Curves intersecting exactly once and their dual cube complexes

  • Tarik Aougab

    Brown University, Providence, USA
  • Jonah Gaster

    Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA


Let denote the closed orientable surface of genus . We construct exponentially many mapping class group orbits of collections of simple closed curves on which pairwise intersect exactly once, extending a result of the first author [1] and further answering a question of Malestein, Rivin, and Theran [10]. To distinguish such collections up to the action of the mapping class group, we analyze their dual cube complexes in the sense of Sageev [12]. In particular, we show that for any even between and , there exists such collections whose dual cube complexes have dimension , and we prove a simplifying structural theorem for any cube complex dual to a collection of curves on a surface pairwise intersecting at most once.

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Tarik Aougab, Jonah Gaster, Curves intersecting exactly once and their dual cube complexes. Groups Geom. Dyn. 11 (2017), no. 3, pp. 1061–1101

DOI 10.4171/GGD/422