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Non existence and existence of capillary surfaces

  • Robert Finn
  • Enrico Giusti


It is shown that a curvature condition on the boundary of a convex domain ω, shown in [4] to suffice for existence of a solution of the capillary equation in ω, does not suffice without the convexity condition; this is so even in cases for which the negative curvatures that appear may be arbitrarily small in magnitude.

The “trapezoid” example of the preceding note is also considered, and a sense is indicated in which the local criterion of [2] is sufficient for existence of a solution.


Number Theory Algebraic Geometry Topological Group Convex Domain Negative Curvature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Finn
    • 1
  • Enrico Giusti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Istituto MatematicoUniversità di PisaPisaItalien

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