The mean curvature measure

  • Neil S. Trudinger

    Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  • Qiuyi Dai

    Hunan University, Changsa, China
  • Xu-Jia Wang

    Australian National University, Canberra, Australia


We assign a measure to an upper semicontinuous function which is subharmonic with respect to the mean curvature operator, so that it agrees with the mean curvature of its graph when the function is smooth. We prove that the measure is weakly continuous with respect to almost everywhere convergence. We also establish a sharp Harnack inequality for the minimal surface equation, which is crucial for our proof of the weak continuity. As an application we prove the existence of weak solutions to the corresponding Dirichlet problem when the inhomogeneous term is a measure.

Cite this article

Neil S. Trudinger, Qiuyi Dai, Xu-Jia Wang, The mean curvature measure. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 14 (2012), no. 3, pp. 779–800

DOI 10.4171/JEMS/318