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Gluing Constructions for Constant Mean Curvature Hypersurfaces


Speaker: Christine Breiner, Fordham University
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Tue, Feb 9 2016, 1:10PM

Constant mean curvature (CMC) surfaces are critical points for the area functional, subject to an enclosed volume constraint. Classical examples include spheres and cylinders. Until the late 1980's the only other known examples were the Wente torus and the rotationally symmetric surfaces of Delaunay. In 1990, Kapouleas developed a gluing construction that produced infinitely many new examples of CMC surfaces. In this talk, we will discuss an extension of these ideas that produces infinitely many CMC hypersurfaces of finite topology and without any presumed symmetries. This work is joint with Kapouleas.