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Diffeomorphisms of the circle and hyperbolic curvature
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The trace $Tf$ of a smooth function $f$ of a real or complex variable is defined and shown to be invariant under conjugation by Möbius transformations. We associate with a convex curve of class $C^2$ in the unit disk with the Poincaré metric a diffeomorphism of the circle and show that the trace of the diffeomorphism is twice the reciprocal of the geodesic curvature of the curve. Then applying a theorem of Ghys on Schwarzian derivatives we give a new proof of the four-vertex theorem for closed convex curves in the hyperbolic plane.
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  • David A. Singer
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7058
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  • Received by editor(s): July 26, 2000
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 23, 2001
  • Published electronically: February 21, 2001
  • © Copyright 2001 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Conform. Geom. Dyn. 5 (2001), 1-5
  • MSC (2000): Primary 53A55; Secondary 52A55
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  • MathSciNet review: 1836403