In this talk, we study the configuration of systoles (minimum length geodesics) on closed hyperbolic surfaces. The set of all systoles forms a graph on the surface, in fact a so-called fat graph, which we call the systolic graph. We study which fat graphs are systolic graphs for some surfaces, we call these admissible. There is a natural necessary condition on such graphs, which we call combinatorial admissibility. Our first result characterizes admissibility. It follows that a sub-graph of an admissible graph is admissible. Our second major result is that there are infinitely many minimal non-admissible fat graphs (in contrast, to the classical result that there are only two minimal non-planar graphs).
Seminar Room, School of Mathematical Sciences
Graphs of systoles on hyperbolic surfaces