Complete Minimal Surface

A surface which is simultaneously complete and minimal. There have been a large number of fundamental breakthroughs in the study of such surfaces in recent years, and they remain the focus of intensive current research.

Until the Costa minimal surface was discovered in 1982, the only other known complete minimal embeddable surfaces in R^3 with no self-intersections were the plane, catenoid, and helicoid. The plane is genus 0 and the catenoid and the helicoid are genus 0 with two punctures, but the Costa minimal surface is genus 1 with three punctures (Schwalbe and Wagon 1999).

See also

Complete Surface, Costa Minimal Surface, Minimal Surface, Nirenberg's Conjecture

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Schwalbe, D. and Wagon, S. "The Costa Surface, in Show and Mathematica." Mathematica in Educ. Res. 8, 56-63, 1999.

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