We study complete finite topology immersed surfaces $\Sigma$ in complete Riemannian $3$-manifolds $N$ with sectional curvature $K_N \leq -a^2 \leq 0$, such that the absolute mean curvature function of $\Sigma$ is bounded from above by a and its injectivity radius function is not bounded away from zero on each of its annular end representatives. We prove that such a surface $\Sigma$ must be proper in $N$ and its total curvature must be equal to $2 \pi \chi (\Sigma)$. If $N$ is a hyperbolic $3$-manifold of finite volume and $\Sigma$ is a properly immersed surface of finite topology with nonnegative constant mean curvature less than $1$, then we prove that each end of $\Sigma$ is asymptotic (with finite positive integer multiplicity) to a totally umbilic annulus, properly embedded in $N$.
Both authors were partially supported by CNPq-Brazil, grant no. 400966/2014-0.
This material is based upon work for the NSF under Award No. DMS-1309236. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF.
"Properly immersed surfaces in hyperbolic $3$-manifolds." J. Differential Geom. 112 (2) 233 - 261, June 2019. https://doi.org/10.4310/jdg/1559786424