manuscripta mathematica

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 269–278

Über Tangentialkörper der Kugel

  • Rolf Schneider

DOI: 10.1007/BF01171753

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Schneider, R. Manuscripta Math (1978) 23: 269. doi:10.1007/BF01171753


The convex body K is called a p-tangential body of the convex body\(\bar K\) if\(\bar K \subseteq K\) and every (n−p−1)-extremal support plane of K is also a support plane of ¯K. It has been conjectured by Minkowski and proved by Bol that 1-tangential bodies of balls are characterized by the case of equality in one of the Minkowski inequalities for the quermassintegrals. This fact, together with a geometric description of the support of the surface area function Sp(K,·) of order p which was obtained earlier by the author, is used to prove some new characterizations of p-tangential bodies. For instance, an n-dimensional convex body K is a p-tangential body of a ball (for some p∈{0,..., n−2}) if, and only if, its surface area functions Sp (K,·) and Sn−1 (K,·) are constant multiples of each other.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rolf Schneider
    • 1
  1. 1.Mathematisches Institut der Albert-Ludwigs-UhiversitätFreiburg i.Br.

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