Journal of Modern Dynamics (JMD)

Explicit Jenkins-Strebel representatives of all strata of Abelian and quadratic differentials

Pages: 139 - 185, Issue 1, January 2008      doi:10.3934/jmd.2008.2.139

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Anton Zorich - IRMAR, Université Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes cedex, France (email)

Abstract: Moduli spaces of Abelian and quadratic differentials are stratified by multiplicities of zeroes; connected components of the strata correspond to ergodic components of the Teichmüller geodesic flow. It is known that the strata are not necessarily connected; the connected components were recently classified by M. Kontsevich and the author and by E. Lanneau. The strata can be also viewed as families of flat metrics with conical singularities and with $\mathbb Z$/$2 \mathbb Z$-holonomy.
    For every connected component of each stratum of Abelian and quadratic differentials we construct an explicit representative which is a Jenkins–Strebel differential with a single cylinder. By an elementary variation of this construction we represent almost every Abelian (quadratic) differential in the corresponding connected component of the stratum as a polygon with identified pairs of edges, where combinatorics of identifications is explicitly described.
    Specifically, the combinatorics is expressed in terms of a generalized permutation. For any component of any stratum of Abelian and quadratic differentials we construct a generalized permutation in the corresponding extended Rauzy class.

Keywords:  Teichmüller geodesic flow, moduli space of quadratic differentials, Jenkins-Strebel differential, spin structure, interval-exchange transformation, Rauzy class.
Mathematics Subject Classification:  32G15, 30F30, 30F60, 37E05, 37E35, 37G99.

Received: October 2007;      Revised: November 2007;      Available Online: November 2007.