### Counting geodesics of given commutator length

Ergodic Theory and Dynamical Systems Seminar

23rd November 2023, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fry Building, G07

It’s a classical result by Huber that the number of closed geodesics of length bounded by L on a closed hyperbolic surface S is asymptotic to exp(L)/L as L grows. This result has been generalized in many directions, for example by counting certain subsets of closed geodesics. One such result is the asymptotic growth of those that are homologically trivial, proved independently by both by Phillips-Sarnak and Katsura-Sunanda. A homologically trivial curve can be written as a product of commutators, and in this talk we will look those that can be written as a product of g commutators (in a sense, those that bound a genus g subsurface) and obtain their asymptotic growth. As a special case, our methods give a geometric proof of Huber’s classical theorem. This is joint work with Juan Souto.

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