Connectivity of complexes of separating curves

  • Eduard Looijenga

    Tsinghua University, Beijing, Haidan District, China


We prove that the separating curve complex of a closed orientable surface of genus gg is (g3)(g-3)-connected. We also obtain a connectivity property for a separating curve complex of the open surface that is obtained by removing a finite set from a closed one, where it is assumed that the removed set is endowed with a partition and that the separating curves respect that partition. These connectivity statements have implications for the algebraic topology of the moduli space of curves.

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Eduard Looijenga, Connectivity of complexes of separating curves. Groups Geom. Dyn. 7 (2013), no. 2, pp. 443–450

DOI 10.4171/GGD/189