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1 November 2007 The Schwarzian derivative and measured laminations on Riemann surfaces
David Dumas
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Duke Math. J. 140(2): 203-243 (1 November 2007). DOI: 10.1215/S0012-7094-07-14021-3


A holomorphic quadratic differential on a hyperbolic Riemann surface has an associated measured foliation that can be straightened to yield a measured geodesic lamination. On the other hand, a quadratic differential can be regarded as the Schwarzian derivative of a CP1-structure, to which one can naturally associate another measured geodesic lamination using grafting.

We compare these two relationships between quadratic differentials and measured geodesic laminations, each of which yields a homeomorphism ML(S)Q(X) for each conformal structure X on a compact surface S. We show that these maps are nearly identical, differing by a multiplicative factor of 2 and an error term of lower order than the maps themselves (which we bound explicitly).

As an application, we show that the Schwarzian derivative of a CP1-structure with Fuchsian holonomy is close to a 2π-integral Jenkins-Strebel differential. We also study two compactifications of the space of CP1-structures, one of which uses the Schwarzian derivative and another of which uses grafting coordinates. The natural map between these two compactifications is shown to extend to the boundary of each fiber over Teichmüller space, and we describe that extension


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David Dumas. "The Schwarzian derivative and measured laminations on Riemann surfaces." Duke Math. J. 140 (2) 203 - 243, 1 November 2007.


Published: 1 November 2007
First available in Project Euclid: 18 October 2007

zbMATH: 1134.30035
MathSciNet: MR2359819
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1215/S0012-7094-07-14021-3

Primary: 30F60
Secondary: 30F45 , 53C21 , 57M50

Rights: Copyright © 2007 Duke University Press


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