An isoperimetric comparison theorem for Schwarzschild space and other manifolds
Authors:
Hubert Bray and Frank Morgan
Journal:
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 130 (2002), 14671472
MSC (1991):
Primary 53C42, 53A10, 49Q20, 83C57
Published electronically:
December 20, 2001
MathSciNet review:
1879971
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Abstract: We give a very general isoperimetric comparison theorem which, as an important special case, gives hypotheses under which the spherically symmetric spheres of a spherically symmetric manifold are isoperimetric hypersurfaces, meaning that they minimize dimensional area among hypersurfaces enclosing the same volume. This result greatly generalizes the result of Bray (Ph.D. thesis, 1997), which proved that the spherically symmetric 2spheres of 3dimensional Schwarzschild space (which is defined to be a totally geodesic, spacelike slice of the usual dimensional Schwarzschild metric) are isoperimetric. We also note that this Schwarzschild result has applications to the Penrose inequality in general relativity, as described by Bray.
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Hubert Bray
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
Email:
bray@math.mit.edu
Frank Morgan
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267
Email:
Frank.Morgan@williams.edu
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S000299390106186X
PII:
S 00029939(01)06186X
Keywords:
Isoperimetric problem,
Penrose inequality,
Schwarzschild space
Received by editor(s):
August 18, 2000
Received by editor(s) in revised form:
November 14, 2000
Published electronically:
December 20, 2001
Communicated by:
Bennett Chow
Article copyright:
© Copyright 2001 Hubert Bray and Frank Morgan
