## Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

6-2014

Dissertation

Ph.D.

Mathematics

Jozef Dodziuk

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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