Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

S. Wojtowytsch

Helfrich's Energy and Constrained Minimisation

created by wojtowytsch on 28 Oct 2016
modified on 13 Sep 2018



Inserted: 28 oct 2016
Last Updated: 13 sep 2018

Year: 2016

ArXiv: 1608.02823 PDF
Links: preprint


For every $g\in\mathbb{N}_0$ and $\epsilon>0$, we construct a smooth genus $g$ surface embedded into the unit ball with area $8\pi$ and Willmore energy smaller than $8\pi + \epsilon$. From this we deduce that a minimising sequence for Willmore's energy in the class of genus $g$ surfaces embedded in the unit ball with area $8\pi$ converges to a doubly covered sphere for all $g\in\mathbb{N}_0$. We obtain the same result for certain Canham-Helfrich energies with $\chi_K\leq 0$ without genus constraint and show that Canham-Helfrich energies with $\chi_K>0$ are not bounded from below in the class of smooth surfaces with area $S$ embedded into a domain $\Omega\Subset \mathbb{R}^3$. Furthermore, we prove that the class of connected surfaces embedded in a domain $\Omega\Subset\mathbb{R}^3$ with uniformly bounded Willmore energy and area is compact under varifold convergence.