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Rotational Crofton formulae for Minkowski tensors and some affine counterparts

By Anne Marie Svane and Eva B. Vedel Jensen
CSGB Research Reports
No. 13, October 2016

Motivated by applications in local stereology, a new rotational Crofton formula is derived for Minkowski tensors. For sets of positive reach, the formula shows how rotational averages of intrinsically defined Minkowski tensors on sections passing through the origin are related to the geometry of the sectioned set. In particular, for Minkowski tensors of order \(j-1\) on \(j\)-dimensional linear subspaces, we derive an explicit formula for the rotational average involving hypergeometric functions. Sectioning with lines and hyperplanes through the origin is considered in detail. We also study the case where the sections are not restricted to pass through the origin. For sets of positive reach, we here obtain a Crofton formula for the integral mean of intrinsically defined Minkowski tensors on \(j\)-dimensional affine subspaces.

Keywords: integral geometry, sets of positive reach, Minkowski tensors, local stereology

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