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Embedded minimal disks: Proper versus nonproper—global versus local

Authors: Tobias H. Colding and William P. Minicozzi II
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 356 (2004), 283-289
MSC (2000): Primary 53A10, 49Q05
Published electronically: August 25, 2003
MathSciNet review: 2020033
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Abstract: We construct a sequence of compact embedded minimal disks in a ball in $\mathbf {R}^3$ with boundaries in the boundary of the ball and where the curvatures blow up only at the center. The sequence converges to a limit which is not smooth and not proper. If instead the sequence of embedded disks had boundaries in a sequence of balls with radii tending to infinity, then we have shown previously that any limit must be smooth and proper.

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Tobias H. Colding
Affiliation: Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, 251 Mercer Street, New York, New York 10012 and Princeton University, Fine Hall, Washington Rd., Princeton, New Jersey 08544-1000
MR Author ID: 335440

William P. Minicozzi II
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Maryland 21218
MR Author ID: 358534

Received by editor(s): October 21, 2002
Published electronically: August 25, 2003
Additional Notes: The authors were partially supported by NSF Grants DMS 0104453 and DMS 0104187
Article copyright: © Copyright 2003 American Mathematical Society