As of May 31, 2023, we have updated our Code of Conduct.

# Questions tagged [minimal-surfaces]

For questions about minimal surfaces in the sense of Riemannian geometry (as opposed to complex geometry).

104 questions
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1 vote
65 views

### Singularities of mean-convex MCF in the sphere?

Let $\Sigma^n \subset S^{n+1}$ be a codimension one, embedded minimal hypersurface in the sphere. As the sphere has positive Ricci curvature, this must be unstable. In particular, perturbing $\Sigma$ ...
2k views

### What is the shape of the perfect coffee cup for heat retention assuming coffee is being drunk at a constant rate?

Note: I asked this on Mathematics SE and even though @TheSimpliFire offered a bounty on it, no-one had a good answer Find the optimal shape of a coffee cup for heat retention. Assuming A constant ...
34 views

### Intersection of $n$-dimensional minimal surfaces with two-dimensional planes

Let $M^n \subset \mathbf{R}^{n+k}$ be a smoothly embedded minimal surface. When the dimension is $n = 2$ and the codimension is $k = 1$ the intersection of $M$ with planes is well understood. If $M$ ...
1 vote
24 views

### A question related to Ros's two-piece property

In 1995 Ros proved that minimal surfaces in the round three-sphere $S^3$ enjoy a two-piece property: any hyperplane $\Pi \subset \mathbf{R}^4$ divides every minimal surface $\Sigma \subset S^3$ into ...
124 views

### 'Degenerate' tangent point of a minimal graph

Let $u: D_1 \to \mathbf{R}$ be a smooth function defined on the unit disk $D_1 \subset \mathbf{R}^2$ which describes the minimal graph $G$. Suppose that at the origin $G$ is tangent to the horizontal ...
152 views

### Is the intersection of such a triple of minimal surfaces in the 3-ball a single point?

Let $S_1,S_2,S_3$ be three simple closed curves on the 2-sphere $\mathbb{S}^2$. (With no smoothness or rectifiability assumption) For each $i$, let $M_i$ denote the minimal surface (i.e. disc) bounded ...
1 vote
34 views

### Are the isoparametric cones the only known examples of minimizing hypercones?

After searching the literature for a long time, it seems to me that the only known examples of area minimizing hypercones are isoparametric cones and their products with $\Bbb R^k$. By isoparametric ...
116 views

### is there a co-Stokes theorem? (with the codifferential)

I am trying to read through J. Simmons, Minimal Varieties in Riemannian Manifolds, and in the proof of Proposition 1.2.2 he calls "Stokes theorem" to the following result:  \int_M\delta\...
56 views

120 views

196 views

### Minimize the area of a maximal surface in R^{2,1} with boundary on the unit sphere

Let $\mathrm{H}$ be the unit sphere in the Minkowski space $\mathbb{R}^{2,1}$ (i.e., a one-sheeted hyperboloid $x_1^2+x_2^2=x_3^2+1$). Assume that $\gamma\subset \mathrm{H}$ is a closed space-like ...
79 views

### Why are $S_1,S_2$ oriented boundaries of least area?

I am trying to understand the paper by Bombieri and Giusti on Harnack inequality on minimal surfaces: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF01418640. In particular, I am trying to understand the ...
133 views

### When are the Schoen-Yau minimal surfaces embedded?

In 1979, Rick Schoen and Shing-Tung Yau published an Annals paper in which they proved the existence of so-called 'incompressible' minimal surfaces in compact Riemannian manifolds. Question. Under ...
334 views

### What is the current status on bad tangent cones at isolated singularities?

Let $M^8 \subset B^9 \setminus \{ 0 \} \subset \mathbf{R}^9$ be a properly embedded, stable minimal hypersurface. Suppose that $0 \in \overline{M}$ is an isolated singularity of the surface. Question. ...
197 views

1 vote
139 views

### What does Colding-Minicozzi theory say about convergence with multiplicity?

Let $(M_j \mid j \in \mathbf{N})$ be a sequence of compact minimal surfaces in the unit ball $B \subset \mathbf{R}^3$, with boundaries $\partial M_j \subset \partial B$. Assume that the sequence ...
85 views

### $1$-parameter family of minimal embeddings and the maximum principle

Let $M^3$ be a closed orientable smooth manifold and let $g_t$ be a (smooth) $1$-parameter family of Riemannian metrics on $M$, $t \in \mathbb{R}$. Let $P \subset M$ a fixed closed orientable embedded ...
406 views

### A counterexample to a conjecture of Lawson

Yau quotes Lawson as having formulated the following conjecture : Let $M$ be an embedded minimal surface in $\mathbf{S}^3$. Prove that the two domains in $\mathbf{S}^3$ divided by $M$ have equal ...
1 vote
131 views

### Minimal surfaces with increasing area but bounded Morse index

Question. What restrictions are known on closed manifolds $(M^3,g)$ that contain a sequence of embedded minimal surfaces $(\Sigma_j \mid j \in \mathbf{N})$ with \begin{equation} \mathrm{area} \, \...
97 views

### When is the least-area surface unique?

Let $M^{n-1}$ be a smooth closed manifold, embedded into the round sphere $\mathbf{S}^n$ via a regular map $\Phi$. Using tools from geometric measure theory, one can prove the existence of a $n$-...
1 vote
131 views

### Can min-max be set up around a minimal cone?

Let me state my question in very loose terms to start, then give some details and restate it in more precise terms at the bottom. Question. Given a regular minimal cone $\mathbf{C}$, can one set up a ...
109 views

### How does the topology of minimal surfaces depend on the radius?

Let $M^n \subset \mathbf{R}^{n+k}$ be a smooth, properly embedded minimal surface, with boundary $\partial M$. The convex hull property states that $M$ is contained inside the convex hull of its ...
107 views

### Nearest point is always regular for isoperimetric hypersurfaces

In his paper "Paul Levy's Isoperimetric Inequality" (published as appendix C in Metric Structures for Riemannian and Non-riemannian Spaces), Gromov claims that if $H$ is a minimal $n$-...
104 views

70 views

### Minimal normal graph

Let $(M^3,g)$ be a complete and orientable Riemannian $3$-manifold and let $\Sigma^2 \subset M$ be a compact orientable totally geodesic surface embedded in $M$. For $f \in C^{2,\alpha}(\Sigma)$ with ...
Let $M^3$ be a closed orientable smooth manifold, let $g_n$ be a sequence of Riemannian metrics on $M$ converging to $g$ and let $\Sigma_n$ be a sequence of closed orientable $g_n$-minimal surfaces ...