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AuthorXin, Yuanlong. author
TitleGeometry of Harmonic Maps [electronic resource] / by Yuanlong Xin
ImprintBoston, MA : Birkhรคuser Boston, 1996
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Descript X, 246 p. online resource


Harmonic maps are solutions to a natural geometrical variational probยญ lem. This notion grew out of essential notions in differential geometry, such as geodesics, minimal surfaces and harmonic functions. Harmonic maps are also closely related to holomorphic maps in several complex variables, to the theory of stochastic processes, to nonlinear field theory in theoretical physics, and to the theory of liquid crystals in materials science. During the past thirty years this subject has been developed extensively. The monograph is by no means intended to give a complete description of the theory of harmonic maps. For example, the book excludes a large part of the theory of harmonic maps from 2-dimensional domains, where the methods are quite different from those discussed here. The first chapter consists of introductory material. Several equivalent definitions of harmonic maps are described, and interesting examples are presented. Various important properties and formulas are derived. Among them are Bochner-type formula for the energy density and the second variaยญ tional formula. This chapter serves not only as a basis for the later chapters, but also as a brief introduction to the theory. Chapter 2 is devoted to the conservation law of harmonic maps. Emยญ phasis is placed on applications of conservation law to the mono tonicity formula and Liouville-type theorems


I. Introduction -- 1.1 Vector Bundles -- 1.2 Harmonic Maps -- 1.3 A Bochner Type Formula -- 1.4 Basic Properties of Harmonic Maps -- II. Conservation Law -- 2.1 Stress-Energy Tensor and Conservation Law -- 2.2 Monotonicity Formula -- 2.3 Applications of Conservation Law to Liouville type Theorems -- 2.4 Further Generalizations -- III. Harmonic Maps and Gauss Maps -- 3.1 Generalized Gauss Maps -- 3.2 Cone-like Harmonic Maps -- 3.3 Generalized Maximum Principle -- 3.4 Estimates of Image Diameter and its Applications -- 3.5 Gauss Image of a Space-Like Hypersurface in Minkowski Space -- 3.6 Gauss Image of a Space-Like Submanifold in Pseudo-Euclidean Space -- IV. Harmonic Maps and Holomorphic Maps -- 4.1 Partial Energies -- 4.2 Harmonicity of Holomorphic Maps -- 4.3 Holomorphicity of Harmonic Maps -- V. Existence, Nonexistence and Regularity -- 5.1 Direct Method of the Calculus of Variations -- 5.2 Regularity Theorems -- 5.3 Nonexistence and Existence -- 5.4 Regularity Results of Harmonic Maps into Positively Curved Manifolds -- VI. Equivariant Harmonic Maps -- 6.1 Riemannian Submersions and Equivariant Harmonic Maps -- 6.2 Reduction Theorems -- 6.3 Equivariant Variational Formulas -- 6.4 On Harmonic Representatives of ?m(Sm) -- 6.5 Harmonic Maps via Isoparametric Maps -- 6.6 Harmonic Maps of Projective Spaces -- 6.7 Equivariant Boundary Value Problems -- References

Mathematics Partial differential equations Functions of complex variables Differential geometry Probabilities Physics Continuum mechanics Mathematics Differential Geometry Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes Partial Differential Equations Several Complex Variables and Analytic Spaces Mathematical Methods in Physics Continuum Mechanics and Mechanics of Materials


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