Geometry & Topology, Vol. 4 (2000)
Paper no. 3, pages 117--148.
Kleinian groups and the complex of curves
Yair N Minsky
We examine the internal geometry of a Kleinian surface group and its
relations to the asymptotic geometry of its ends, using the
combinatorial structure of the complex of curves on the surface. Our
main results give necessary conditions for the Kleinian group to have
`bounded geometry' (lower bounds on injectivity radius) in terms of a
sequence of coefficients (subsurface projections) computed using the
ending invariants of the group and the complex of curves.
results are directly analogous to those obtained in the case of
punctured-torus surface groups. In that setting the ending invariants
are points in the closed unit disk and the coefficients are closely
related to classical continued-fraction coefficients. The estimates
obtained play an essential role in the solution of Thurston's ending
lamination conjecture in that case.
Kleinian group, ending lamination, complex of curves, pleated surface, bounded geometry, injectivity radius
AMS subject classification.
Submitted to GT on 16 July 1999.
(Revised 9 November 1999.)
Paper accepted 20 February 2000.
Paper published 29 February 2000.
Notes on file formats
Yair N Minsky
Department of Mathematics, SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA
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