Univalence criteria for lifts of harmonic mappings to minimal surfaces

  • M. Chuaqui
  • P. Duren
  • B. Osgood


A general criterion in terms of the Schwarzian derivative is given for global univalence of the Weierstrass-Enneper lift of a planar harmonic mapping. Results on distortion and boundary regularity are also deduced. Examples are given to show that the criterion is sharp. The analysis depends on a generalized Schwarzian defined for conformai metrics and on a Schwarzian introduced by Ahlfors for curves. Convexity plays a central role.

Math Subject Classifications

30C99 31A05 53A10 

Key Words and Phrases

Harmonic mapping Schwarzian derivative curvature minimal surface 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Católica de ChileChile
  2. 2.University of MichiganUSA
  3. 3.Stanford UniversityUSA

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