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The second rational homology group of the moduli space of curves with level structures
(2012)Let Γ be a finiteindex subgroup of the mapping class group of a closed genus g surface that contains the Torelli group. For instance, Γ can be the level L subgroup or the spin mapping class group. We show that H2(Γ;Q) ∼= Q ... 
The Picard group of the moduli space of curves with level structures
(2012)For 4  L and g large, we calculate the integral Picard groups of the moduli spaces of curves and principally polarized abelian varieties with level L structures. In particular, we determine the divisibility properties of ... 
Opening gaps in the spectrum of strictly ergodic Schrodinger operators
(2012)We consider Schrodinger operators with dynamically defined potentials arising from continuous sampling along orbits of strictly ergodic transformations. The Gap Labeling Theorem states that the possible gaps in the spectrum ... 
The Density of States Measure of the Weakly Coupled Fibonacci Hamiltonian
(2012)We consider the density of states measure of the Fibonacci Hamiltonian and show that, for small values of the coupling constant V , this measure is exactdimensional and the almost everywhere value dV of the local ... 
A Birman exact sequence for Aut(Fn)
(2012)The Birman exact sequence describes the effect on the mapping class group of a surface with boundary of gluing discs to the boundary components. We construct an analogous exact sequence for the automorphism group of a free ... 
The WeilPeterson Hessian of Length on Teichmuller Space
(2012)We present a brief but nearly selfcontained proof of a formula for the WeilPetersson Hessian of the geodesic length of a closed curve (either simple or not simple) on a hyperbolic surface. The formula is the sum of the ... 
Small generating sets for the Torelli group
(2012)Proving a conjecture of Dennis Johnson, we show that the Torelli subgroup Ig of the genus g mapping class group has a finite generating set whose size grows cubically with respect to g. Our main tool is a new space called ... 
Ergodic properties of compositions of interval exchange maps and rotations
(2012)We study the ergodic properties of compositions of interval exchange transformations (IETs) and rotations. We show that for any IET T, there is a full measure set of α ∈ [0, 1) so that T Rα is uniquely ergodic, where Rα is ... 
Handle Addition for DoublyPeriodic Scherk Surfaces
(2012)We prove the existence of a family of embedded doubly periodic minimal surfaces of (quotient) genus g with orthogonal ends that generalizes the classical doubly periodic surface of Scherk and the genusone Scherk surface ...