Fine Level Set Structure of Flat Isometric Immersions

Peter Hornung

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A result by Pogorelov asserts that C-1 isometric immersions u of a bounded domain S subset of R-2 into R-3 whose normal takes values in a set of zero area enjoy the following regularity property: the gradient f := del u is 'developable' in the sense that the nondegenerate level sets of f consist of straight line segments intersecting the boundary of S at both endpoints. Motivated by applications in nonlinear elasticity, we study the level set structure of such f when S is an arbitrary bounded Lipschitz domain. We show that f can be approximated by uniformly bounded maps with a simplified level set structure. We also show that the domain S can be decomposed (up to a controlled remainder) into finitely many subdomains, each of which admits a global line of curvature parametrization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)943-1014
Number of pages72
JournalArchive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


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