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Bounds on least dilatations

Author: R. C. Penner
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 113 (1991), 443-450
MSC: Primary 57N05; Secondary 32G15, 57M20, 58F18
MathSciNet review: 1068128
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Abstract: We consider the collection of all pseudo-Anosov homeomorphisms on a surface of fixed topological type. To each such homeomorphism is associated a real-valued invariant, called its dilatation (which is greater than one), and we define the spectrum of the surface to be the collection of logarithms of dilatations of pseudo-Anosov maps supported on the surface. The spectrum is a natural object of study from the topological, geometric, and dynamical points of view. We are concerned in this paper with the least element of the spectrum, and explicit upper and lower bounds on this least element are derived in terms of the topological type of the surface; train tracks are the main tool used in establishing our estimates.

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