CMC capillary surfaces at reentrant corners

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Athanassenas, Maria
Lancaster, Kirk E.

Athanassenas, Maria and Kirk Lancaster. 2008. CMC capillary surfaces at reentrant corners. Pacific Journal of Mathematics, v.234, no.2, p.201-228


For a capillary graph in a vertical cylinder × R R3, the existence of a reentrant corner P 2 @ makes the determination of the continuity at P (or the behavior of the radial limits at P) of the solution problematic. Since continuity is the necessary consequence of the existence of a “central fan” of radial limits under certain conditions, the determination of necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a central fan is a very important open question in the mathematical theory of capillarity. Examples by Finn and Shi suggest that “central fans” may be very rare in the sense that arbitrarily small perturbations can eliminate them. In this note we obtain examples of capillary graphs (with zero mean curvature), each of which is continuous or has a central fan at a reentrant corner.

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