Volumes of hyperbolic three-manifolds associated with modular links

Alex Brandts, Tali Pinsky, Lior Silberman

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Periodic geodesics on the modular surface correspond to periodic orbits of the geodesic flow in its unit tangent bundle PSL2(Z)nPSL2(R). A finite collection of such orbits is a collection of disjoint closed curves in a 3-manifold, in other words a link. The complement of those links is always a hyperbolic 3-manifold, and hence has a well-defined volume. We present strong numerical evidence that, in the case of the set of geodesics corresponding to the ideal class group of a real quadratic field, the volume has linear asymptotics in terms of the total length of the geodesics. This is not the case for general sets of geodesics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1206
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • Hyperbolic volume
  • Modular group
  • Primitive geodesics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • General Mathematics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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