A logarithmic Gauss curvature flow and the Minkowski problem

  • Kai-Seng Chou

    Department of Mathematic, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong
  • Xu-Jia Wang

    School of Mathematical Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT0200, Australia


Let X0 be a smooth uniformly convex hypersurface and f a postive smooth function in Sn. We study the motion of convex hypersurfaces X(·,t) with initial X(·,0)=θX0 along its inner normal at a rate equal to log(K/f) where K is the Gauss curvature of X(·,t). We show that the hypersurfaces remain smooth and uniformly convex, and there exists θ∗>0 such that if θ<θ∗, they shrink to a point in finite time and, if θ>θ∗, they expand to an asymptotic sphere. Finally, when θ=θ∗, they converge to a convex hypersurface of which Gauss curvature is given explicitly by a function depending on f(x).

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Kai-Seng Chou, Xu-Jia Wang, A logarithmic Gauss curvature flow and the Minkowski problem. Ann. Inst. H. Poincaré Anal. Non Linéaire 17 (2000), no. 6, pp. 733–751

DOI 10.1016/S0294-1449(00)00053-6