plateau problem

plateau problem

[pla′tō ¦präb·ləm]
(mathematics)
The problem of finding a minimal surface having as boundary a given curve.
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The topics include plateau problems in metric spaces and related homology and cohomology theories, relating equivariant and motivic cohomology via analytic currents, ideal theory and classification on isoparametric hypersurfaces, finite volume flows and Witten's deformation, on the existence and nonexistence of stable submanifolds and currents in positively curved manifolds and the topology of submanifolds in Euclidean spaces, and remarks on stable minimal hypersurfaces in Riemannian manifolds and generalized Bernstein problems.