Minimal Surfaces
Minimal surfaces are surfaces that minimize area.
They have the property that their
mean curvature
is zero everywhere; and are thus a subset of
CMC surfaces.
Physical processes which can be modeled by minimal surfaces include the
formation of soap films spannig fixed objects, such as wire loops.
A soap film is not distorted by air pressure (which is equal on both sides)
and is free to minimize its area.
This contrasts with a soap bubble, which encloses a fixed quantity of
air and has unequal pressures on its inside and outside.
Minimal Surface Topics
Minimal Surface Collections
Creating Minimal Surface Approximations With Mesh
Minimal Surface Web Resources
 The ^
Minimal Surface library, created using GRAPE
at the University of Bonn.
 The ^
Minimal Surfaces page at the
^Geometry Center website gives a
description of minimal surfaces in the context of their modelling
by software.
 The
^
Triply Periodic Minimal Surfaces page at the
Mathematics Department of Susquehanna University shows numerous examples of
triply periodic minimal surfaces generated using the Brakke Surface Evolver.
Evolver files are provided for all examples.

Matthias Weber's
^
Minimal Surface page
provides an illustrated introduction to minimal surfaces.
Follow the link on the bottom of this page for information on a variety
of minimal surface topics, some not covered here.
 Pascal Romon maintains a
^
Minimal Surface Database
organized into the categories people, paper search, places, and images.