## The Curve Shortening Problem

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Differential Geom. Zentralblatt MATH identifier Abresch, U. The normalized curve shortening flow and homothetic solutions. More by U.

More by J. L and A are the length of and the area of the lamina it encloses. Revision received May 27, GAGE 3. Isoperimetric inequality. LEMMA 1.

## Mathematics > Differential Geometry

L x 2 ds Inequality B now follows directly from inequality A. A convex, closed curve which is symmetric through the origin satisfies inequality A. The symmetry of the curve dictates that the breadth of the curve in the direction determined by a normal N s is twice the support function p s. The desired result comes from integrating this inequality with respect to s and using the fact that p ds 2A.

For an ; closed, convex C curve it is possible to choose an origin so that inequality A holds. If the curve is piecewise C then inequality B holds Y s such that the line from X s to Y s bisects the convex lamina bounded by 7. Choose the origin to be the midpoint of the line from X S1 to Y s1 and let the x axis lie along this chord.

## The Curve Shortening Problem

To complete the proof we denote by "YI and ,2the portions of the boundary curve lying above and below the x axis. The enclosed area A is the same as for the original curve because the x axis bisects the original lamina. Inequality B follows from lemma 1. Jacobowitz has observed that the bone shaped nonconvex curve in Figure shows that inequality 13 does not hold for all simple closed curves.

When e is small enough inequality B fails and an attempt to shorten such a curve by the process discussed in the next section leads to an initial increase in the isoperimetric ratio. GAGE 4. Curve shortening. If a closed curve evolves with time according to the evolution equation X gN then the derivative of the isoperimetric ratio is given by L2 x2ds- rr- The subscript indicates differentiation with respect to t.

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Deforming a curve along the gradient of its length functional leads to the evolution equation above.