# Translation surface

A surface formed by parallel displacement of a curve $L_1$ in such a way that some point $M_0\in L_1$ on it slides along another curve $L_2$. If $r_1(u)$ and $r_2(v)$ are the position vectors of $L_1$ and $L_2$, respectively, then the position vector of the translation surface is

$$r=r_1(u)+r_2(v)-r_1(u_0),$$

where $r_1(u_0)=r_2(v_0)$ is the position vector of $M_0$. The lines $u=\text{const}$ and $v=\text{const}$ form a transport net. Each ruled surface has $\infty^1$ transport nets (Reidemeister's theorem), while an enveloping translation surface can be only a cylinder or a plane. If a surface has two transport nets, then the non-singular points of the tangents of the lines in these nets lie on an algebraic curve of order four. An invariant feature of a translation surface is the existence of a conjugate Chebyshev net (a transport net). For example, an isotropic net on a minimal surface is a transport net, thus that surface is a translation surface. One may also characterize a translation surface by the fact that one of its curves (transport lines) passes into a line lying on the same surface as a result of the action of a one-parameter group of parallel displacements. Replacing this group by an arbitrary one-parameter group $G$ leads to generalized translation surfaces [1].

#### References

[1] | V.I. Shulikovskii, "Classical differential geometry in a tensor setting" , Moscow (1963) (In Russian) |

[a1] | G. Darboux, "Leçons sur la théorie générale des surfaces et ses applications géométriques du calcul infinitésimal" , 1–4 , Chelsea, reprint (1972) pp. Sects. 81–84; 218 |

[a2] | W. Blaschke, "Vorlesungen über Differentialgeometrie und geometrische Grundlagen von Einsteins Relativitätstheorie. Affine Differentialgeometrie" , 2 , Springer (1923) |

[a3] | W. Blaschke, "Vorlesungen über Differentialgeometrie und geometrische Grundlagen von Einsteins Relativitätstheorie. Affine Differentialgeometrie" , 3 , Springer (1930) |

[a4] | D.J. Struik, "Lectures on classical differential geometry" , Dover, reprint (1988) pp. 103; 109; 184 |

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