Contracting convex immersed closed plane curves with slow speed of curvature
Authors:
YuChu Lin, ChiCheung Poon and DongHo Tsai
Journal:
Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 364 (2012), 57355763
MSC (2010):
Primary 53C44, 35K15, 35K55
Published electronically:
June 20, 2012
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2946930
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Abstract: The authors study the contraction of a convex immersed plane curve with speed , where is a constant, and show that, if the blowup rate of the curvature is of type one, it will converge to a homothetic selfsimilar solution. They also discuss a special symmetric case of type two blowup and show that it converges to a translational selfsimilar solution. In the case of curve shortening flow (i.e., when ), this translational selfsimilar solution is the familiar ``Grim Reaper'' (a terminology due to M. Grayson).
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YuChu Lin
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan
Email:
yclin@math.ncku.edu.tw
ChiCheung Poon
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, National Chung Cheng University, Chiayi 621, Taiwan
Email:
ccpoon@math.ccu.edu.tw
DongHo Tsai
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan
Email:
dhtsai@math.nthu.edu.tw
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S00029947201205611X
Received by editor(s):
October 12, 2010
Published electronically:
June 20, 2012
Additional Notes:
The third author’s research was supported by the NCTS and the NSC of Taiwan under grant number 962115M007010MY3.
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