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Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1950, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society is devoted to shorter research articles in all areas of pure and applied mathematics.

ISSN 1088-6826 (online) ISSN 0002-9939 (print)

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A characterization of revolution quadrics by a system of partial differential equations
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by Vladimir I. Oliker PDF
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 138 (2010), 4075-4080 Request permission


It is shown that existence of a global solution to a particular nonlinear system of second order partial differential equations on a complete connected Riemannian manifold has topological and geometric implications and that in the domain of positivity of such a solution, its reciprocal is the radial function of only one of the following rotationally symmetric hypersurfaces in ${\mathbb R}^{n+1}$: paraboloid, ellipsoid, one sheet of a two-sheeted hyperboloid, and a hyperplane.
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  • Vladimir I. Oliker
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia 30322
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  • Received by editor(s): June 6, 2008
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: February 20, 2009
  • Published electronically: June 29, 2010
  • Additional Notes: The research of the author was partially supported by National Science Foundation grant DMS-04-05622.
  • Communicated by: Matthew J. Gursky
  • © Copyright 2010 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 138 (2010), 4075-4080
  • MSC (2010): Primary 53A05, 53C40
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  • MathSciNet review: 2679628