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22/2022

Shrinking rates of horizontal gaps for generic translation surfaces

Jon Chaika and Samantha Fairchild

Abstract

A translation surface is given by polygons in the plane, with sides identified by translations to create a closed Riemann surface with a flat structure away from finitely many singular points. Understanding geodesic flow on a surface involves understanding saddle connections. Saddle connections are the geodesics starting and ending at these singular points and are associated to a discrete subset of the plane. To measure the behavior of saddle connections of length at most $R$, we obtain precise decay rates as $R\to\infty$ for the difference in angle between two almost horizontal saddle connections.

Received:
Jul 14, 2022
Published:
Jul 14, 2022

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Jon Chaika and Samantha Fairchild

Shrinking rates of horizontal gaps for generic translation surfaces