Minimal Surfaces

Author:   Ruben Jakob ,  Ulrich Dierkes ,  Albrecht Kuster ,  Stefan Hildebrandt
Publisher:   Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Edition:   Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2010
Volume:   339
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9783642265273


Pages:   692
Publication Date:   01 December 2012
Format:   Paperback
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Minimal Surfaces is the first volume of a three volume treatise on minimal surfaces (Grundlehren Nr. 339-341). Each volume can be read and studied independently of the others. The central theme is boundary value problems for minimal surfaces. The treatise is a substantially revised and extended version of the monograph Minimal Surfaces I, II (Grundlehren Nr. 295 & 296). The first volume begins with an exposition of basic ideas of the theory of surfaces in three-dimensional Euclidean space, followed by an introduction of minimal surfaces as stationary points of area, or equivalently, as surfaces of zero mean curvature. The final definition of a minimal surface is that of a nonconstant harmonic mapping X: \Omega\to\R^3 which is conformally parametrized on \Omega\subset\R^2 and may have branch points. Thereafter the classical theory of minimal surfaces is surveyed, comprising many examples, a treatment of Bjoerlings initial value problem, reflection principles, a formula of the second variation of area, the theorems of Bernstein, Heinz, Osserman, and Fujimoto. The second part of this volume begins with a survey of Plateaus problem and of some of its modifications. One of the main features is a new, completely elementary proof of the fact that area A and Dirichlet integral D have the same infimum in the class C(G) of admissible surfaces spanning a prescribed contour G. This leads to a new, simplified solution of the simultaneous problem of minimizing A and D in C(G), as well as to new proofs of the mapping theorems of Riemann and Korn-Lichtenstein, and to a new solution of the simultaneous Douglas problem for A and D where G consists of several closed components. Then basic facts of stable minimal surfaces are derived; this is done in the context of stable H-surfaces (i.e. of stable surfaces of prescribed mean curvature H), especially of cmc-surfaces (H = const), and leads to curvature estimates for stable, immersed cmc-surfaces and to Nitsches uniqueness theorem and Tomis finiteness result. In addition, a theory of unstable solutions of Plateaus problems is developed which is based on Courants mountain pass lemma. Furthermore, Dirichlets problem for nonparametric H-surfaces is solved, using the solution of Plateaus problem for H-surfaces and the pertinent estimates.

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Author:   Ruben Jakob ,  Ulrich Dierkes ,  Albrecht Kuster ,  Stefan Hildebrandt
Publisher:   Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG
Imprint:   Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
Edition:   Softcover reprint of hardcover 2nd ed. 2010
Volume:   339
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 3.60cm , Length: 23.50cm
Weight:   1.068kg
ISBN:  

9783642265273


ISBN 10:   3642265278
Pages:   692
Publication Date:   01 December 2012
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
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Table of Contents

to the Geometry of Surfaces and to Minimal Surfaces.- Differential Geometry of Surfaces in Three-Dimensional Euclidean Space.- Minimal Surfaces.- Representation Formulas and Examples of Minimal Surfaces.- Plateau's Problem.- The Plateau Problem and the Partially Free Boundary Problem.- Stable Minimal- and H-Surfaces.- Unstable Minimal Surfaces.- Graphs with Prescribed Mean Curvature.- to the Douglas Problem.- Problems.

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From the reviews of the second edition: This volume is in many ways an introduction to differential geometry and to the classical theory of minimal surfaces, and the first four chapters should be readable for graduate students since the only prerequisites are the elements of vector analysis and some basic knowledge of complex analysis. ... In general, the material of this volume is self-contained ... . For further study the authors refer to the extensive bibliography as well as to comments and references in the Scholia attached to each chapter. (Andrew Bucki, Mathematical Reviews, Issue 2012 b)


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