Small filling sets of curves on a surface

Small filling sets of curves on a surface

Consider a set of simple closed curves on a surface of genus g which fill the surface and which pairwise intersect at most once. We show that the asymptotic growth rate of the smallest number in such a set is 2\sqrt{g} as g goes to infinity. More generally, we give a precise asymptotic for filling sets of curves which pairwise intersect at most K times, where K is greater than equal to 1. We then bound from below the cardinality of a filling set of systoles by g/log(g). The topological condition that a set of curves pairwise intersect at most once is thus quite far from the geometric condition that a set of curves can arise as systoles.

systoles, filling sets of curves

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Anderson, James W.

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Parlier, Hugo

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Pettet, Alexandra

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January 2011

Anderson, James W.

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Parlier, Hugo

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Pettet, Alexandra

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Anderson, James W., Parlier, Hugo and Pettet, Alexandra
(2011)
Small filling sets of curves on a surface.
*Topology and its Applications*, 158 (1), .
(doi:10.1016/j.topol.2010.10.007).

## Abstract

Consider a set of simple closed curves on a surface of genus g which fill the surface and which pairwise intersect at most once. We show that the asymptotic growth rate of the smallest number in such a set is 2\sqrt{g} as g goes to infinity. More generally, we give a precise asymptotic for filling sets of curves which pairwise intersect at most K times, where K is greater than equal to 1. We then bound from below the cardinality of a filling set of systoles by g/log(g). The topological condition that a set of curves pairwise intersect at most once is thus quite far from the geometric condition that a set of curves can arise as systoles.

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Submitted date: 10 September 2009

Published date: January 2011

Keywords:
systoles, filling sets of curves

Organisations:
Pure Mathematics

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Local EPrints ID: 68643

URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/68643

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Date deposited: 14 Sep 2009

Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:46

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Hugo Parlier

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Alexandra Pettet

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