Computation of self-similar solutions for mean curvature flow

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Abstract

We describe a numerical algorithm to compute surfaces that are approximately self-similar under mean curvature flow. The method restricts computation to a two-dimensional subspace of the space of embedded manifolds that is likely to contain a self-similar solution. Using the algorithm, we recover the self-similar torus of Angenent and find several surfaces that appear to approximate previously unknown self-similar surfaces. Two of them may prove to be counterexamples to the conjecture of uniqueness of the weak solution for mean curvature flow for surfaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
JournalJournal of Experimental Mathematics
Volume3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994

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