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Existence of (Dirac-)harmonic Maps from Degenerating (Spin) Surfaces

Jürgen Jost and Jingyong Zhu


We study the existence of harmonic maps and Dirac-harmonic maps from degenerating surfaces to non-positive curved manifold via the scheme of Sacks and Uhlenbeck. By choosing a suitable sequence of $\alpha$-(Dirac-)harmonic maps from a sequence of suitable closed surfaces degenerating to a hyperbolic surface, we get the convergence and a cleaner energy identity under the uniformly bounded energy assumption. In this energy identity, there is no energy loss near the punctures. As an application, we obtain an existence result about (Dirac-)harmonic maps from degenerating (spin) surfaces. If the energies of the map parts also stay away from zero, which is a necessary condition, both the limiting harmonic map and Dirac-harmonic map are nontrivial.


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2021 Journal Open Access
Jürgen Jost and Jingyong Zhu

Existence of (Dirac-)harmonic maps from degenerating (spin) surfaces

In: The journal of geometric analysis, 31 (2021) 11, pp. 11165-11189