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Existence and non existence of capillary surfaces

  • Robert Finn


A general criterion for existence of solutions of the capillary equation, introduced by Concus and Finn [1] and by Giusti [7], is shown to be equivalent to the question of existence of certain vector fields. The result is applied to particular boundary configurations, and it is shown that in some cases the local “corner condition” of [1] is both necessary and sufficient in the global configuration. In other situations a different kind of unstable dependence on the boundary geometry appears, that could not have been predicted by previous results.


Vector Field Number Theory Algebraic Geometry Topological Group General Criterion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Finn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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