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We consider the motion by mean curvature of an -dimensional graph over a time-dependent domain in intersecting at a constant angle. In the general case, we prove local existence for the corresponding quasilinear parabolic equation with a free boundary and derive a continuation criterion based on the second fundamental form. If the initial graph is concave, we show this is preserved and that the solution exists only for finite time. This corresponds to a symmetric version of mean curvature motion of a network of hypersurfaces with triple junctions with constant contact angle at the junctions.
We study Lifshitz tails for random Schrödinger operators where the random potential is alloy-type in the sense that the single site potentials are independent, identically distributed, but they may have various function forms. We suppose the single site potentials are distributed in a finite set of functions, and we show that under suitable symmetry conditions, they have a Lifshitz tail at the bottom of the spectrum except for special cases. When the single site potential is symmetric with respect to all the axes, we give a necessary and sufficient condition for the existence of Lifshitz tails. As an application, we show that certain random displacement models have a Lifshitz singularity at the bottom of the spectrum, and also complete our previous study (2009) of continuous Anderson type models.