Sharp growth rate for generalized solutions evolving by mean curvature plus a forcing term
Robert Gulliver and Yonghoi Koo
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Submission date: 09. Nov. 1999
published in: Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik, 538 (2001), p. 1-24
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When a hypersurface evolves with normal velocity equal to its mean curvature plus a forcing term g(x,t), the generalized (viscosity) solution may be "fattened" at some moment when is singular. This phenomenon corresponds to nonuniqueness of codimension-one solutions. A specific type of geometric singularity occurs if includes two smooth pieces, at the moment t = 0 when the two pieces touch each other. If each piece is strictly convex at that moment and at that point, then we show that fattening occurs at the rate That is, for small positive time, the generalized solution contains a ball of of radius , but its complement meets a ball of a larger radius In this sense, the sharp rate of fattening of the generalized solution is characterized. We assume that the smooth evolution of the two pieces of considered separately, do not cross each other for small positive time.