Coding of closed geodesics after Gauss and morse
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- Katok, S. Geom Dedicata (1996) 63: 123. doi:10.1007/BF00148213
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Closed geodesics associated to conjugacy classes of hyperbolic matrices in SL(2, ℤ) can be coded in two different ways. The geometric code, with respect to a given fundamental region, is obtained by a construction universal for all Fuchsian groups, while the arithmetic code, given by ‘—’ continued fractions, comes from the Gauss reduction theory and is specific for SL(2, ℤ). In this paper we give a complete description of all closed geodesics for which the two codes coincide.