We prove: a properly embedded, genus-one, minimal surface that is asymptotic to a helicoid and that contains two straight lines must intersect that helicoid precisely in those two lines. In particular, the two lines divide the surface into two connected components that lie on either side of the helicoid. We prove an analogous result for periodic helicoid-like surfaces. We also give a simple condition guaranteeing that an immersed minimal surface with finite genus and bounded curvature is asymptotic to a helicoid at infinity.
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David Hoffman, Brian White, The geometry of genus-one helicoids. Comment. Math. Helv. 84 (2009), no. 3, pp. 547–569DOI 10.4171/CMH/172