Frobenius theorem for weak submanifolds
The question of producing a foliation of the n-dimensional Euclidean space with k-dimensional submanifolds which are tangent to a prescribed k-dimensional simple vectorfield is part of the celebrated Frobenius thorem: a decomposition in smooth submanifolds tan-gent to a given vectorfield is feasible (and then the vectorfield itself is said to be integrable) if and only if the vectorfield is involutive. In this seminar I will summarize the results obtained in collaboration with G. Alberti, A. Merlo and E. Stepanov when the smooth subma-nifolds are replaced by weaker objects, such as integral or normal currents or even contact sets with "some" boundary regularity. I will also provide Lusin-type counterexamples to the Frobenius property for rectifiable currents. Finally, I will try to highlight the connection between involutivity/integrability à la Frobenius and Carnot-Carathéodory spaces and how to apply our techniques in this framework.
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