Existence of minimal surfaces of bounded topological type in three- manifolds. (English) Zbl 0602.49028

Geometry and partial differential equations, Miniconf. Canberra/Aust. 1985, Proc. Cent. Math. Anal. Aust. Natl. Univ. 10, 163-176 (1986).
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Using the methods of geometric measure theory, this paper investigates the existence of smooth embedded minimal surfaces with special topological properties in three-manifolds. The conclusions of the theorems refer to closed minimal surfaces in compact three-manifolds and mininal surfaces with boundary lying in the boundary of a uniformly convex subset of \(R^ 3\). On the basis of these conclusions the authors give a number of new examples in which minimal surfaces are realized in three-manifolds in topologically interesting ways.
Reviewer: C.Udrişte


49Q05 Minimal surfaces and optimization
49Q20 Variational problems in a geometric measure-theoretic setting
53A10 Minimal surfaces in differential geometry, surfaces with prescribed mean curvature
53C20 Global Riemannian geometry, including pinching
57N10 Topology of general \(3\)-manifolds (MSC2010)


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