Minimal Surface

Minimal surfaces are defined as surfaces with zero mean curvature. Minimal surfaces may also be characterized as surfaces of minimal surface area for given boundary conditions.

Minimal Surface

A plane is a trivial minimal surface, and the first nontrivial examples (the catenoid and helicoid) were found by Meusnier in 1776.

Minimal SurfaceA surface can be parameterized using an isothermal parameterization. The term “minimal surface” is used because these surfaces originally arose as surfaces that minimized total surface area subject to some constraint.

Minimal Surface

Physical models of area-minimizing minimal surfaces can be made by dipping a wire frame into a soap solution, forming a soap film, which is a minimal surface whose boundary is the wire frame.

Minimal Surface

However, the term is used for more general surfaces that may self-intersect or do not have constraints.

Minimal Surface

For a given constraint there may also exist several minimal surfaces with different areas (for example, see minimal surface of revolution): the standard definitions only relate to a local optimum, not a global optimum.

Minimal SurfaceMinimal surfaces can be defined in several equivalent ways in R3. The fact that they are equivalent serves to demonstrate how minimal surface theory lies at the crossroads of several mathematical disciplines, especially differential geometry, calculus of variations, potential theory, complex analysis and mathematical physics.

Minimal Surface

Gyroids are a type of minimal surface that have cropped up in the design of microparticles for drug delivery.

Minimal SurfaceFor some two-dimensional shapes, it is easy to find geodesics that close up into a finite loop. Take, for example, a doughnut surface — not even necessarily a nicely rounded, symmetric doughnut, but one with bumps and irregularities.

Minimal Surface

Dip a curved wire frame into a soap solution, or blow a soap bubble, and the liquid quickly forms the surface with the least possible area.

The geometry of these “minimal” surfaces has occupied mathematicians for hundreds of years, and it arises in subjects from architecture, where it inspires the design of roofs and other structures, to the creation of microparticles for drug delivery.

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