*and V*

_{ p }(

*K, f*) =

*V*

_{ p }(

*L, f*),

*for all f*∈ $\mathcal{F}$,

*then K*=

*L*. (ii)

*If p*=

*n, and V*

_{ p }(

*K, f*) ≥

*V*

_{ p }(

*L, f*),

*for all f*∈ $\mathcal{F}$,

*then K and L are dilates, and hence*

### Proof

*n*≠

*p >*1, take

*f*=

*h*

_{ K }, and from (2.13), Lemma 2 and Theorem 1, we get

*f*=

*h*

_{ L }, we get

In view of the equality conditions of Theorem 1, we obtain that *K* = *L*.

*n*=

*p*, the hypothesis together with Theorem 1, we have

*L*and

*K*(

*f*) are dilates. Take

*f*=

*h*

_{ K }, since

*n*=

*p*, the terms on the left and right are identical, and thus,

*K*and

*L*must dilates; hence,

### Corollary 2

*Suppose f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*and*$\mathcal{F}$ ⊂

*C*

^{ + }(

*S*

^{n- 1})

*is a class of functions such that f, g*∈ $\mathcal{F}$.

*If p >*1,

*and*

*then f* = *g almost everywhere on S*^{n- 1}.

### Proof

*f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}), according to (2.11), we denote two Aleksandrov bodies

*K*(

*f*) and

*K*(

*g*). From the hypothesis, taking

*Q*=

*K*(

*f*), and using Lemma 2 and Theorem 1, we get

*Q*=

*K*(

*g*), we get

### Corollary 3

*Suppose n*≠

*p >*1,

*and f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*such that S*

_{ p }(

*K*(

*f*), ·) ≤

*S*

_{ p }(

*K*(

*g*), ·).

- (i)
*If V*(*f*) ≥*V*(*g*),*and p < n, then f*=*g almost everywhere on*S^{n- 1}. - (ii)
*If V*(*f*) ≤*V*(*g*),*and p > n, then f*=*g almost everywhere on S*^{n- 1}.

### Proof

*φ*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}), and

*n ≠ p >*1, since

*S*

_{ p }(

*K*(

*f*), ·) ≤

*S*

_{ p }(

*K*(

*g*), ·), it follows from the integral representation (2.13) and (2.8) that

*φ*=

*h*

_{K(g)}, from Lemma 1, Lemma 2, and Theorem 1, we get

Applying the hypothesis, and from the definition of the Aleksandrov body and Lemma 1, we obtain the desired results.

### Corollary 4

*Suppose n*≠

*p*≥ 1,

*f, g*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*and*$\mathcal{F}$ ⊂

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1})

*is a class of functions such that f, g*∈ $\mathcal{F}$.

*If*

*then f* = *g almost everywhere on S*^{n- 1}.

### Proof

*K*(

*f*) and

*K*(

*g*). From the hypothesis, taking

*K*=

*K*(

*f*) and

*K*=

*K*(

*g*), and combining with Lemma 2 and Theorem 1, respectively, we obtain

Now, the *p-* Brunn-Minkowski inequality for the *p-* Aleksandrov bodies and the Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions is established as following.

*Proof of Theorem 2*.

with equality if and only if *K*(*f*) and *K*(*g*) are dilates of *Q*.

*Q*=

*K*

_{ p }(

*λ*·

*f*+

_{ p }

*μ*·

*g*), use (2.10), and recall

*V*(

*f*) =

*V*(

*K*(

*f*)) =

*V*

_{ p }(

*K*(

*f*),

*f*), we have

Also, we note that the equality holds, if and only if *K*(*f* ) and *K*(*g*) are dilates. Using Lemma 1, we get the condition of equality holds if and only if there exists a constant *c >* 0 such that *f* = *cg*, almost everywhere with respect to *S*(*K*(*f* ), *·*) on *S*^{n- 1}.

Then, we will prove Theorem 3 by using the generalized Blaschke linear combination.

