## Experimental Mathematics

### A family of singly periodic minimal surfaces invariant under a screw motion

#### Abstract

We construct explicitly, using the generalized Weierstrass representation, a complete embedded minimal surface $M_{k,\theta}$ invariant under a rotation of order $k+1$ and a screw motion of angle $2\theta$ about the same axis, where $k \gt 0$ is any integer and $\theta$ is any angle with $|\theta| \lt \pi/(k+1)$. The existence of such surfaces was proved in [Callahan et al. 1990], but no practical procedure for constructing them was given there.

We also show that the same problem for $\theta=\pm\pi/(k+1)$ does not have a solution enjoying reflective symmetry; the question of the existence of a solution without such symmetry is left open.

#### Article information

Source
Experiment. Math., Volume 2, Issue 3 (1993), 157-182.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 3 September 2003