Surface area and other measures of ellipsoids
Abstract
We begin by studying the surface area of an ellipsoid in ndimensional Euclidean space as the function of the lengths of the semiaxes. We write down an explicit formula as an integral over the unit sphere in ndimensions and use this formula to derive convexity properties of the surface area, to give sharp estimates for the surface area of a largedimensional ellipsoid, to produce asymptotic formulas for the surface area and the \emph{isoperimetric ratio} of an ellipsoid in large dimensions, and to give an expression for the surface in terms of the Lauricella hypergeometric function. We then write down general formulas for the volumes of projections of ellipsoids, and use them to extend the abovementioned results to give explicit and approximate formulas for the higher integral mean curvatures of ellipsoids. Some of our results can be expressed as ISOPERIMETRIC results for higher mean curvatures.
 Publication:

arXiv Mathematics eprints
 Pub Date:
 March 2004
 arXiv:
 arXiv:math/0403375
 Bibcode:
 2004math......3375R
 Keywords:

 Metric Geometry;
 Probability
 EPrint:
 Supercedes preprint math.MG/0306387