Question on minimal surfaces, or surfaces that have zero mean curvature.

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Is $(x,y,\ln(\cos x/\cos y))$ a minimal surface?

Is the surface $(x,y,\ln(\cos x/\cos y))$ minimal? Direct calculation of the first fundamental form seems to get one bogged down in trig functions particularly since it is not diagonal.
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set up Surface Evolver with volume constraint in spherical space?

I don't really expect an answer here, but I don't know anywhere else to ask; there seems to be no Surface Evolver forum. Inspired by the examples shown of triply periodic minimal surfaces, ...
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How is the Euclidean mean curvature of a minimal submanifold of $ \mathbb{S^{n-1}} $ is equal to the metric Laplacian of the position vector?

I am reading about minimal cones from the book "A Course in Minimal Surfaces, T.H Colding, W.P Minicozzi II". It says that if $N^{k-1} \subset \mathbb{S^{n-1}}$ is $k-1$ dimensional minimal ...
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For a minimal surface $M$ under Mean Curvature Flow, can it evolve between minimal surfaces continually?

I don't know much about this subject at all; I'm only just getting into it. As it turns out, a physicist friend of mine asked me a formulation of the following: Suppose $M$ is a surface in $\mathbb{R}...
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When is a stable domain in a minimal surface area minimizing?

A stable domain $D$ in a minimal surface $S\subset \mathbb{R}^3$ is a domain for which the area-functional $A(t):=\int_{S_t}dS_t$ has non-negative second derivative, i.e. $A''(0)\geq 0$, for all ...
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Apply “thickness” to a minimal surface

By definition a minimal surface has no volume. But my goal is to give the minimal surface some volume. Is there a mathematical way to do this? I found a thread in a forum of a math visualization tool ...
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Show that the graph of the function $z(x,y) = x\tan(y)$ is a minimal surface

Show that the graph of the function $z(x,y) = x\tan(y)$ is a minimal surface I'm really lost on how to do this question. I know we have to use the Euler equation to show this, but other than that I'...
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About totally umbilical hypersurfaces

Suppose $\tilde{M} \subset M$ is a hypersurface sitting inside a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$. The second fundamental form of $M$ evaluated on $u,v \in T_pM$ is denoted $II(u,v)$ and defined as the ...
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nonlinear Poisson equation - finite elements

I am kind of new in finite elements and I am solving simple "Poisson nonlinear" problem. $- \nabla ((1 + u^2) \nabla u) = f$ $u = 0 \ \text{on} \ \Omega $ I am using Newton solver, where I have ...
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A surface doubly ruled by orthogonal lines is a plane

The question was originally asked here Doubly Ruled Surfaces and I am following the hint provided by the OP. That is, first show that $K\equiv0$ and then deduce that the surface is a plane. Let the ...
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Associated family of isometric surfaces of a helicoid (or a catenoid)

This question is to understand the local isometry between a helicoid and a catenoid using complex analysis. Given the usual parametrizations, $$x(u,v)=(-\cosh{u}\sin{v},\cosh{u}\cos{v},u)$$ $$y(u,v)=(\...
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Minimum sum of the squares

Find the smallest value of the expression $$(x_1-x_2)^2+(x_2-x_3)^2+...+(x_{n-1}-x_n)^2+(x_n-x_1)^2,$$ if $x_1,x_2,...,x_n -$ pairwise different integers My work so far: I have a hypothesis, that the ...
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Proof of relation between normal of a surface and principle curvatures of surface.

If F(x,y,z) is a scalar function. Then how to prove that, $$\nabla . n = K_1 +K_2$$ where n is normal to surface of constant $F$ given as $$n=\frac{\nabla F}{|\nabla F|}$$ $K_1$ and $K_2$ are ...
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Minimal surface with radially symmetrical function

The following image is from the book "Regularity Theory for Mean Curvature Flow", by Ecker. I consider the plateau problem, whose goal is to solve minimal surface given fixed boundary values. In ...
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Gaussian curvature of minimal surfaces expressed by torsion and curvature of its geodesics

Let $S$ be a minimal surface, and let $\gamma$ be a geodesic parametrized by arc length, with curvature $k$ and torsion $\tau$,show that in the points of $\gamma$ $$ -K=k^2+\tau^2, $$ where, $K$ is ...
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Formulation of boundary constrained minimal surface

Using standard notation of classical surface theory how is the standard Plateau problem formulated as an iso-perimetric one minimizing area for given boundary length $$ \int \sqrt{ E \, du^2 + 2 F ...
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Is every totally geodesic surface minimal?

