For maps from surfaces there is a close connection between the area of the surface parametrised by the map and its Dirichlet energy and this translates also into a relation for the corresponding critical points. As such, when trying to find minimal surfaces, one route to take is to follow a suitable gradient flow of the Dirichlet energy. In this talk I will introduce such a flow which evolves both a map and a metric on the domain in a way that is designed to change the initial data into a minimal immersions and discuss some question concerning the existence of solutions and their asymptotic behaviour. This is joint work with Peter Topping.
- Partial Differential Equations Seminar