The translative integral formulas

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In this final section, we shall prove Theorems 1.1 and 1.2. The basic idea of our approach has already been outlined in the Introduction.

The following crucial lemma is implicitly contained in a paper ofEwald,Larman andRogers[7]. It is also used byHeinrichandMolchanov[16]. For the reader’s convenience we include the complete argument. Subsequently, we write Hr, r ≥ 0, for ther-dimensional Hausdorff measure in a Euclidean space. It will always be clear from the context which space is meant.

Lemma 3.1. Let K, L⊂IRn be convex bodies. Then the set T(K, L) of allt∈IRn such thatK andL+tdo not intersect almost transversally has Hn measure zero.

P r o o f . Certainly, T(K, L) =T1(K, L)∪T2(K, L), whereT1(K, L) denotes the set of allt∈IRn for which there is somex∈∂K∩∂(L+t) such that

N(K, x)∩N(L+t, x)6={0}

andT2(K, L) is the set of allt∈IRn for which there is somex∈∂K∩∂(L+t) such that

N(K, x)∩(−N(L+t, x))6={0}.

It is easy to check thatT2(K, L) =∂(K+ (−L)).

For a convex bodyM ⊂IRnandu∈Sn−1, letF(M, u) denote the support set ofM with exterior normal vectoru, and let h(M,·) : IRn→IR denote the support function ofM; see [25] for explicit definitions. Choose anyt ∈T1(K, L). Then there exists a pointx∈∂K∩∂(L+t) and a unit vectoru∈N(K, x)∩N(L+t, x), and thus

hx, ui=h(K, u) and hx−t, ui=h(L, u).

Thent=x−(x−t)∈∂K+ (−∂L) andt∈F(K, u) + (−F(L, u)). This shows that T1(K, L)⊆ [


[F(K, u) + (−F(L, u))] =: Λ(L, K).

Let > 0 be arbitrarily chosen. Then Theorem 2.3.2 in [25] implies that there are capsC1, . . . , Cmwhose union covers ∂(K+L) and for which





wherec1 is a constant independent of. Further, Lemma 2.3.9 in [25] yields that Λ(L, K)⊆




[Ci+ (−Ci) +ai], wherea1, . . . , am are suitable translation vectors. This implies

Hn(Λ(L, K))≤




Hn(Ci+ (−Ci))≤




(n+ 1)nHn(Ci)≤c2,

where c2 is a constant independent of . This concludes the proof since > 0 was

arbitrary. 2

Using Lemma 3.1 and the continuity properties of mixed volumes, we shall see that Theorems 1.1 and 1.2 follow from the next lemma.

Lemma 3.2. Let K, L⊂IRn be convex bodies, and letr >0. DefineX :=Kr and Y :=Lr. Then Theorems 1.1 and 1.2 hold for the parallel bodies X andY.

P r o o f . First we note that ∂X and ∂Y are sets of positive reach in the sense of Federer[8]. In fact, these sets areC1,1Lipschitz submanifolds of IRn. Of course, the

same is true forX andY. For general sets of positive reach,Federer[8] introduced curvature measures as Borel measures on IRn. Subsequently,M. Z¨ahle[36] extended this concept to (generalized) curvature measures, as Borel measures on IRn×IRn, and simplified the original approach. For a setR⊂IRn of positive reach, these measures are denoted byCi(R,·),i= 0, . . . , n−1. They can be obtained as coefficient measures of a local Steiner formula. We refer to [36] and to [19] for a more detailed description of these measures; see also [36] and [19] for the particular normalization of these measures which is adopted in the present paper. Next we note that ifX∩(Y +t)6=∅ andt /∈T2(X, Y), then∂X∩(∂Y +t) is a set of positive reach and

χ(∂X∩(∂Y +t)) =C0(∂X∩(∂Y +t),IRn×IRn).


This is implied by Theorems 4.10 and 5.19 in [8]. Hence it follows from results provided in [8] thatt7→χ(∂X∩(∂Y +t)) is Borel measurable if we possibly redefine this map on the Borel setT2(X, Y) of measure zero where both sides of equation (3.1) might not be defined.

Essentially, Lemma 3.2 will be proved by applying a translative integral formula, due toRatajandM. Z¨ahle[19], in the present special context. Since we shall need some specific information about certain mixed curvature measures which are involved in the statement of this formula, we introduce some additional notation.

LetνX(x), x∈∂X, denote the uniquely determined exterior unit normal vector of X atx. LetN(X) andN(∂X) denote the generalized unit normal bundles of X and

∂X, respectively. A general definition is given, e.g., in [36]. In the present particular setting,

N(X) ={(x, νX(x))∈IRn×Sn−1:x∈∂X}


N(∂X) =N(X)∪ {(x,−νX(x))∈IRn×Sn−1:x∈∂X}.

