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Axially symmetric volume preserving mean curvature flow

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posted on 31.01.2017, 05:05 by Kandanaarachchi, Sevvandi Priyanvada
In this thesis we study two problems of axially symmetric volume preserving mean curvature flow. We study the singularities of the flow for the major part of the thesis. We consider an axially symmetric hypersurface contained between the two parallel planes, meeting the planes at right angles along its boundary. We study the first singularity that develop in this flow. We prove that given a certain lower height bound on the boundary of a specific region, the first singularity is of type I. As part of the methodology used in this thesis we also derive extension theorems: we prove that no singularities can develop during a finite time interval, if the mean curvature is bounded within that time interval on the entire hypersurface. Finally we include new convergence results: Assuming the surface is not pinching off along the axis at any time during the flow, and without any additional conditions, as for example on the curvature, we prove that it converges to a hemisphere, when the hypersurface has a free boundary and satisfies Neumann boundary data, and to a sphere when it is compact without boundary.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Maria Athanassenas

Additional supervisor 1

Robert Bartnik

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Mathematical Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Science