Discrete heat kernel determines discrete Riemannian metric

Wei Zeng Ren Guo Feng Luo Xianfeng Gu

Differential Geometry mathscidoc:1912.43783

Graphical Models, 74, (4), 121-129, 2012.7
The LaplaceBeltrami operator of a smooth Riemannian manifold is determined by the Riemannian metric. Conversely, the heat kernel constructed from the eigenvalues and eigenfunctions of the LaplaceBeltrami operator determines the Riemannian metric. This work proves the analogy on Euclidean polyhedral surfaces (triangle meshes), that the discrete heat kernel and the discrete Riemannian metric (unique up to a scaling) are mutually determined by each other. Given a Euclidean polyhedral surface, its Riemannian metric is represented as edge lengths, satisfying triangle inequalities on all faces. The LaplaceBeltrami operator is formulated using the cotangent formula, where the edge weight is defined as the sum of the cotangent of angles against the edge. We prove that the edge lengths can be determined by the edge weights unique up to a scaling using the variational approach.
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  title={Discrete heat kernel determines discrete Riemannian metric},
  author={Wei Zeng, Ren Guo, Feng Luo, and Xianfeng Gu},
  booktitle={Graphical Models},
Wei Zeng, Ren Guo, Feng Luo, and Xianfeng Gu. Discrete heat kernel determines discrete Riemannian metric. 2012. Vol. 74. In Graphical Models. pp.121-129. http://archive.ymsc.tsinghua.edu.cn/pacm_paperurl/20191224205803075462347.
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