Volume entropy for minimal presentations of surface groups in all ranks

Lluís Alsedà, David Juher, Jérôme Los, Francesc Mañosas

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© 2015, Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. We study the volume entropy of a class of presentations (including the classical ones) for all surface groups, called minimal geometric presentations. We rediscover a formula first obtained by Cannon and Wagreich (Math Ann 293(2), 239–257, 1992) with the computation in a non published manuscript by Cannon (The growth of the closed surface groups and the compact hyperbolic coxeter groups, 1980). The result is surprising: an explicit polynomial of degree n, the rank of the group, encodes the volume entropy of all classical presentations of surface groups. The approach we use is completely different. It is based on a dynamical system construction following an idea due to Bowen and Series (Inst Hautes Études Sci Publ Math 50, 153–170, 1979) and extended to all geometric presentations in Los (J Topol, 7(1), 120–154, 2013). The result is an explicit formula for the volume entropy of minimal presentations for all surface groups, showing a polynomial dependence in the rank n>2. We prove that for a surface group Gn of rank n with a classical presentation Pn the volume entropy is (Formula presented.), where (Formula presented.) is the unique real root larger than one of the polynomial (Formula presented.).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-322
JournalGeometriae Dedicata
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • Bowen–Series Markov maps
  • Surface groups
  • Topological entropy
  • Volume entropy


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