Mathematics, Differential Geometry, Differential Geometry (math.DG), Analysis of PDEs (math.AP)
In this paper, we prove the existence of mean curvature flow with surgery for mean-convex surfaces with free boundary. To do so, we implement our recent new approach for constructing flows with surgery without a prior estimates in the free boundary setting. The flow either becomes extinct in finite time or for $t\to\infty$ converges smoothly in the one or two sheeted sense to a finite collection of stable connected minimal surfaces with empty or free boundary (in particular, there are no surgeries for $t$ sufficiently large). Our free boundary flow with surgery will be applied in forthcoming work with Ketover, where we will address the existence problem for $3$ free boundary minimal disks in convex balls.