A matrix Lie group of Carnot type
for filiform sub-Riemannian structures
and its application to control systems in chained form
Proceedings of the Summer school on Differential Geometry
Coimbra, Portugal, September 1999
A Carnot group G is a simply connected graded nilpotent Lie
group endowed a left-invariant distribution generating the Lie algebra of G.
Here we show that the quotient manifold of a filiform Carnot group by
the subgroup generated by its
characteristic line field is projectively abelian.
The result is used to show how a class of bilinear control systems
have an intrinsic linear behavior.
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