For sufficiently smooth bodies , the Minkowski Functionals can be intuitively defined via (weighted) integrals over the volume or boundary of the body .
The scalar functionals can be interpreted as area, perimeter, or the Euler characteristic, which is a topological constant. The vectors are closely related to the centers of mass in either solid or hollow bodies. Accordingly, the second-rank tensors correspond the tensors of inertia, or they can be interpreted as the moment tensors of the distribution of the normals on the boundary.
Integrated mean curvature
= principal curvature
Cartesian representation (Minkowski Tensors)
Using the position vector and the normal vector on the boundary, the Minkowski Vectors can be defined in the Cartesian representation.
The second-rank Minkowski tensors are defined using the symmetric tensor product .
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Irreducible representation (Spherical Minkowski Tensors)