Regularity properties of H-graphs

  • Robert Finn

    Stanford University, USA
  • J. Lu

    IBM Corporation, Mountain View, USA


It is proved that if H(u) is non-decreasing and if , then if u (x) describes a graph over a disk BR (0), with (upward oriented) mean curvature H(u), there is a bound on the gradient that depends only on R, on u (0), and on the particular function H (u). As a consequence a form of Harnack's inequality is obtained, in which no positivity hypothesis appears. The results are qualitatively best possible, in the senses a) that they are false if H is constant, and b) the dependences indicated are essential. The demonstrations are based on an existence theorem for a nonlinear boundary problem with singular data, which is of independent interest.

Cite this article

Robert Finn, J. Lu, Regularity properties of H-graphs. Comment. Math. Helv. 73 (1998), no. 3, pp. 379–399

DOI 10.1007/S000140050060