Calculus of Variations and Geometric Measure Theory

N. Edelen - L. Spolaor

Regularity of minimal surfaces near quadratic cones

created by spolaor on 03 Oct 2019


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Inserted: 3 oct 2019
Last Updated: 3 oct 2019

Year: 2019


Hardt-Simon proved that every area-minimizing hypercone $\bf C$ having only an isolated singularity fits into a foliation of $\mathbb R^{n+1}$ by smooth, area-minimizing hypersurfaces asymptotic to $\bf C$. In this paper we prove that if a stationary varifold $M$ in the unit ball $B_1 \subset \mathbb R^{n+1}$ lies sufficiently close to a minimizing quadratic cone (for example, the Simons' cone ${\bf C}^{3,3}$), then $spt M \cap B_{1/2}$ is a $C^{1,\alpha}$ perturbation of either the cone itself, or some leaf of its associated foliation. In particular, we show that singularities modeled on these cones determine the local structure not only of $M$, but of any nearby minimal surface. Our result also implies the Bernstein-type result of Simon-Solomon, which characterizes area-minimizing hypersurfaces asymptotic to a quadratic cone as either the cone itself, or some leaf of the foliation.