*Submitted Paper*

**Inserted:** 12 jan 2021

**Last Updated:** 12 jan 2021

**Year:** 2021

**Links:**
arXiv, PDF

**Abstract:**

If $\psi:M^n\to \mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ is a smooth immersed closed hypersurface, we consider the functional $\mathcal{F}_m(\psi) = \int_M 1 + \lvert \nabla^m \nu \rvert^2 \, d\mu$, where $\nu$ is a local unit normal vector along $\psi$, $\nabla$ is the Levi-Civita connection of the Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$, with $g$ the pull-back metric induced by the immersion and $\mu$ the associated volume measure. We prove that if $m>\lfloor n/2 \rfloor$ then the unique globally defined smooth solution to the $L^2$-gradient flow of $\mathcal{F}_m$, for every initial hypersurface, smoothly converges asymptotically to a critical point of $\mathcal{F}_m$, up to diffeomorphisms. The proof is based on the application of a Lojasiewicz-Simon gradient inequality for the functional $\mathcal{F}_m$.