Geometric and Functional Analysis

, 19:1195

Heegaard Splittings and Pseudo-Anosov Maps


DOI: 10.1007/s00039-009-0025-3

Cite this article as:
Namazi, H. & Souto, J. Geom. Funct. Anal. (2009) 19: 1195. doi:10.1007/s00039-009-0025-3


Given two 3-dimensional handlebodies whose boundaries are identified with a surface S of genus g > 1 and with different orientations, we consider the sequence of manifolds Mn obtained by gluing the handlebodies via the iteration fn of a “generic” pseudo-Anosov homeomorphism f of S. Using the deformation theory of hyperbolic structures on open hyperbolic 3-manifolds and for n sufficiently large, we construct a negatively curved metric on Mn where the sectional curvatures are pinched in a given small interval centered at –1. The construction is concrete enough to allow us describe the geometric limits of these manifolds as n tends to infinity and the metrics get closer to being hyperbolic. Such a description allows us to prove various topological and group theoretical properties of Mn, for n sufficiently large, which would not be available knowing the mere existence of a negatively curved or even hyperbolic metric on Mn.

Keywords and phrases

Heegaard splittinggeometrizationhyperbolic 3-manifoldsrank conjecture

2000 Mathematics Subject Classification


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA