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1. CJM 2013 (vol 66 pp. 783)

Izmestiev, Ivan
Infinitesimal Rigidity of Convex Polyhedra through the Second Derivative of the Hilbert-Einstein Functional
The paper is centered around a new proof of the infinitesimal rigidity of convex polyhedra. The proof is based on studying derivatives of the discrete Hilbert-Einstein functional on the space of "warped polyhedra" with a fixed metric on the boundary. The situation is in a sense dual to using derivatives of the volume in order to prove the Gauss infinitesimal rigidity of convex polyhedra. This latter kind of rigidity is related to the Minkowski theorem on the existence and uniqueness of a polyhedron with prescribed face normals and face areas. In the spherical and in the hyperbolic-de Sitter space, there is a perfect duality between the Hilbert-Einstein functional and the volume, as well as between both kinds of rigidity. We review some of the related work and discuss directions for future research.

Keywords:convex polyhedron, rigidity, Hilbert-Einstein functional, Minkowski theorem
Categories:52B99, 53C24

2. CJM 2009 (vol 62 pp. 320)

Jerrard, Robert L.
Some Rigidity Results Related to Monge—Ampère Functions
The space of Monge-Ampère functions, introduced by J. H. G. Fu, is a space of rather rough functions in which the map $u\mapsto \operatorname{Det} D^2 u$ is well defined and weakly continuous with respect to a natural notion of weak convergence. We prove a rigidity theorem for Lagrangian integral currents that allows us to extend the original definition of Monge-Ampère functions. We also prove that if a Monge-Ampère function $u$ on a bounded set $\Omega\subset\mathcal{R}^2$ satisfies the equation $\operatorname{Det} D^2 u=0$ in a particular weak sense, then the graph of $u$ is a developable surface, and moreover $u$ enjoys somewhat better regularity properties than an arbitrary Monge-Ampère function of $2$ variables.

Categories:49Q15, 53C24

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