, Volume 259, Issue 3, pp 617-629
Date: 21 Aug 2007

A sufficient condition for nonrigidity of Carnot groups

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In this article we consider contact mappings on Carnot groups. Namely, we are interested in those mappings whose differential preserves the horizontal space, defined by the first stratum of the natural stratification of the Lie algebra of a Carnot group. We give a sufficient condition for a Carnot group G to admit an infinite dimensional space of contact mappings, that is, for G to be nonrigid. A generalization of Kirillov’s Lemma is also given. Moreover, we construct a new example of nonrigid Carnot group.

This research was partly supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The author would like to thank H. M. Reimann for the helpful advices and the constant support.