Institute for Mathematical Sciences

Preprint ims94-20

M. Lyubich & Y. Minsky
Laminations in Holomorphic Dynamics

Abstract: We suggest a way to associate to a rational map of the Riemann sphere a three dimensional object called a hyperbolic orbifold 3-lamination. The relation of this object to the map is analogous to the relation of a hyperbolic 3-manifold to a Kleinian group. In order to construct the 3-lamination we analyze the natural extension of a rational map and the complex affine structure on the canonical 2-dimensional leaf space contained in it. In this paper the construction is carried out in full for post-critically finite maps. We show that the corresponding laminations have a compact convex core. As a first application we give a three-dimensional proof of Thurston's rigidity for post-critically finite mappings, via the "lamination extension" of the proofs of the Mostow and Marden rigidity and isomorphism theorems for hyperbolic 3-manifolds. An Ahlfors-type argument for zero measure of the Julia set is applied along the way. This approach also provides a new point of view on the Lattes deformable examples.
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