Journal of the American Mathematical Society

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The geometry of the disk complex

Authors: Howard Masur and Saul Schleimer
Journal: J. Amer. Math. Soc. 26 (2013), 1-62
MSC (2010): Primary 57M50
Published electronically: August 22, 2012
MathSciNet review: 2983005
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Abstract: We give a distance estimate for the disk complex. We use the distance estimate to prove that the disk complex is Gromov hyperbolic. As another application of our techniques, we find an algorithm which computes the Hempel distance of a Heegaard splitting, up to an error depending only on the genus.

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Howard Masur
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 60637

Saul Schleimer
Affiliation: Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL, United Kingdom

Received by editor(s): November 23, 2010
Received by editor(s) in revised form: April 6, 2012
Published electronically: August 22, 2012
Additional Notes: This work is in the public domain.