Oriented Area as a Morse Function on Polygon Spaces

Daniil Mamaev


We study polygon spaces arising from planar configurations of necklaces with some of the beads fixed and some of the beads sliding freely. These spaces include configuration spaces of flexible polygons and some other natural polygon spaces. We characterise critical points of the oriented area function in geometric terms and give a formula for the Morse indices. Thus we obtain a generalisation of isoperimetric theorems for polygons in the plane.


Flexible polygons; configuration spaces; Morse index; critical points

ISSN: 1855-3974

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