Mathematik und Statistik
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Ben Lambert

Forschung / Research

Me in some geometry
See below for some pictures from my research! Or click on:
  • Unwinding a jester's hat
  • Stable, unstable and one-sided stable maximal surfaces
  • Death's trumpet
  • Convex inverse mean curvature flow inside ellipsoids

    Research Interests

  • Mean curvature flow and related geometric flows
  • Geometric analysis
  • Partial differential equations with boundary conditions
  • Calculus of variations

    Peer Reviewed Papers

    (6) B. Lambert and J. Scheuer, A geometric inequality for convex free boundary hypersurfaces in the unit ball, to appear in Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society. Preprint .

    (5) B. Lambert, Construction of maximal hypersurfaces with boundary conditions, to appear in Manuscripta Mathematica. Published online first at DOI:10.1007/s00229-016-0896-1. Preprint

    (4) B. Lambert and J. Scheuer, The inverse mean curvature flow perpendicular to the sphere, Mathematische Annalen, Volume 364 (2016), Issue 3, pages 1069 -- 1093 . Preprint

    (3) B. Lambert, The constant angle problem for mean curvature flow inside rotational tori, Mathematical Research Letters, Volume 21 (2014), Issue 3, pages 537--551. Preprint

    (2) B. Lambert, The perpendicular Neumann problem for mean curvature flow with a timelike cone boundary condition, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, Volume 366 (2014), pages 3373--3388 . Preprint

    (1) B. Lambert, A note on the oblique derivative problem for graphical mean curvature flow in Minkowski space, Abhandlungen aus dem Mathematischen Seminar der Universit\"at Hamburg, Volume 82, Issue 1 (2012), pages 115--120. Link

    Further Preprints

    (7) B. Lambert, A remark on gradient estimates for spacelike mean curvature flow with boundary conditions. Preprint .

    A few pictures

    Unwinding a jester's hat

    Jester's hat inside a rotational torus
    An initial "jester's hat" hypersurface inside a rotational torus flows by mean curvature flow with a Neumann boundary condition to a flat cross-section of the torus. The results of (3) indicate that all embedded initial hypersurfaces transversal to the rotational vector field inside the torus flow for all time and converge to a flat cross-section.

    Stable, unstable and one-sided stable maximal surfaces

    Stable and unstable Maximal surfaces
    Here we see the cross-section of rotationally symmetric spacelike constant mean curvature foliations perpendicular Lorenzian boundary manifolds in Minkowski space, where the straight horizontal lines represent flat maximal surfaces. As the constant mean curvature foliations may be used to construct comparison solutions for spacelike mean curvature flow with boundary conditions, we see three different behaviours:
  • The maximal surface where all the lines of the foliation bend towards the maximal surface (such as the horizontal line at the fattest point of the sine wave on the left) are stable under the flow (i.e. mean curvature flow that starts near to the maximal surface flows back to the surface).
  • The maximal surface at the thinnest part of the sine wave is unstable.
  • Meanwhile on the left we see a sequence of maximal surfaces which are one sided stable (i.e. if perturb the maximal surface only in the downwards direction, it will be pushed back to the initial maximal surface, but if we perturb only in the upwards direction, the surface flows to the next maximal surface up). Full details of these results may be found in (5) above.

    Death's Trumpet

    Grim reaper solution coming out of a trumpet
    Here is an interesting example of singular behaviour of mean curvature with a Neumann boundary condition in Minkowski space: We see here the grim reaper solution to spacelike mean curvature flow in 2 dimensional spacelike mean curvature flow given by log(cosh(x+t)), starting from negative t. The boundary manifold or "trumpet" is given by log(|sinh(x)|), and the grim reaper solution is (Minkowski) perpendicular to the trumpet at any point it intersects it. We therefore have a solution to mean curvature flow with a Neumann boundary condition whose maximum curvature explodes as t tends towards 0. Additionally the flow becomes "lightlike at infinity" at time t=0. This implies that some curvature conditions are required on boundary manifolds if we wish to get bounded geometry in the form of gradient and curvature estimates of a flowing hypersurface. Wierdly, although the Neumann boundary condition no longer makes sense for t>0, there is no problem for the flow to continue on the interior (the thinner lines in the picture). While this is an interesting example, I admit that I include it here partly in the hope the name "Death's Trumpet" catches on. For more results on gradient estimates for spacelike mean curvature flow see (5) above.

    Convex inverse mean curvature flow inside ellipsoids

    Something that will form a singularity
    In (4) we see that for convex initial data, IMCF perpendicular to the unit sphere exists for a finite time before converging to a flat minimal hypersurface intersecting the unit sphere on an equator. The flow therefore becomes globally singular, with the speed of the flow becoming infinite everywhere at the final time. The above is an example that demonstrates if we flatten our sphere even slightly this result is no longer true. The above shows convex rotationally symmetric initial data intersecting the unique rotationally symmetric topological disc which is minimal. Since the flow cannot change direction the results of (4) cannot hold. In fact due to a minimum speed bound, the above must form a (nonglobal) singularity in finite time.
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