Minimal surfaces, spectral geometry and homogenisation

11 October 2021
Jean Lagacé

Free boundary minimal surfaces are a notoriously elusive object in geometric analysis. From 2011, Fraser and Schoen's research program found a relationship between free boundary minimal surfaces in unit balls and metrics which maximise the first nontrivial Steklov eigenvalue. In this talk, I will explain how we can adapt homogenisation theory, a branch of applied mathematics, to a geometric setting in order to obtain surfaces with first Steklov eigenvalue as large as possible, and how it leads to the existence of free boundary minimal surfaces which were previously thought not to exist.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar