Coarse-grained curvature tensor on polygonal surfaces

Preprint, 2021


Using concepts from integral geometry, we propose a definition for a local coarse-grained curvature tensor that is well-defined on polygonal surfaces. This coarse-grained curvature tensor shows fast convergence to the curvature tensor of smooth surfaces, capturing with accuracy not only the principal curvatures but also the principal directions of curvature. Thanks to the additivity of the integrated curvature tensor, coarse-graining procedures can be implemented to compute it over arbitrary patches of polygons. When computed for a closed surface, the integrated curvature tensor is identical to a rank-2 Minkowski tensor. We also provide an algorithm to extend an existing C++ package, that can be used to compute efficiently local curvature tensors on triangulated surfaces.

Recommended citation: "Coarse-grained curvature tensor on polygonal surfaces", C. Duclut, A. Amiri, J. Paijmans, and F. Jülicher, arXiv:2104.07988 (2021).

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