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Geodesic surface

  1. Jun 6, 2008 #1
    if we have or can have geodesic curves minimizing the integral [tex] \sqrt (g_{ab}\dot x_a \dot x_b ) [/tex] is there a theory of 'minimizing surfaces or Geodesic surfaces' that minimize the Area or a surface ?,
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2008 #2

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    I don't know about the general theory, but in Euclidean space this is Plateau's problem.
    For space-time surfaces, in Minkowski space, it is similar to the simplest (non-quantized) string theory except I assume you would be maximizing the "area".
     
  4. Jun 19, 2008 #3

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