The Bernstein Center Freiburg
Informal Seminar 

André Ludwig
Mathematical Institute University of Freiburg Variational problems with soap films,
free boundaries and eggshells Soap films tend to minimize their twodimensional area with respect to constraints of the specific situation. For bubbles the enclosed volume is the constraint. Wireconstructions lead to fixed boundary conditions and produce soap films similar to the famous roof of the Munich Olympic Stadium. In mathematics soap films are considered as minimal surfaces or more generally as surfaces of consant mean curvature, if a volume constraint is imposed. We give a basic introduction to the mathematical theory ending up with a recent result for a problem with volume constraint and free boundary in an eggshaped support. 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 10:00 h 
BCF Library First Floor Hansastr. 9a 
Host: Stefan Rotter 

The talk is open to the public. Guests are cordially invited!
www.bcf.unifreiburg.de 
