## Discrete surface ricci flow: Theory and applications (2007)

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Venue: | In IMA Conference on the Mathematics of Surfaces |

Citations: | 15 - 3 self |

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@INPROCEEDINGS{Jin07discretesurface,

author = {Miao Jin and Junho Kim and Xianfeng David Gu},

title = {Discrete surface ricci flow: Theory and applications},

booktitle = {In IMA Conference on the Mathematics of Surfaces},

year = {2007},

pages = {209--232}

}

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### Abstract

Abstract. Conformal geometry is in the core of pure mathematics. Conformal structure is more flexible than Riemaniann metric but more rigid than topology. Conformal geometric methods have played important roles in engineering fields. This work introduces a theoretically rigorous and practically efficient method for computing Riemannian metrics with prescribed Gaussian curvatures on discrete surfaces- discrete surface Ricci flow, whose continuous counter part has been used in the proof of Poincaré conjecture. Continuous Ricci flow conformally deforms a Riemannian metric on a smooth surface such that the Gaussian curvature evolves like a heat diffusion process. Eventually, the Gaussian curvature becomes constant and the limiting Riemannian metric is conformal to the original one. In the discrete case, surfaces are represented as piecewise linear triangle meshes. Since the Riemannian metric and the Gaussian curvature are discretized as the edge lengths and the angle deficits, the discrete Ricci flow can be defined as the deformation of edge lengths driven by the discrete curvature. The existence and uniqueness of the solution and the convergence of the flow process are theoretically proven, and numerical algorithms to compute Riemannian metrics with prescribed Gaussian curvatures using discrete Ricci flow are also designed. Discrete Ricci flow has broad applications in graphics, geometric modeling, and medical imaging, such as surface parameterization, surface matching, manifold splines, and construction of geometric structures on general surfaces.