The Neilson-Thurston Classification of Mapping Classes

Alan McLeay

Friday 11th March, 2016 16:00-17:00 Maths 326


The mapping class group of a closed orientable surface, S, has as its group elements orientation preserving homeomorphisms of S up to homotopy. This talk will outline the three types of elements in the mapping class group of a surface with genus at least 2; periodic, reducible and pseudo-Anosov.

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