Recent developments of biharmonic conjecture and modified biharmonic conjectures

Research paper by Bang-Yen Chen

Indexed on: 14 Jul '13Published on: 14 Jul '13Published in: Mathematics - Differential Geometry


A submanifold $M$ of a Euclidean $m$-space is said to be biharmonic if $\Delta \overrightarrow H=0$ holds identically, where $\overrightarrow H$ is the mean curvature vector field and $\Delta$ is the Laplacian on $M$. In 1991, the author conjectured that every biharmonic submanifold of a Euclidean space is minimal. The study of biharmonic submanifolds is nowadays a very active research subject. In particular, since 2000 biharmonic submanifolds have been receiving a growing attention and have become a popular subject of study with many progresses. In this article, we provide a brief survey on recent developments concerning my original conjecture and generalized biharmonic conjectures. At the end of this article, I present two modified conjectures related with biharmonic submanifolds.