SURFACE OF REVOLUTION WITH CONSTANT TOTAL CURVATURE

 Darboux studied in 1890 the general surfaces with constant total (or Gaussian) curvature. This study comes from [Gray] page 473; see also [Valiron] page 467.

The definition of the surface studied here is stated in its name.

First case: positive total curvature, equal to .

 Polar parametrization: . First fundamental quadratic form: . Meridian radius of curvature: , parallel radius of curvature: . Total curvature: , mean curvature: .

 View of the case 0 < k  < 1 View of the case k = 1, that gives the sphere View of the case k > 1

Remark: all the surfaces here are applicable to the sphere.

Second case: negative total curvature, equal to .

We also find 3 kinds of surfaces, but this time with three different parametrizations.

First kind: surface with a conical point:

 Polar parametrization: , 0 < k < 1. First fundamental quadratic form: . Meridian radius of curvature:, parallel radius of curvature: . Total curvature:, mean curvature: .

Second type: surface that looks like a hyperboloid:

 Polar parametrization: , for any value of k. First fundamental quadratic form: . Meridian radius of curvature: , parallel radius of curvature: . Total curvature: , mean curvature: .

The third type is that of the pseudosphere to which the previous surfaces are applicable.

REMARK 1: since the meridian radius of curvature of a surface of revolution is that of the profile of the surface, and the parallel radius of curvature is the length of the segment line MN joining the point M on the surface to the intersection point N between the normal and the axis, the profiles of the surfaces studied here are none other than the curves for which the curvature is proportional to the normal (or, which is equivalent, such that the product MI . MN is constant, I being the center of curvature).
Compare to the elastic curves.

REMARK 2: since the principal curvatures of a surface of revolution with a profile parametrized by the curvilinear abscissa:  are  and , the equation of the profiles studied here is the very classic equation: .

Compare these surfaces to the surfaces with constant mean curvature, or Delaunay surfaces.