*Proof of Theorem 3*.

*φ*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}), and

*n*≠

*p*≥ 1, from the integral representation (2.13), (2.8), and (2.4), it follows that for

*K*(

*f*), $K\left(g\right)\in {\mathcal{K}}_{e}^{n}$,

with equality if and only if *K*(*f*)*; K*(*g*) and *K*(*φ* ) are dilates.

*Vp*(

*K, h*

_{ K }) =

*V*(

*K*), and from Lemma 2, we get

In view of the equality condition (3.9), and from Lemma 1, we get the equality holds if and only if there exists a constant *c >* 0 such that *f* = *cg*, almost everywhere with respect to *S*(*K*(*f* ), ·) on *S*^{n- 1}.

### Remark 1

*p*= 1 of the inequality of Theorem 3 is

with equality if and only if there exists a constant *c >* 0 such that *f* = *cg*, almost everywhere with respect to *S*(*K*(*f* ), ·) on *S*^{n- 1}.

The above inequality (3.10) is just the Kneser-Süss inequality type for the Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions.

Actually, from these above proofs, we see Brunn-Minkowski inequality, Minkowski inequality, and Knesser-Süss inequality are equivalent.

## 4 Convergence of Aleksandrov body

In this section, we establish a convergent result about the Aleksandrov bodies associated with positive continuous functions.

The following Lemmas will be required to prove our main result.

### Lemma 6

[7]*If p* ≥ 1, *and K*_{
i
} *is a sequence of bodies in*${\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$, such that ${K}_{i}\to {K}_{0}\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$, then *S*_{
p
} (*K*_{
i
} , ·) → *S*_{
p
} (*K*_{0}, ·), *weakly*.

### Lemma 7

*Suppose*${K}_{i}\to K\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$, and *f*_{
i
} → *f* ∈ *C*^{+}(*S*^{n- 1})*. If p* ≥ 1, *then V*_{
p
} (*K*_{
i
}*, f*_{
i
} ) → *V*_{
p
} (*K, f* ).

### Proof

*f*

_{ i }→

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(S

^{n- 1}), the

*f*

_{ i }are uniformly bounded on

*S*

^{n- 1}. Hence,

*K*

_{ i }→

*K*implies that

In view of the integral representation (2.13) and (2.8), we get the desired result. The convergence result will be established as following.

### Theorem 4

*Suppose p >*1,

*f*∈

*C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1})

*. If f*

_{ i }

*is a sequence of functions in C*

^{+}(

*S*

^{n- 1}),

*such that*

*then f*_{
i
} → *f* .

### Proof

Firstly, since *f*_{
i
} is a sequence in *C*^{+}(*S*^{n- 1}), *f*_{
i
} are uniformly bounded on *S*^{n- 1}.

Applying the Blaschke selection theorem (see [3]), it guarantees the existence of a subsequence of the *f*_{
i
} , which is again denoted by *f*_{
i
} , converging to a positive continuous function *f*_{0} on *S*^{
n-
}^{1}.

*f*

_{ i }are uniformly bounded on

*S*

^{ n-1 },

*V*

_{ p }(

*Q, f*

_{ i }) →

*V*

_{ p }(

*Q, f*), for all $Q\in {\mathcal{K}}_{0}^{n}$, and ${\stackrel{\u0304}{f}}_{i}=1{+}_{p}{f}_{i}$, for all

*i >*0, it follows from Lemma 5 that

By Corollary 2, this means ${\stackrel{\u0304}{f}}_{0}=1{+}_{p}f$, which shows *f*_{0} = *f* .

Thus, every subsequence of *f*_{
i
} has a subsequence that converges to *f* .

## Declarations

### Acknowledgements

The authors express their deep gratitude to the referees for their many very valuable suggestions and comments. The research of Hu-Yan and Jiang-Junhua was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (10971128), Shanghai Leading Academic Discipline Project (S30104), and the research of Hu-Yan was partially supported by Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission (10yz160).

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