, Volume 122, Issue 4, pp 375-389
Date: 13 Mar 2007

Harmonic maps and asymptotic Teichmüller space

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In this paper, the asymptotic boundary behavior of a Hopf differential or the Beltrami coefficient of a harmonic map is investigated and certain compact properties of harmonic maps are established. It is shown that, if f is a quasiconformal harmonic diffeomorphism between two Riemann surfaces and is homotopic to an asymptotically conformal map modulo boundary, then f is asymptotically conformal itself. In addition, we prove that the harmonic embedding map from the Bers space B Q D (X) of an arbitrary hyperbolic Riemann surface X to the Teichmüller space T (X) induces an embedding map from the asymptotic Bers space A B Q D (X), a quotient space of B Q D (X), into the asymptotic Teichmüller space AT (X).

The work was supported by a Foundation for the Author of National Excellent Doctoral Dissertation (Grant No. 200518) of PR China and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 10401036).