One of the main objectives of this paper is to unravel a new interesting phenomenon of the sub-Riemannian Bernstein problem with respect to its Euclidean ancestor, with the purpose of also indicating a possible line of attack toward its solution. We show that the global intrinsic graphs (1.2) are unstable critical points of the horizontal perimeter. As a consequence of this fact, the study of the stability acquires a central position in the problem itself.
- First and second variation formulas
- H-minimal surfaces
- Intrinsic graphs