Inserted: 12 jul 2000
Last Updated: 22 dec 2001
Journal: Interfaces and Free Boundaries
We investigate the breaking and bending phenomena of a facet of a three dimensional crystal which evolves under crystalline mean curvature flow. We give necessary and sufficient conditions for a facet to be calibrable, i.e. not to break or bend under the evolution process. We also give a criterion which allow to predict exactly where a subdivision of a not calibrable facet takes place in the evolution process.
Keywords: crystal, evolution