Thermodynamic Formalism and Its Applications to Deformation Spaces

Doctoral Dissertation


In this dissertation, we discuss applications of Thermodynamic Formalism to various deformation spaces, namely, deformation spaces of metric graphs and immersed surfaces in hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

For spaces of metric graphs, we define two conformal but different pressure metrics and study Riemannian geometry induced by these two metrics. Moreover, we compare the Riemannian geometry features, such as curvature and completeness, of these two pressure metrics with the Weil-Petersson metric on Teichmüller spaces.

For immersed surfaces in hyperbolic 3-manifolds, we find relations between the critical exponent of the surface group (with respect to the ambient hyperbolic distance) and the topological entropy of the geodesics flow on the unit tangent bundle of the immersed surface (with respect to the induced Riemannian metric). These relations lead us to recover the remarkable Bowen rigidity for quasi-Fuchsian manifolds as well as give a Riemannian metric on the Fuchsian space which is bounded below by the classical Weil-Petersson metric.


Attribute NameValues
Author Lien-Yung Kao
Contributor François Ledrappier, Research Director
Degree Level Doctoral Dissertation
Degree Discipline Mathematics
Degree Name Doctor of Philosophy
Defense Date
  • 2017-05-03

Submission Date 2017-05-09
Record Visibility Open Access
Content License
  • All rights reserved


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