Séminaire Analyse Harmonique
Shear coordinates of Weil-Petersson circle homeomorphisms
April 2024
Intervenant : Yilin Wang
Institution : IHES
Heure : 14h00 - 15h00
Lieu : salle 2L8

The shear coordinate is a countable coordinate system to describe increasing self-maps of the unit circle, which is invariant under modular transformations. Characterizations of circle homeomorphisms and quasisymmetric homeomorphisms were obtained by D.Šarić. We are interested in characterizing Weil-Petersson circle homeomorphisms using shears. This class of homeomorphisms arises from the Kähler geometry on the universal Teichmüller space.

For this, we introduce diamond shears which are minimal combinations of shears producing WP homeomorphisms. Diamond shears are closely related to the log-Lambda length introduced by R. Penner, which can be viewed as a renormalized length of an infinite geodesic. We obtain sharp results comparing the class of circle homeomorphisms with square summable diamond shears with the Weil-Petersson class and Hölder classes. We also express the Weil-Petersson metric tensor and symplectic form in terms of infinitesimal shears and diamond shears.

This talk is based on joint work with Dragomir Šarić and Catherine Wolfram. See https://arxiv.org/abs/2211.11497.

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