Min-max theory, Willmore conjecture and the energy of links

Fernando C. Marques, André Neves

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In this paper we give an overview of some aspects of the min-max theory of minimal surfaces, and discuss recent applications to conformally invariant problems in Geometry and Topology. The goal is to explain what the proofs of the Willmore conjecture for surfaces and the Freedman-He-Wang conjecture for links share in common. This is based on joint work of the authors [19] and on joint work of I. Agol and the authors [1].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)681-707
Number of pages27
JournalBulletin of the Brazilian Mathematical Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics


  • Willmore
  • conformal geometry
  • links in space
  • min-max method
  • minimal surfaces


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