Since X = Kr and r > 0, the map νX is Lipschitz and hence differentiable Hn−1 -almost everywhere on∂X. Thus, by specializing the general definitions in [36], the generalized curvature functions

κ1(X, x, m), . . . , κn−1(X, x, m)∈[0,∞)

can be obtained, for Hn−1-almost allx∈∂X and m=νX(x), as the eigenvalues of the symmetric linear mapDνX(x) : νX(x) →νX(x). Moreover, for Hn−1-almost all (x, m)∈N(X) andi= 1, . . . , n−1,

κi(∂X, x, m) =κi(X, x, m)∈[0,∞) and

κi(∂X, x,−m) =−κi(X, x, m)∈(−∞,0].

A common eigenvector corresponding toκi(∂X, x, m),κi(∂X, x,−m) andκi(X, x, m) is denoted byai(∂X, x,±m) = ai(X, x, m), for i= 1, . . . , n−1 and Hn−1-almost all (x, m)∈N(X). In particular, these eigenvectors are chosen in such a way that they represent an orthonormal basis ofm. Similar results and notations are used for Y. All these definitions are consistent with those given in [36] for arbitrary sets of positive

reach. Finally, for vectorsc1, . . . , cn ∈IRn the volume of the parallelepiped spanned by these vectors is denoted bykc1∧. . .∧cnk, since this volume equals the norm of the n-vectorc1∧. . .∧cn.

After these preparations we can describe the mixed curvature measures Ψl,n−l(R1, R2;·), l∈ {0, . . . , n},

where R1, R2 ∈ {X, Y, ∂X, ∂Y}. These measures are Borel measures on subsets of (IRn)3. In [19], these measures are defined by an integration over the joint unit normal bundle ofR1 andR2 (that is, by means of a joint unit normal current ofR1 andR2), for general setsR1, R2 of positive reach. We shall merely need the projections of the mixed curvature measures onto the first two components, and hence we set

Ψl,n−l(R1, R2;A) := Ψl,n−l(R1, R2;A×IRn),

since then all vectors lie in the orthogonal complement ofm. So if m=±n, then the integrand is defined to be zero. We also mention that

Ψ0,n(R1, R2;A×B) =C0(R1, A×IRn)Hn(R2∩B) (3.2)


Ψn,0(R1, R2;A×B) =Hn(R1∩A)C0(R2, B×IRn), (3.3)

for Borel setsA, B⊆IRn. By Lemma 3.1, condition (6) of Theorem 1 in [19] is satisfied for the sets∂X and ∂Y. Thus we can apply this theorem to the sets ∂X and ∂Y in IRn (and fork= 0 in the notation of [19]). Leth: IRn→[0,∞) be an arbitrary Borel measurable function. Furthermore, letB ⊂(IRn)3denote a bounded Borel set which contains (X+ (−Y))×X×Sn−1in its interior. If we use the fact that the curvature measureC0(∂X∩(∂Y +t),·) is defined at least for Hn-almost allt∈IRn such that

∂X∩(∂Y+t)6=∅and concentrated on∂X×Sn−1,∂X∩(∂Y +t) =∅ift /∈X+ (−Y), Ψl,n−l(∂X, ∂Y;·) is concentrated on ∂X×∂Y ×Sn−1 forl = 0, . . . , n, and equation (3.1), then an application of Theorem 1 in [19] to the function1Bhyields



h(t)χ(∂X∩(∂Y +t))Hn(dt) (3.4)







h(x−y)Ψl,n−l(∂X, ∂Y;d(x, y)).

Since Hn(∂X) = Hn(∂Y) = 0, equations (3.2) and (3.3) imply that the summands corresponding tol= 0 andl=nvanish.

Next we consider the following decomposition of the essential domain of integration for each summandI(h, l),l= 1, . . . , n−1, on the right-hand side of equation (3.4):

N(∂X)×N(∂Y) = (N(X)×N(Y))∪({(x,−m) : (x, m)∈N(X)} ×N(Y))

∪(N(X)× {(y,−n) : (y, n)∈N(Y)})

∪({(x,−m) : (x, m)∈N(X)} × {(y,−n) : (y, n)∈N(Y)}).

This decomposition leads to a corresponding decomposition ofI(h, l) according to I(h, l) =I1(h, l) +. . .+I4(h, l), l= 1, . . . , n−1.


Thus, forl= 1, . . . , n−1 we obtain I1(h, l) =



h(x−y)Ψl,n−l(X, Y;d(x, y)).

In order to treat the second summand I2(h, l), we first apply the isometric map (x, m, y, n)7→(−x, m, y, n) and then use the relations

κi(∂X,−x, m) =−κi(−∂X, x, m) =−κi(−X, x, m) and

ai(∂X,−x, m) =±ai(−∂X, x, m) =±ai(−X, x, m), fori= 1, . . . , n−1 andHn−1-almost all (x, m)∈N(−X). Thus we obtain

I2(h, l) = (−1)n−1−l Z


h(−x−y)Ψl,n−l(−X, Y;d(x, y)).

