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Geometric variational problems.

Prof. Dr. Elena Mäder-Baumdicker

Donnerstag, 2020-10-22 08:30Uhr

Many questions about things in nature can be answered by modeling them as equilibrium configurations of geometric variational problems. From a mathematical viewpoint, there are several types of interesting questions, for example, existence of critical points or minimizers, regularity of such objects, and properties of minimizers. I will give an overview of my research on geometric variational problems with the main focus on the Willmore functional which is the integral over the squared mean curvature of a surface.