Rolling construction for anisotropic Delaunay surfaces

Miyuki Koiso, Bennett Palmer

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Anisotropic Delaunay surfaces are surfaces of revolution that have constant anisotropic mean curvature. We show how the generating curves of such surfaces can be obtained as the trace of a point held in a fixed position relative to a curve that is rolled without slipping along a line. This generalizes the Delaunay's classical construction for surfaces of revolution with constant mean curvature. Our result is given as a corollary of a new geometric description of the rolling curve of a general plane curve. Also, we characterize anisotropic Delaunay curves by using their isothermic self-duality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-378
Number of pages34
JournalPacific Journal of Mathematics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)


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