We establish the existence and uniqueness of solutions to the Dirichlet problem for the cmc surface equation, including the minimal one, for zero boundary data, in certain domains of the plane. We obtain results that characterize the sphere and cmc graphs among compact embedded cmc surfaces with planar boundary satisfying certain geometric conditions. We also find conditions that imply that a compact embedded cmc surface which is a graph near the boundary is indeed a global graph.
Pacific journal of mathematics. Berkeley. Vol. 198, no. 1 (2001), p. 175-196.