Blow-up rate of the mean curvature during the mean curvature flow and a gap theorem for self-shrinkers

Nam Q. Le, Natasa Sesum

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In this paper, we prove that the mean curvature blows up at the same rate as the second fundamental form at the first singular time T of any compact, type-I mean curvature flow. For the mean curvature flow of surfaces, we obtain similar result provided that the Gaussian density is less than two. Our proofs are based on continuous rescaling and the classification of self-shrinkers. We show that all notions of singular sets defined in [19] coincide for any type-I mean curvature flow, thus generalizing the result of Stone who established that for any mean convex type-I mean curvature flow. We also establish a gap theorem for self-shrinkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)633-659
Number of pages27
JournalCommunications in Analysis and Geometry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analysis
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Geometry and Topology
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty

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