Ruled Laguerre minimal surfaces

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Abstract

A Laguerre minimal surface is an immersed surface in ℝ 3 being an extremal of the functional ∫ (H 2/K-1)dA. In the present paper, we prove that the only ruled Laguerre minimal surfaces are up to isometry the surfaces ℝ (φλ) = (Aφ, Bφ, Cφ + D cos 2φ) + λ(sin φ, cos φ, 0), where A,B,C,D ε ℝ are fixed. To achieve invariance under Laguerre transformations, we also derive all Laguerre minimal surfaces that are enveloped by a family of cones. The methodology is based on the isotropic model of Laguerre geometry. In this model a Laguerre minimal surface enveloped by a family of cones corresponds to a graph of a biharmonic function carrying a family of isotropic circles. We classify such functions by showing that the top view of the family of circles is a pencil. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)645-674
Number of pages30
JournalMathematische Zeitschrift
Volume272
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 30 2011

Bibliographical note

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Acknowledgements: The authors are grateful to S. Ivanov for useful discussions. M. Skopenkov was supported in part by Mobius Contest Foundation for Young Scientists and the Euler Foundation. H. Pottmann and P. Grohs are partly supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) under grant S92.

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