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold, and let $S$ be a hypersurface (codimension $1$). If $S$ is completely geodesic, does that imply that it is minimal? If not, what are the conditions? If yes, is there ...
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Lipschitz Continuity for a function on stable minimal hypersurface immersed in $\mathbb{R}^n$

I'm going through a proof of Schoen-Simon-Yau's $L^p$ bound on the norm squared of the 2nd f.f., $|A|^2$, for stable (orientable) minimal hypersurfaces in $\Sigma \subset \mathbb{R}^n$, from Minicozzi ...
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what is the minimum surface area shape required in order to contain a 1 meter line at all angles

been stuck on solving/proving the following puzzle: You need to make a hole in the wall, so that a 1 meter line can pass it through the hole at all angels, find a shape with minimum surface area that ...
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Understanding an example for “minimal surface doesn't imply least area”

I can't understand two things regarding the following example: 1- Why the minimal surface $S$ will not minimize the area among all surfaces with boundary the two circles if $S_0 < S$? I don't ...
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Conformal immersions from surfaces into 3-manifolds

Let $f:(S,g) \to (M,h) $ be a smooth immersion of a compact surface into a 3 - manifold. Is it true that there exists a diffeomorphism $\phi: S \to S$, such that the metric $(f \circ \phi)^*(h)$ is ...
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components of normal field are Jacobi fields?

Given a minimal surface $\Sigma$ in $R^3$ with associated normal field $N$, I am told that each of the components of $N$ is a Jacobi field, meaning that $Lu=0$ where L is the stability (Jacobi) ...
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Does any minimal surface which is regular has a conformal parameterization?

Since given surface is regular and minimal, I have $$H=\frac{Eg-2Ff+Ge}{2(EG-F^2)}=0$$ and $$X_u\times X_v\ne0$$ Can I derive $E=G,\ F=0$ from these conditions?
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Parametrization of helicoid like surface for Faraday's law of induction of a solenoid?

I want to visualize with mayavi a possible surface for Faraday's law of induction in the electrodynamics of a solenoid. I.e. something like a helicoid with a smooth transition to a rectangular area, ...
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How to prove the ruled minimal surface is helicoid or plane?

This is an exercise in elementlary differential geometry (named as Catalan's theorem). Though there are many proofs of this problem, I meet some trouble to prove it. My idea is as follows: (1) ...
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Isothermic Surface

What is an Isothermic Surface intuitively? There are a couple of definitions, but I really don't understand what it means if a surface is isothermic. What are ist properties, what is it used for?
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Required minimum number of points on boundary of minimal surface

What is the minimum number of points required to uniquely determine a minimal surface in 3-Space? Four? Five? If six or more points on boundary are given it gives rise to over-determination.. right?
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Scaling of minimal surfaces

After scaling and suitable Euclidean motions every rigid minimal patch can be placed on a unit catenoid of revolution $ x^2 + y^2 = c^2 \cosh^2 (z/c), c=1.$ with full area contact. Is the statement ...
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Necessary relation for closed lines on minimal surfaces

Is there a necessary relation between curvature and torsion of a closed non-intersecting curve on a minimal surface? While playing with soap films I noted closed light threads migrating on a soap ...
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Surface area of a slightly deformed sphere

Consider the unit sphere, which can either be described by $x^2+y^2+z^2=1$ or by the equation $r(\theta,\phi)=1$, where $(r,\theta,\phi)$ are spherical polar coordinates. I define a deformed sphere ...
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Parametrization admitting conservation of K & H

Which mappings admit conservation of K and H ? ( Gauss and mean curvatures). Apart from helicoid/catenoid isometry, which examples can be given of surface bending and distortion so that mean ...
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The Weierstrass-Enneper representation, the Gauss map

Lemma: Let $x:S\to\mathbb{R}^3$ be a conformal minimal immersion of a Riemann surface. The 1-forms $f_k=(x_{k,u}-ix_{k,v})dz$ satisfy: $$ \sum_kf_k^2=0\qquad (1)\qquad \&\qquad \sum_k|f_k|^2\not=0\...
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Norm of a complex cross product

