Date of Degree

6-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Mathematics

Advisor

Jozef Dodziuk

Subject Categories

Mathematics

Keywords

Dirichlet Problem, Martin Boundary, Negative curvature

Abstract

Elton P. Hsu used probabilistic method to show that the asymptotic Dirichlet problem is uniquely solvable if the curvature satisfies the condition $-C e^{(2-\eta)r(x)} \leq K_M(x)\leq -1$ with $\eta>0$. We give an analytical proof of the same statement. In addition, using this new approach we are able to establish two boundary Harnack inequalities under the curvature condition $-C e^{(2/3-\eta)r(x)} \leq K_M(x)\leq -1$ with $\eta>0$. This implies that there is a natural homeomorphism between the Martin boundary and the geometric boundary of $M$. As far as we know, this is the first result of this kind under unbounded curvature conditions. Our proofs are modifications of arguments due to M. T. Anderson and R. Schoen.

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Mathematics Commons

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