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Monotonicity and comparison results for conformal invariants

  • Albert Baernstein II

    Washington University, St. Louis, USA
  • Alexander Yu. Solynin

    Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA
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Let a1,,aNa_1,\dots,a_N be points on the unit circle T\mathbb{T} with aj=eiθja_j=e^{i\theta_j}, where 0=θ1θ2θN=2π0=\theta_1\le\theta_2\le\dots\le \theta_N=2\pi. Let Ω=C{a1,,aN}\Omega=\overline{\mathbb{C}}\setminus\{a_1,\dots,a_N\} and let Ω\Omega^* be C\overline{\mathbb{C}} with the nn-th roots of unity removed. The maximal gap δ(Ω)\delta(\Omega) of Ω\Omega is defined by δ(Ω)=max{θj+1θj:0jN1}\delta(\Omega)=\max\{\theta_{j+1}-\theta_j:\,0\le j\le N-1\}. How should one choose a1,,aNa_1,\dots,a_N subject to the condition δ(Ω)2π/n\delta(\Omega)\le 2\pi/n so that the Poincaré metric λΩ(0)\lambda_\Omega(0) of Ω\Omega at the origin is as small as possible? In this paper we answer this question by showing that λΩ(0)\lambda_\Omega(0) is minimal when Ω=Ω\Omega=\Omega^*. Several similar problems on the extremal values of the harmonic measures and capacities are also discussed.

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Albert Baernstein II, Alexander Yu. Solynin, Monotonicity and comparison results for conformal invariants. Rev. Mat. Iberoam. 29 (2013), no. 1, pp. 91–113

DOI 10.4171/RMI/714