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Does every canonical decomposition of the intersection form come from a canonical homology basis?

Take a closed surface $X$ of genus $n$. By a canonical homology basis, I will mean a set of $2n$ homologically independent simple closed curves $\{\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_n,\beta_1,\ldots,\beta_n\}$, ...
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The Schottky group and the fundamental group of a compact Riemann surface

I am quoting the following description from a paper, "...every compact Riemann surface can be obtained as the quotient $\mathbb{C}/\Gamma$ where $\Gamma$ is a Schottky group. The Schottky group of a ...
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Image of the map induced on homology by a covering

I asked this question on math.se (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/647930/image-of-the-map-on-homology-induced-by-a-covering), but it have not attracted much of attention. Let $X$ and $Y$ are ...
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Are non-isomorphic covers of riemann surfaces also generally nonisomorphic as riemann surfaces?

Suppose you've got a Riemann surface $E$, and two topological covers $X,Y\rightarrow E$. Suppose $X,Y$ are nonisomorphic topological covers of $E$, then would you expect $X,Y$ as Riemann surfaces ...
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The fundamental group of a closed surface without classification of surfaces?

The fundamental group of a closed oriented surface of genus $g$ has the well-known presentation $$ \langle x_1,\ldots, x_g,y_1,\ldots ,y_g\vert \prod_{i=1}^{g} [x_i,y_i]\rangle. $$ The proof I know ...
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330 views

A theorem by Hopf on surfaces

I am reading a paper on Riemann surfaces and faced a problem about one of the refernces the author gave in the exlaination of one of the results. Here is a summary of what I am reading: Let $X_1$ ...
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1answer
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number of ribbon structures (or punctured surfaces) on a graph

Suppose $G$ is connected undirected graph. Does the calculation of the number of topologically distinct punctured surfaces that can arise from putting a ribbon structure on $G$ exist in the ...
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Properly Discontinuous Action

When looking definition, and theorems related to Properly discontinuous action of a group $G$ on a topological space $X$, it is different in different books (Topology and Geometry-Bredon, Complex ...
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771 views

Question related to the moduli space of Riemann surfaces and a fibration

If $M_{g}$ is the moduli space of Riemann surface of genus $g$, $M^1_{g}$ is the moduli space of Riemann surface of genus $g$ with one boundary, how can we show that the natural map: $M^1_{g} ...
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1answer
591 views

Homology dimension of the mapping class group of a surface with boundary

There is a result on the dimension bound for ${M_{g,n}}/S_n$, (the moduli space for Riemann surfaces of genus $g$ with $n$ marked points) that is $H_{i}({M_{g,n}}/S_n)=0$, for $i\ge 6g-7+2n$ except ...
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756 views

Irrational Numbers and the Riemann Surface of a Multi-Valued Function

Suppose a meromorphic function $f(z)$ has two poles, with residues $1$ and $\gamma$, respectively. Then the topology of the Riemann surface of the anti-derivative of $f(z)$ depends on whether or not ...
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How can we show the spaces $M_{g}(n)$ and $M_{g, n}$ are homotopy equivalent?

How can we prove that the moduli space,$M_{g}(n)$, of genus $g$ Riemann surface with $n$ boundary components is homotopy equivalent to $M_{g,n}$, that is ,the moduli space of genus $g$ Riemann surface ...
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How to compute the (co)homology of a compact Riemann surface?

The situation is the following. A finite-index subgroup $\Gamma$ of $SL_2(\mathbb Z)$ acts on the upper-half plane $\mathcal H$. It has a fundamental domain, obtained by a union of translates of the ...