Thurston boundary of Teichmüller spaces and the commensurability modular group
Authors:
Indranil Biswas, Mahan Mitra and Subhashis Nag
Journal:
Conform. Geom. Dyn. 3 (1999), 5066
MSC (1991):
Primary 32G15, 30F60, 57M10, 57M50
Published electronically:
April 12, 1999
MathSciNet review:
1684039
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Abstract: If is an unramified covering map between two compact oriented surfaces of genus at least two, then it is proved that the embedding map, corresponding to , from the Teichmüller space , for , to actually extends to an embedding between the Thurston compactification of the two Teichmüller spaces. Using this result, an inductive limit of Thurston compactified Teichmüller spaces has been constructed, where the index for the inductive limit runs over all possible finite unramified coverings of a fixed compact oriented surface of genus at least two. This inductive limit contains the inductive limit of Teichmüller spaces, constructed by I. Biswas, S. Nag and D. Sullivan, Determinant bundles, Quillen metrics and Mumford isomorphisms over the Universal Commensurability Teichmüller Space, Acta Mathematica, 176 (1996), 145169, as a subset. The universal commensurability modular group, which was constructed in the above mentioned article, has a natural action on the inductive limit of Teichmüller spaces. It is proved here that this action of the universal commensurability modular group extends continuously to the inductive limit of Thurston compactified Teichmüller spaces.
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Indranil Biswas
Affiliation:
School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Bombay 400005, India
Email:
indranil@math.tifr.res.in
Mahan Mitra
Affiliation:
School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Bombay 400005, India
Subhashis Nag
Affiliation:
School of Mathematics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Homi Bhabha Road, Bombay 400005, India
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S1088417399000363
PII:
S 10884173(99)000363
Received by editor(s):
April 27, 1998
Received by editor(s) in revised form:
January 28, 1999
Published electronically:
April 12, 1999
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