Subset currents on surfaces

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Subset currents on hyperbolic groups were introduced by Kapovich and Nagnibeda as a generalization of geodesic currents on hyperbolic groups, which were introduced by Bonahon and have been successfully studied in the case of the fundamental group π1(Σ) of a compact hyperbolic surface Σ. Kapovich and Nagnibeda particularly studied subset currents on free groups. In this article, we develop the theory of subset currents on π1(Σ), which we call subset currents on Σ. We prove that the space SC(Σ) of subset currents on Σ is a measure-theoretic completion of the set of conjugacy classes of non-trivial finitely generated subgroups of π1(Σ), each of which geometrically corresponds to a convex core of a covering space of Σ. This result was proved by Kapovich-Nagnibeda in the case of free groups, and is also a generalization of Bonahon’s result on geodesic currents on hyperbolic groups. We will also generalize several other results of them. Especially, we extend the (geometric) intersection number of two closed geodesics on Σ to the intersection number of two convex cores on Σ and, in addition, to a continuous R≥0-bilinear functional on SC(Σ).

MSC Codes 20F67, 30F35

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 16


  • And phrases. Subset current
  • Free group
  • Geodesic current
  • Hyperbolic surface
  • Intersection number
  • Surface group

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General

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