Variations of the sub-Riemannian distance on Sasakian manifolds with applications to coupling
by Fabrice Baudoin, Erlend Grong, Rob Neel and Anton Thalmaier
On Sasakian manifolds with their naturally occurring sub-Riemannian structure, we consider parallel and mirror maps along geodesics of a taming Riemannian metric. We show that these transport maps have well-defined limits outside the sub-Riemannian cut-locus. Such maps are not related to parallel transport with respect to any connection. We use this map to obtain bounds on the second derivative of the sub-Riemannian distance. As an application, we get some preliminary result on couplings of sub-Riemannian Brownian motions.
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