Similarly, we find

I3(h, l) = (−1)l−1 Z


h(x+y)Ψl,n−l(X,−Y;d(x, y))


I4(h, l) = (−1)n Z


h(−x+y)Ψl,n−l(−X,−Y;d(x, y)).

Obviously, the measures Ψl,n−l(±X,±Y;·) are non-negative. Therefore we can deduce the integrability of the mapt7→χ(∂X∩(∂Y +t)) as soon as|Ij(h, l)|<∞has been

Since mixed volumes are invariant with respect to simultaneous applications of volume preserving affine maps, we are finally led to

I1(h0, l) +. . .+I4(h0, l)

This proves the assertion of integrability. Moreover, combining (3.4), (3.5) and (3.6), we also conclude the proof of the translative integral formula for the intersections of boundaries of parallel sets.

The argument for the intersection of boundary and body is analogous, actually it is simpler since we merely have to apply the decomposition

N(∂X)×N(Y) = (N(X)×N(Y))∪({(x,−m) : (x, m)∈N(X)} ×N(Y)) The last summand on the right-hand side can be treated as the remaining summands if we use the representation

for Borel setsA⊆IRn; confer [36] or [19]. The proof can then be completed as before by either using that (for this particular normalization of the curvature measures)

C0(∂X,(IRn)2) =χ(Sn−1) = 1−(−1)n

or by recalling the well-known fact thatC0(X,(IRn)2) = 1. 2 It remains to establish the general case of Theorems 1.1 and 1.2. This is accomplished by the following

P r o o f . Fix two convex bodies K, L ⊂ IRn. First, we consider the case of the intersection of boundaries. Choose a decreasing sequenceri∈(0,1] satisfyingri →0 fori→ ∞andr1= 1. By Twe denote the set of allt∈IRn for which there is some r∈ {ri|i∈IN} ∪ {0}such that∂Krand∂Lr+tdo not intersect almost transversally.

Lemma 3.1 implies thatHn(T) = 0. Forr≥0 we set υr(t) :=χ(∂Kr∩(∂Lr+t)).

Lett∈IRn−T be fixed for the moment. We distinguish several cases.

Case 1: K∩(L+t)6=∅.

Case 1.1: ∂K∩(∂L+t)6=∅. Then∂K and∂L+t must intersect almost transver-sally, sincet /∈T. Thusυ0(t) =υri(t), for alli∈IN, by Theorem 1.3.

Case 1.2: ∂K∩(∂L+t) =∅. It is easy to check that thenK⊆L+torL+t⊆K. Hence, Kr ⊆ Lr +t for all r ≥ 0 or Lr+t ⊆ Kr for all r ≥ 0, and therefore υ0(t) =υri(t) = 0 for alli∈IN.

Case 2: K∩(L +t) = ∅. Then ∂K ∩(∂L+t) = ∅, since t /∈ T. Hence, K∩(L+t) =∅. Note thatKr1 = (Kr)r1−r and Lr1 = (Lr)r1−r, forr∈[0, r1]. Let r∈ {ri:i∈IN}. Using again the assumption thatt /∈Tand Theorem 1.3, we obtain

υr(t) =

υ1(t) ifKr∩(Lr+t)6=∅,

0 otherwise,


i→∞lim υri(t) = 0 =υ0(t).

In any case, fort /∈T we obtain that

r(t)| ≤ |υ1(t)|, forr∈ {ri:i∈IN} ∪ {0}, and

i→∞lim υri(t) =υ0(t).

Lemma 3.2 shows that υ1(·) is integrable with respect to Hn. By the dominated convergence theorem, we thus conclude that

i→∞lim Z


χ(∂Kri∩(∂Lri+t))Hn(dt) = Z



An application of Lemma 3.2 then completes the proof in the case considered, since the mixed volumes are continuous in each component with respect to the Hausdorff metric.

The case of the intersection of boundaries and bodies can be treated similarly. In-stead of Theorem 1.3 one now has to use Theorem 1.4. Moreover, Case 1.2 has to be split into two subcases due to the asymmetry of the situation. IfKr⊆Lr+t for all r≥0, then

χ(∂Kr∩(Lr+t)) =χ(Sn−1) =χ(∂K1∩(L1+t))

for allr≥0. IfLr+t⊆Kr for allr≥0, then χ(∂Kr∩(Lr+t)) =χ(∅) = 0 for all

r≥0. 2


We wish to thank Professor Peter Mani-Levitska for inviting us to Bern and for several interesting discussions related to the present subject.


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