Long simple curves on hyperbolic surfaces and the geometry of their complements by Aaron Calderon

Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, December 4, 2023 - 2:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Aaron Calderon
Roberta Shapiro

In her thesis, Maryam Mirzakhani counted the number of simple closed geodesics of bounded length on a (real) hyperbolic surface. This breakthrough theorem and the subsequent explosion of related results use techniques and draw inspiration from Teichmüller theory, symplectic geometry, surface topology, and homogeneous dynamics. In this talk, I’ll discuss some of these connections and a qualitative strengthening of her theorem, describing what these curves, and their complements, actually (generically) look like. This is joint work with Francisco Arana-Herrera.