# Questions tagged [minimal-surfaces]

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

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### Finding metric to make a submanifold minimal

I would like to ask a question, which I am not sure if there exist some known results (that I could not locate). Given a smooth embedded submanifold $M$ in $\mathbb R^n,$ is it always possible to find ...
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### Minimizing area in relative homology class

A well known result in geometric measure theory asserts that if $(M^{n+1}, g)$ is a closed Riemannian manifold and $\alpha \in H_n(M)$ is a nonzero homology class, then there exists a closed embedded ...
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### Minimal graph over convex domain is area-minimizing

I am looking for a reference stating that If a graph $z=f(x,y)$ over a convex domain $D$ is minimal, then it is area-minimizing. 5.4.18 in Federer's "Geometric measure theory" and Lemma 1.1. in ...
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### Curvature estimate for minimal surfaces

I am a bit confused about Theorem 2.16 in the book "A Course in Minimal Surfaces" by Colding and Minicozzi. The authors write that Theorem 2.16 was proved in this paper by Schoen and Simon in the more ...
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### Interesting geometric flow of space curves with non-vanishing torsion

Recently, while thinking about CMC surfaces, I came up with an interesting geometric flow for curves in $\mathbb{R}^3$ given by \begin{equation} \partial_t \gamma = \tau^{-\frac{1}{2}} n, \end{...
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### Stability of minimal hypersurface with flat directions

Let $\Sigma^n \subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ be a minimal complete hypersurface. Let's consider $\bar{\Sigma} := \Sigma \times \mathbb{R}^k \subseteq \mathbb{R}^{n+k +1}$. Clearly $\bar{\Sigma}$ is a ...
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### Are complete minimal submanifolds closed?

Is it true that any complete minimal submanifold of some Riemannian manifold is closed as a subset? What about the case in which the ambient manifold is an euclidean space?
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### Reference question: $C^1$ estimate for a stable minimal surface

I am looking for an answer/reference to the following question: Let $(M,g)$ be a complete Riemannian manifold and $\Sigma\subset M$ a closed, stable minimal surface. Is it possible to prove $C^1$ ...
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### What is the minimal surface connecting two circles that don't lie in parallel planes?

I'm curious about a general answer for oblique planes, but specifically, I'm interested in the case where one circle's axis is perpendicular to the other's, and its center lies on the other's axis. To ...
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### Why might the Lawson minimal surface $\xi_{1,2}$ have a Morse index 9?

In page 15 of the article New Applications of Min-max Theory, Andre Neves said that: a wishful thinking would suggest the Lawson minimal surface $\xi_{1,2}$ in the 3-sphere to have a Morse index 9, ...
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### Morse index of a closed minimal surface with a small disc removed

Consider the following observation: Let $c_1$ be a geodesic on the unit round sphere $S^2$ with length $2\pi-\epsilon$, where $\epsilon$ is sufficiently small. Then $c_1$ has Morse index one ...
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### about the compactness of minimal surfaces

If a Caccioppoli set $A$ is of minimal perimeter in every compact set $K$ contained in some open set, can we say that $A$ is of minimal perimeter in the open set? If not, please construct a ...
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### On the Calabi-Yau conjecture for minimal surfaces

Colding and Minicozzi proved that any embedded minimal surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with finite topology must be proper and thus it can not be bounded. Is it possible to remove the assumption "finite ...
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### Counter-examples to the higher dimensional statement of the half-space theorem

The well-known Half-space Theorem by Hoffman and Meeks says that there is no nonflat complete properly embedded minimal surface contained in an half space of $\mathbb{R}^3$. The higher dimensional ...
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### Dirichlet problem for capillary equation over convex domain

Let $\Omega \subseteq \mathbb{R}^2$ be a bounded convex domain with piecewise smooth boundary. Let $\phi :\partial \Omega \to \mathbb R$ be a continuous function. Let $L$ be a quasilinear elliptic ...
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### A possible generalization of the exponential map

Let $M$ be a $n$-dimensional Riemannian Manifold, fix $p\in M$, and $1<k<n$. Do we know if the following is true? For any $k$-dimensional subspace $V$ of $T_p M$, there exists a minimal ...
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### Is the intersection of two minimal surfaces minimal?

Consider two $n$-dimensional minimal surfaces without boundary. Suppose they are embedded in some $\mathbb{R}^m$ in such a way that they intersect transversally. Is their intersection a minimal ...
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### Mean curvature upper bounds and area, or geodesic curvature upper bounds and length

Let $M$ be a closed manifold with non-torsion $\pi_2$, and $A$ a non-trivial free homotopy class of a map $f: S^2 \to M$. Let $S$ be the set of (immersed) class $A$ surfaces in $(M,g)$ with mean ...
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### Contour of soap film intersection on a rigid doubly curved surface

When soap/shampoo bubble/film enclosing a small pressure in a small volume is formed on a (relatively hard) flat surface or inside parts of a circular cone/funnel, it forms a hemispherical bubble or ...
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### Do minimal submanifolds minimize area locally?

A few days ago I asked this question on math.stackexchange: Consider $(\tilde{M},g)$ a riemannian manifold and $M \subset \tilde{M}$ riemannian submanifold. Is it true that if $M$ is a minimal ...