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Mathematics  2009 

Bj?rling problem for timelike surfaces in the Lorentz-Minkowski space

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We introduce a new approach to the study of timelike minimal surfaces in the Lorentz-Minkowski space through a split-complex representation formula for this kind of surface. As applications, we solve the Bj\"orling problem for timelike surfaces and obtain interesting examples and related results. Using the Bj\"orling representation, we also obtain characterizations of minimal timelike surfaces of revolution as well as of minimal ruled timelike surfaces in the Lorentz-Minkowsi space.


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