# A.A. Agrachev, Exponential mappings for contact sub-Riemannian structures

Title: Exponential mappings for contact sub-Riemannian structures
Authors: A.A. Agrachev
Journal title: Dynamical and Control Systems
Year: 1996
Volume: 2
Pages: 321-358
Abstract:

On sub-Riemannian manifolds, any neighborhood os any point contains geodesics, whic are not length minimizires; the closures of the cut and the conjugate loci of a point $q$ contrain $q$. We study this phenomenon in the case of a contact underlying distribution, essentially in the lowest possible dimension 3, where we extract differential invariants related to the singularities of the cut and the conjugate loci near $q$ and give a generic classification of these singularities.