Conformal dimension

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In mathematics, the conformal dimension of a metric space X is the infimum of the Hausdorff dimension over the conformal gauge of X, that is, the class of all metric spaces quasisymmetric to X.[1]

Formal definition

Let X be a metric space and [math]\displaystyle{ \mathcal{G} }[/math] be the collection of all metric spaces that are quasisymmetric to X. The conformal dimension of X is defined as such

[math]\displaystyle{ \mathrm{Cdim} X = \inf_{Y \in \mathcal{G}} \dim_H Y }[/math]


We have the following inequalities, for a metric space X:

[math]\displaystyle{ \dim_T X \leq \mathrm{Cdim} X \leq \dim_H X }[/math]

The second inequality is true by definition. The first one is deduced from the fact that the topological dimension T is invariant by homeomorphism, and thus can be defined as the infimum of the Hausdorff dimension over all spaces homeomorphic to X.


  • The conformal dimension of [math]\displaystyle{ \mathbf{R}^N }[/math] is N, since the topological and Hausdorff dimensions of Euclidean spaces agree.
  • The Cantor set K is of null conformal dimension. However, there is no metric space quasisymmetric to K with a 0 Hausdorff dimension.

See also

  • Anomalous scaling dimension


  1. John M. Mackay, Jeremy T. Tyson, Conformal Dimension : Theory and Application, University Lecture Series, Vol. 54, 2010, Rhodes Island