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THE ISOPERIMETRIC PROBLEM ON EUCLIDEAN, SPHERICAL, AND HYPERBOLIC SURFACES

  • Simonson, Matthew D.
  • Received : 2010.08.19
  • Published : 2011.11.01

Abstract

We solve the isoperimetric problem, the least-perimeter way to enclose a given area, on various Euclidean, spherical, and hyperbolic surfaces, sometimes with cusps or free boundary. On hyperbolic genus-two surfaces, Adams and Morgan characterized the four possible types of isoperimetric regions. We prove that all four types actually occur and that on every hyperbolic genus-two surface, one of the isoperimetric regions must be an annulus. In a planar annulus bounded by two circles, we show that the leastperimeter way to enclose a given area is an arc against the outer boundary or a pair of spokes. We generalize this result to spherical and hyperbolic surfaces bounded by circles, horocycles, and other constant-curvature curves. In one case the solution alternates back and forth between two types, a phenomenon we have yet to see in the literature. We also examine non-orientable surfaces such as spherical M$\ddot{o}$obius bands and hyperbolic twisted chimney spaces.

Keywords

isoperimetric problem;hyperbolic surface;mobius band

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