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On the characteristic curvature operator
Vittorio Martino
We introduce the Characteristic Curvature as the curvature of the trajectories of the Hamiltonian vector field with respect to the normal direction to the isoenergetic surfaces; by using the Second Fundamental Form we relate it to the Classical and Levi Mean Curvature. Then we prove existence and uniqueness of viscosity solutions for the related Dirichlet problem and we show the Lipschitz regularity of the solutions under suitable hypotheses. At the end we show that neither Strong Comparison Principle nor Hopf Lemma hold for the Characteristic Curvature Operator.
keywords: viscosity solutions characteristic direction for hypersurfaces. Quasilinear degenerate elliptic PDEs

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