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Comment: Final version, the proof of Proposition 5.1 is improved. To appear in Handbook of Teichm\"uller Theory, Vol. 4, A. Papadopoulos (ed.), EMS publishing house, Z\"urich 2013
We prove an analogue of Farb-Masur's theorem that the length-spectra metric on moduli space is "almost isometric" to a simple model $\mathcal {V}(S)$ which is induced by the cone metric over the complex of curves. As an application, we know that the Teichm\"{u}ller metric and the length-spectra metric are "almost isometric" on moduli space, while they are not even quasi-isometric on Teichm\"{u}ller space.
We highlight several analogies between the Finsler (infinitesimal) properties of Teichm\"uller's metric and Thurston's asymmetric metric on Teichm\"uller space. Thurston defined his asymmetric metric in analogy with Teichm\"ullers' metric, as a solution to an extremal problem, which consists, in the case of the asymmetric metric, of finding the best Lipschitz maps in the hoomotopy class of homeomorphisms between two hyperbolic surface. (In the Teichm\"uller metric case, one searches for the best quasiconformal map between two conformal surfaces.) It turns out also that some properties of Thurston's asymmetric metric can be used to get new insight into Teichm\"uller's metric. In this direction, in analogy with Thurston's formula for the Finsler norm of a vector for the asymmetric metric that uses the hyperbolic length function, we giv...
We study the action of the elements of the mapping class group of a surface of finite type on the Teichm\"uller space of that surface equipped with Thurston's asymmetric metric. We classify such actions as elliptic, parabolic, hyperbolic and pseudo-hyperbolic, depending on whether the translation distance of such an element is zero or positive and whether the value of this translation distance is attained or not, and we relate these four types to Thurston's classification of mapping classes. The study is parallel to the one made by Bers in the setting of Teichm\"uller space equipped with Teichm\"uller's metric, and to the one made by Daskalopoulos and Wentworth in the setting of Teichm\"uller space equipped with the Weil-Petersson metric.
Comment: The revised version will appear in Monatshefte f\"ur Mathematik
We introduce Fenchel-Nielsen coordinates on Teicm\"uller spaces of surfaces of infinite type. The definition is relative to a given pair of pants decomposition of the surface. We start by establishing conditions under which any pair of pants decomposition on a hyperbolic surface of infinite type can be turned into a geometric decomposition, that is, a decomposition into hyperbolic pairs of pants. This is expressed in terms of a condition we introduce and which we call Nielsen convexity. This condition is related to Nielsen cores of Fuchsian groups. We use this to define the Fenchel-Nielsen Teichm\"uller space associated to a geometric pair of pants decomposition. We study a metric on such a Teichm\"uller space, and we compare it to the quasiconformal Teichm\"uller space, equipped with the Teichm\"uller metric. We study conditions und...
We show that the length spectrum metric on Teichm\"uller spaces of surfaces of infinite topological type is complete. We also give related results and examples that compare the length spectrum Teichm\"uller space with quasiconformal and the Fenchel-Nielsen Teichm\"uller spaces on such surfaces
There are several Teichm\"uller spaces associated to a surface of infinite topological type, after the choice of a particular basepoint (a complex or a hyperbolic structure on the surface). These spaces include the quasiconformal Teichm\"uller space, the length spectrum Teichm\"uller space, the Fenchel-Nielsen Teichm\"uller space, and there are others. In general, these spaces are set-theoretically different. An important question is therefore to understand relations between these spaces. Each of these spaces is equipped with its own metric, and under some hypotheses, there are inclusions between these spaces. In this paper, we obtain local metric comparison results on these inclusions, namely, we show that the inclusions are locally bi-Lipschitz under certain hypotheses. To obtain these results, we use some hyperbolic geometry estim...
Given a topological orientable surface of finite or infinite type equipped with a pair of pants decomposition $\mathcal{P}$ and given a base complex structure $X$ on $S$, there is an associated deformation space of complex structures on $S$, which we call the Fenchel-Nielsen Teichm\"uller space associated to the pair $(\mathcal{P},X)$. This space carries a metric, which we call the Fenchel-Nielsen metric, defined using Fenchel-Nielsen coordinates. We studied this metric in the papers \cite{ALPSS}, \cite{various} and \cite{local}, and we compared it to the classical Teichm\"uller metric (defined using quasi-conformal mappings) and to another metric, namely, the length spectrum, defined using ratios of hyperbolic lengths of simple closed curves metric. In the present paper, we show that under a change of pair of pants decomposition, th...
Given a surface of infinite topological type, there are several Teichm\"uller spaces associated with it, depending on the basepoint and on the point of view that one uses to compare different complex structures. This paper is about the comparison between the quasiconformal Teichm\"uller space and the length-spectrum Teichm\"uller space. We work under this hypothesis that the basepoint is upper-bounded and admits short interior curves. There is a natural inclusion of the quasiconformal space in the length-spectrum space. We prove that, under the above hypothesis, the image of this inclusion is nowhere dense in the length-spectrum space. As a corollary we find an explicit description of the length-spectrum Teichm\"uller space in terms of Fenchel-Nielsen coordinates and we prove that the length-spectrum Teichm\"uller space is path-conne...
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