On the second order derivatives of convex functions on the Heisenberg group

Research paper by Cristian E. Gutierrez, Annamaria Montanari

Indexed on: 09 Sep '03Published on: 09 Sep '03Published in: Mathematics - Analysis of PDEs


In the Euclidean setting the celebrated Aleksandrov-Busemann-Feller theorem states that convex functions are a.e. twice differentiable. In this paper we prove that a similar result holds in the Heisenberg group, by showing that every continuous H-convex function belongs to the class of functions whose second order horizontal distributional derivatives are Radon measures. Together with a recent result by Ambrosio and Magnani, this proves the existence a.e. of second order horizontal derivatives for the class of continuous H-convex functions in the Heisenberg group.