International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 2005 (2005), Issue 24, Pages 3925-3950

Boundary behavior of capillary surfaces possibly with extremal boundary angles

Fei-Tsen Liang

Institute of Mathematics, Division of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan

Received 7 April 2005; Revised 25 October 2005

Copyright © 2005 Fei-Tsen Liang. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


For solutions to the capillarity problem possibly with the boundary contact angle θ being 0 and/or π in a relatively open portion of the boundary which is C2, we will show that if the solution is locally bounded up to this portion of boundary, the trace of the solution on this portion is piecewise Lipschitz continuous and the solution is Hölder continuous up to the boundary, provided the prescribed mean curvature is bounded from above and from below. In the case where θ is not required to be bounded away from π/2, 0, and π, and the mean curvature H(x,t0) belongs to Lp(Ω) for some t0 and p>n, under the assumption that in a neighborhood of a relatively open portion of the boundary the solution is of rotational symmetry, the trace of the solution on this portion of the boundary is shown to be Hölder continuous with exponent 1/n if n3 and with exponent 1/3 if n=2.