Tbilisi Mathematical Journal

On $\mathrm{C}^2$-smooth Surfaces of Constant Width

Brendan Guilfoyle and Wilhelm Klingenberg

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In this paper, we obtain a number of results for $\mathrm{C}^2$-smooth surfaces of constant width in Euclidean 3-space ${\mathbb{E}}^3$. In particular, we establish an integral inequality for constant width surfaces. This is used to prove that the ratio of volume to cubed width of a constant width surface is reduced by shrinking it along its normal lines. We also give a characterization of surfaces of constant width that have rational support function.

Our techniques, which are complex differential geometric in nature, allow us to construct explicit smooth surfaces of constant width in ${\mathbb{E}}^3$, and their focal sets. They also allow for easy construction of tetrahedrally symmetric surfaces of constant width.


The authors would like to thank Peter Giblin for bringing this topic to their attention and Rolf Schneider for helpful discussions. Part of this work was supported by the Research in Pairs Programme of the Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach, Germany.

Article information

Tbilisi Math. J., Volume 2 (2009), 1-17.

Received: 19 February 2008
Revised: 11 February 2009
Accepted: 17 March 2009
First available in Project Euclid: 12 June 2018

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Primary: 53A05: Surfaces in Euclidean space
Secondary: 52A38: Length, area, volume [See also 26B15, 28A75, 49Q20]

Convex geometry constant width line congruence


Guilfoyle, Brendan; Klingenberg, Wilhelm. On $\mathrm{C}^2$-smooth Surfaces of Constant Width. Tbilisi Math. J. 2 (2009), 1--17. doi:10.32513/tbilisi/1528768838. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.tbilisi/1528768838

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