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Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1900, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society is devoted to longer research articles in all areas of pure and applied mathematics.

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The classification of singly periodic minimal surfaces with genus zero and Scherk-type ends
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Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 359 (2007), 965-990 Request permission


Given an integer $k\geq 2$, let ${\mathcal S}(k)$ be the space of complete embedded singly periodic minimal surfaces in $\mathbb {R}^3$, which in the quotient have genus zero and $2k$ Scherk-type ends. Surfaces in ${\mathcal S}(k)$ can be proven to be proper, a condition under which the asymptotic geometry of the surfaces is well known. It is also known that ${\mathcal S}(2)$ consists of the $1$-parameter family of singly periodic Scherk minimal surfaces. We prove that for each $k\geq 3$, there exists a natural one-to-one correspondence between ${\mathcal S}(k)$ and the space of convex unitary nonspecial polygons through the map which assigns to each $M\in {\mathcal S}(k)$ the polygon whose edges are the flux vectors at the ends of $M$ (a special polygon is a parallelogram with two sides of length $1$ and two sides of length $k-1$). As consequence, ${\mathcal S}(k)$ reduces to the saddle towers constructed by Karcher.
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  • Joaquín Pérez
  • Affiliation: Departamento de Geometría y Topología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, 18071, Granada, Spain
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  • Martin Traizet
  • Affiliation: Faculte des Sciences et Techniques, Universite François Rabelais, Parc de Grandmont, 37200, Tours, France
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  • Received by editor(s): September 29, 2004
  • Published electronically: October 16, 2006
  • Additional Notes: The research of the first author was partially supported by a MEC/FEDER grant no. MTM2004-02746.
  • © Copyright 2006 American Mathematical Society
    The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.
  • Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 359 (2007), 965-990
  • MSC (2000): Primary 53A10; Secondary 49Q05, 53C42
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  • MathSciNet review: 2262839