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A global invariant of conformal mappings in space

Author: James H. White
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 38 (1973), 162-164
MSC: Primary 53C45
MathSciNet review: 0324603
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Abstract: This paper shows that the total integral of the square of the mean curvature for a compact orientable surface in $ {E^3}$ is an invariant of a conformal space mapping. This result is then used to answer a problem raised by T. Willmore and B.-Y. Chen concerning embeddings of compact orientable surfaces, and in particular tori, for which this integral is a minimum.

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Keywords: Conformal mappings in space, inversion, mean curvature, global invariant, anchor ring, torus
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