Trivalent Maximal Surfaces in Minkowski Space

Wai Yeung Lam, Masashi Yasumoto

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We investigate discretizations of maximal surfaces in Minkowski space, which are surfaces with vanishing mean curvature. The corresponding discrete surfaces admit a Weierstrass-type representation in terms of discrete holomorphic quadratic differentials. There are two particular types of discrete maximal surfaces that are obtained by taking the real part and the imaginary part of the representation formula, and they are deformable to each other by a one-parameter family. We further introduce a compatible notion of vertex normals for general trivalent surfaces to characterize their singularities in Minkowski space as in the smooth theory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLorentzian Geometry and Related Topics - GeLoMa 2016
EditorsMaría A. Canadas-Pinedo, Francisco J. Palomo, Jose Luis Flores
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319662893
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Meeting on Lorentzian Geometry,GeLoMa 2016 - Malaga, Spain
Duration: Sept 20 2016Sept 23 2016

Publication series

NameSpringer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics
ISSN (Print)2194-1009
ISSN (Electronic)2194-1017


Conference8th International Meeting on Lorentzian Geometry,GeLoMa 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)


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