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Fine structure of the space of
spherical minimal immersions

Authors: Hillel Gauchman and Gabor Toth
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 348 (1996), 2441-2463
MSC (1991): Primary 53C42
MathSciNet review: 1348151
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Abstract: The space of congruence classes of full spherical minimal immersions $f:S^m\to S^n$ of a given source dimension $m$ and algebraic degree $p$ is a compact convex body $\mathcal {M}_m^p$ in a representation space $\mathcal {F}_m^p$ of the special orthogonal group $SO(m+1)$. In Ann. of Math. 93 (1971), 43--62 DoCarmo and Wallach gave a lower bound for $\mathcal {F}_m^p$ and conjectured that the estimate was sharp. Toth resolved this ``exact dimension conjecture'' positively so that all irreducible components of $\mathcal {F}_m^p$ became known. The purpose of the present paper is to characterize each irreducible component $V$ of $\mathcal {F}_m^p$ in terms of the spherical minimal immersions represented by the slice $V\cap \mathcal {M}_m^p$. Using this geometric insight, the recent examples of DeTurck and Ziller are located within $\mathcal {M}_m^p$.

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Hillel Gauchman
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois 61920

Gabor Toth
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Rutgers University, Camden, New Jersey 08102

Received by editor(s): March 20, 1995
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