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Handbook of Teichmüller Theory, Volume V
IRMA Lectures in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Vol. 26

Handbook of Teichmüller Theory, Volume V

Athanase Papadopoulos (Université de Strasbourg, France)

ISBN print 978-3-03719-160-6, ISBN online 978-3-03719-660-1
DOI 10.4171/160
January 2016, 596 pages, hardcover, 17 x 24 cm.
88.00 Euro

This volume is the fifth in a series dedicated to Teichmüller theory in a broad sense, including the study of various deformation spaces and of mapping class group actions. It is divided into four parts:

Part A: The metric and the analytic theory

Part B: The group theory

Part C: Representation theory and generalized structures

Part D: Sources

The topics that are covered include identities for the hyperbolic geodesic length spectrum, Thurston's metric, the cohomology of moduli space and mapping class groups, the Johnson homomorphisms, Higgs bundles, dynamics on character varieties, and there are many others.

Besides surveying important parts of the theory, several chapters contain conjectures and open problems. The last part contains two fundamental papers by Teichmüller, translated into English and accompanied by mathematical commentaries.

The chapters, like those of the other volumes in this collection, are written by experts who have a broad view on the subject. They have an expository character (which fits with the original purpose of this handbook), but some of them also contain original and new material.

The Handbook is addressed to researchers and to graduate students.