Let $c=(c_1,c_2,c_3)$ be a complex vector. How can we see that $\|c\|^2=\|c\times \bar{c}\|$? Here the bar means component wise complex conjugation, the norm is the Hermitian norm, and the cross ...
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Understanding a step in Yi Fang's Lectures on Minimal Surfaces

In Yi Fang's Lectures on Minimal Surfaces, page $94$, there's a step that I didn't understand, and that perhaps is wrong. I'll estabilish some notation first. We have that $X$ is a minimal surface, $...
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Enneper surface is not injective

I'm having trouble proving the following statement: $x(u, v) = (u − u^ 3/ 3 + uv^2 , v − v^ 3/ 3 + u^ 2 v, u^2 − v^ 2 )$ is a minimal surface and x is not injective Proving that $x(u,v)$, ...
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Scherk’s fifth minimal surface

Scherk’s fifth minimal surface is defined implicitly by $$ \sin(z)=\sinh(x) \sinh(y). $$ How can I show that this surface is minimal?
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Shortest path in the plane under derivative constraint

A colleague posed a toy problem to me today that degenerates to finding the curve y(x) of shortest length than connects two points in the plane (WLOG: y(0) = 0, y(a) = b), such that y'(0) = 0. This ...
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Isothermal parameterization, Inverse of the Gauss Map

This problem is from Do Carmo's Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces. It is question 13 from chapter 3.5, to be specific. Suppose that S is a minimal surface without any umbilical points (...
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Minimising surface with given curve as a boundary

I have a problem connected to finding a minimal surface with a given boundary. I know that it is the surface with zero mean curvature but as I have to obain differential equations for such surface I ...
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Relative minimal surface and minimal surface in the algebraic geometry

Liu's book define regular fibered surface X$\to$S is relative minimal surface if it does not contain any exceptional divisor, regular fibered surface X $\to$ S is minimal surface if every birational ...
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How to actually use the Weierstrass-Enneper parameterization to draw a minimal surface?

I'm interested in drawing (with Mathematica for example) the generalized Scherk saddle tower with threefold symmetry, a shape that I find very attractive. In an article (see here) I found the ...
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Minimal surfaces maximum principle

This is homework so no answers please. The problem is The domain is unit disk in $\mathbb{R}^{2}$ Suppose u,w satisfy the minimal-surface equation $div(\frac{\nabla u}{\sqrt{1+|\nabla u|^2}})=0$, ...
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Minimal surface and Weierstraß parametrization

If I have $f(z) = 1$ and $g(z) = \frac{1}{z}$ and I am looking for a minimal surface on $\mathbb{C} \backslash \{0\}$ using the Weierstraß-Enneper representation of minimal surfaces. Now I was ...
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How useful is the Weierstrass representation of minimal surfaces?

Weierstrass representation of minimal surfaces says that if I have a holomorphic function $f: U \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ and a meromorphic function $g: U \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ such that $f g^2$ is ...
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Blow-ups followed by contractions

Let $S$ be a minimal, non-singular complex projective surface. $\widehat S$ is the surface obtained by $r$ blow-ups of $S$ at the points $x_1,\ldots,x_r\in S$. Clearly $\widehat S$ contains exactly $r$...
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Minimal surface between two non coaxial rings

I'm currently studying minimal surfaces using the Euler-Lagrange equation. I'm particularly interested in minimal surfaces between two circles. I have already examined the case of two coaxial ...
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Prove that there are no complete regular minimal surfaces lying above a paraboloid

Prove that there are no complete regular minimal surfaces lying above a paraboloid contained in $U=\{(x,y,z) \in \mathbb{R}^3 : a(x^2+y^2)<z\}$. Here $a>0$. I've had this problem on my mind ...
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On Yau's (and Schoen's) proof of the positive mass theorem

I would like to face the proof of the positive mass theorem by Yau and Schoen. I have a Bsc in Mathematics and a Msc in Theoretical Physics and I'm preparing a PhD interview-challenge where I have to ...
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To minimize surface area of integer cuboid of ​​the known volume

There is a cuboid (a * b * c), (a, b, c ∈ N). S (Surface area of a cuboid) = 2 * (ab + bc + ca). V (Volume of a cuboid) = a * b * c = n. I need to minimize S, provided that I specified the volume (...
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A minimal surface

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minimal_surface Ref: The first figure with soap film at right. What is surface parametrization or references? How is it connected to the helicoid/catenoid ? Thanks.