Tohoku Mathematical Journal
- Tohoku Math. J. (2)
- Volume 68, Number 4 (2016), 621-638.
Wintgen ideal submanifolds of codimension two, complex curves, and Möbius geometry
Wintgen ideal submanifolds in space forms are those ones attaining the equality pointwise in the so-called DDVV inequality which relates the scalar curvature, the mean curvature and the scalar normal curvature. Using the framework of Möbius geometry, we show that in the codimension two case, the mean curvature spheres of the Wintgen ideal submanifold correspond to a 1-isotropic holomorphic curve in a complex quadric. Conversely, any 1-isotropic complex curve in this complex quadric describes a 2-parameter family of spheres whose envelope is always a Wintgen ideal submanifold of codimension two at the regular points. Via a complex stereographic projection, we show that our characterization is equivalent to Dajczer and Tojeiro's previous description of these submanifolds in terms of minimal surfaces in the Euclidean space.
Tohoku Math. J. (2), Volume 68, Number 4 (2016), 621-638.
First available in Project Euclid: 4 February 2017
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Primary: 53C42: Immersions (minimal, prescribed curvature, tight, etc.) [See also 49Q05, 49Q10, 53A10, 57R40, 57R42]
Secondary: 53A30: Conformal differential geometry 53C43: Differential geometric aspects of harmonic maps [See also 58E20]
Li, Tongzhu; Ma, Xiang; Wang, Changping; Xie, Zhenxiao. Wintgen ideal submanifolds of codimension two, complex curves, and Möbius geometry. Tohoku Math. J. (2) 68 (2016), no. 4, 621--638. doi:10.2748/tmj/1486177219. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.tmj/1486177219