Length Spectral Rigidity of Non-Positively Curved Surfaces
Frazier, Jeffrey Russell
Goldman, William M.
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Length spectral rigidity is the question of under what circumstances the geometry of a surface can be determined, up to isotopy, by knowing only the lengths of its closed geodesics. It is known that this can be done for negatively curved Riemannian surfaces, as well as for negatively curved cone surfaces. Steps are taken toward showing that this holds also for flat cone surfaces, and it is shown that the lengths of closed geodesics are also enough to determine which of these three categories a geometric surface falls into. Techniques of Gromov, Bonahon, and Otal are explained and adapted, such as topological conjugacy, geodesic currents, Liouville measures, and the average angle between two geometric surfaces.