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Friday, March 31, 2017

4:00 pm in 241 Altgeld Hall,Friday, March 31, 2017

Exotic limit sets of geodesics in Teichmuller space

Sarah Mousley (UIUC Math)

Abstract: In 1975, Masur proved that the Teichmuller space of a surface of genus at least 2 is not Gromov hyperbolic. Since then, many have explored to what extent Teichmuller space has features of negative curvature. In a Gromov hyperbolic space, a geodesic ray converges to a unique point in the hierarchically hyperbolic space (HHS) boundary. We will present our result that a geodesic ray in Teichmuller space does not necessarily converge to a unique point in the HHS boundary of Teichmuller space. In fact, the limit set of a ray can be almost anything allowed by topology. The goal of this talk is not to prove the result, but rather to give necessary background to understand the statement. In particular, we will not assume knowledge of Teichmuller theory or HHS structures.