Extremal length estimates and product regions in Teichmuller space


We study the Teichmuller metric on the Teichmuller space of a surface of finite type, in regions where the injectivity radius of the surface is small. The main result is that in such regions the Teichmuller metric is approximated up to bounded additive distortion by the sup metric on a product of lower dimensional spaces. The main technical tool in the proof is the use of estimates of extremal lengths of curves in a surface based on the geometry of their hyperbolic geodesic representatives.

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