Nonlinear Analysis, Theory, Methods and Applications
We consider (smooth) solutions of the mean curvature flow of graphs over bounded domains in a Lie group free up to step two (and not necessarily nilpotent), endowed with a one parameter family of Riemannian metrics σ ε collapsing to a subRiemannian metric σ0 as ε → 0. We establish Ckα estimates for this flow, that are uniform as ε → 0 and as a consequence prove long time existence for the subRiemannian mean curvature flow of the graph. Our proof extend to the setting of every step two Carnot group (not necessarily free) and can be adapted following our previous work in Capogna et al. (2013) to the total variation flow.
Carnot groups, Mean curvature flow, Sub-Riemannian geometry
Capogna, Luca; Citti, Giovanna; and Manfredini, Maria, "Regularity of Mean Curvature Flow of Graphs on Lie Groups Free Up to Step 2" (2015). Mathematics and Statistics: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.