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# Geometry and dynamics on Riemann and K3 surfaces

Surfaces are some of the simplest yet geometrically rich manifolds.
Geometric structures on surfaces illuminate their topology and are useful for
studying dynamical systems on surfaces. We illustrate below how some of these
concepts blend together, and relate them to algebraic geometry.

## 1 Geometry of surfaces

In this section we give a brief overview of some geometric facts regarding Riemann surfaces and K3 surfaces. Although both are called “surfaces”, Riemann surfaces are examples of algebraic curves, while K3 surfaces are genuine algebraic surfaces. This means that considering the complex points, Riemann surfaces are complex $1$-dimensional while K3 surfaces are complex $2$-dimensional. We will give some explicit examples and then describe geometric structures that live on these surfaces. In the Riemann case we are concerned with flat geometry (with singularities) while in the K3 case we consider Ricci-flat Kähler metrics. Moduli spaces of these geometric structures play an important role in the results of Section 2 below.

*Riemann surfaces.* One can describe a compact Riemann surface by giving the algebraic equations
that cut it out in some ambient space. For example, consider

$\displaystyle X\colon y^{2}=x(x^{5}-1),\quad\Omega=\frac{dx}{y}.$

The locus $X(\mathbb{C})$ of points satisfying this equation in $\mathbb{C}^{2}$ is a real $2$-dimensional surface of genus $2$ (with two points at infinity added to $X$). The $1$-form $\Omega$ from (1) is the unique (up to scale) holomorphic $1$-form vanishing at the two points at infinity.

*Flat geometry.* There is an alternative way to describe the pair $(X,\Omega)$. Take the
regular decagon in the plane and glue its opposite and parallel edges to form
a surface of genus $2$, with two marked points given by the vertices. If we
identify the plane with $\mathbb{C}$, then the $1$-form $\tilde{\Omega}=dz$ will be
invariant under the translations used to glue opposite edges and will descend
to a $1$-form $\Omega$ on the new surface. This construction gives back the
same pair $(X,\Omega)$ as described in (1), although
this is by no means obvious. For more on the algebraic curve
in (1), see [26
C. T. McMullen, Teichmüller curves in genus two: Torsion divisors and
ratios of sines. Invent. Math.165, 651–672 (2006)
, §5]. (A question
for experts: what is the area of the decagon under this identification?)

This construction is quite general: starting from a pair $(X,\Omega)$ consisting of a compact Riemann surface and a holomorphic $1$-form, one can associate to it a polygon in the plane by cutting the surface $X$ and mapping it to the plane in such a way that in local charts the $1$-form $\Omega$ becomes $dz$. Equivalently, one can give charts to $\mathbb{C}$ near a point $p_{0}\in X$ by $p\mapsto\int_{p_{0}}^{p}\Omega$, and the transition maps between charts are translations in $\mathbb{C}$. Conversely, given a polygon in the plane (possibly disconnected), with side identifications given by translations, one can reconstruct a Riemann surface with a holomorphic $1$-form using the converse to the above recipe.

*Action of $\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$.* A polygon is determined by its sides, which are vectors in $\mathbb{R}^{2}\tilde{\longrightarrow}\mathbb{C}$.
The group $\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$ acts on polygons, keeping parallel sides parallel, so if
we have a polygonal description of $(X,\Omega)$ then we obtain a new pair
$g\cdot(X,\Omega)=(X^{\prime},\Omega^{\prime})$. One can also express the action
intrinsically on the surface, by letting a matrix act on the real and imaginary
parts of $\Omega$, viewed as differential $1$-forms on $X$:

$\begin{bmatrix}\operatorname{Re}\Omega^{\prime}\\
\operatorname{Im}\Omega^{\prime}\end{bmatrix}=\begin{bmatrix}a&b\\
c&d\end{bmatrix}\cdot\begin{bmatrix}\operatorname{Re}\Omega\\
\operatorname{Im}\Omega\end{bmatrix}.$

Note that the holomorphic structure on $X^{\prime}$ is usually different from the one on $X$. Furthermore, even if explicit algebraic equations are given for $X$, it is typically not possible to describe the equations cutting out $X^{\prime}$. The sides of the polygons describing the surfaces are computed by taking integrals of $\Omega$ on paths in $X$, and the passage from algebraic equations to integrals and back is by no means explicit.

*Moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces.* Because algebraic equations have finitely many coefficients, one can consider
full parameter spaces, or *moduli spaces*, of algebraic manifolds defined
by the same type of equations. For Riemann surfaces we will be interested in
the space $\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$ of pairs $(X,\Omega)$ where $X$ is a compact Riemann
surface and $\Omega$ is a holomorphic $1$-form with $\kappa$ describing the
multiplicities of the zeros of $\Omega$. The process described above of
obtaining a new pair $(X,\Omega)$ using a real matrix gives an action of
$\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$ on $\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$. This action, however, is not via polynomial or
even holomorphic automorphisms. In Section 2 we
will see, however, that there are some relations between the
$\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$-action and the algebraic equations defining Riemann surfaces.

For more on the $\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$-action on $\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$, see the surveys of Zorich [36 A. Zorich, Flat surfaces. In Frontiers in number theory, physics, and geometry. I, Springer, Berlin, 437–583 (2006) ] for an introduction as well as numerous motivations and applications, as well as the more recent surveys of Forni–Matheus [20 G. Forni and C. Matheus, Introduction to Teichmüller theory and its applications to dynamics of interval exchange transformations, flows on surfaces and billiards. J. Mod. Dyn.8, 271–436 (2014) ] and Wright [33 A. Wright, From rational billiards to dynamics on moduli spaces. Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.)53, 41–56 (2016) ].

*K3 surfaces.* We now switch gears and consider *algebraic surfaces*, such as those given
by the equation

$\displaystyle X=\bigl\{(1+x^{2})(1+y^{2})(1+z^{2})-16xyz=4\bigr\},$

$\displaystyle\Omega=\frac{dx\wedge dy}{z(1+x^{2})(1+y^{2})-8xy}.$

The $2$-form $\Omega$ is nowhere-vanishing on $X$ and is computed via a residue construction (take the residue of $\tfrac{dx\wedge dy\wedge dz}{F}$ along $F=0$). It is interesting to consider both the complex and the real solutions of this equation, denoted $X(\mathbb{C})$ and $X(\mathbb{R})$ respectively. See Figure 1 for an example of real solutions. Algebraic curves (i.e., Riemann surfaces), such as those described in (1), have only finite automorphism groups as soon as the genus is at least two, but algebraic surfaces such as the one in (2) have dynamically interesting automorphisms such as

$\displaystyle(x,y,z)\xrightarrow{\sigma_{x}}\left(\frac{16yz}{(1+y^{2})(1+z^{2})}-x,y,z\right)$

as well as their analogues $\sigma_{y},\sigma_{z}$ in which the roles of the coordinates are permuted. The formula for the automorphism $\sigma_{x}$ is obtained by “freezing” the $y$ and $z$ variables, viewing (2) as a quadratic equation for $x$, and exchanging the two solutions of the quadratic. In particular applying $\sigma_{x}$ twice gives back the identity transformation: $\sigma_{x}\circ\sigma_{x}=\mathbf{1}_{X}$.

*Kähler geometry.* The complex solutions of algebraic equations such as the ones above yield
projective algebraic manifolds. These admit Kähler metrics, special kinds of
Riemannian metrics adapted to the complex structure. For Kähler metrics, the
Riemannian volume of an algebraic submanifold is determined by its homology
class alone.

Specializing further, if the algebraic manifold admits an algebraic volume form, such as $\Omega$ from (3), then Yau’s solution of the Calabi conjecture [34 S. T. Yau, On the Ricci curvature of a compact Kähler manifold and the complex Monge–Ampère equation. I. Comm. Pure Appl. Math.31, 339–411 (1978) ] gives canonical Kähler metrics whose Ricci curvature vanishes. To construct such metrics, one needs to solve a nonlinear PDE of Monge–Ampère type and there is no “hands-on” description of such metrics as in Figure 2.

*Moduli spaces of K3 surfaces.* Moving to algebraic manifolds of higher dimensions, additional data needs to be
specified in order to have well-behaved moduli spaces. For us, the most
relevant will be the space $\mathcal{K}\mathcal{E}$ of Ricci-flat metrics on the manifold
underlying a complex K3 surface. The abbreviation $\mathcal{K}\mathcal{E}$ is for
Kähler–Einstein, since Ricci-flat metrics satisfy the Einstein equation
$\operatorname{Ric}_{ij}=\lambda g_{ij}$ with $\lambda=0$. These moduli spaces
play an essential role in the study of K3 surfaces and have the remarkable
feature that they are (essentially) homogeneous spaces for appropriate Lie
groups. For an introduction to the geometry of K3 surfaces, see the collection
of notes [2
A. Beauville,
Géométrie des surfaces K3: modules et périodes.
Astérisque, Société Mathématique de France, Paris (1985)
] and
the more recent monograph of
Huybrechts [22
D. Huybrechts, Lectures on K3 surfaces. Cambridge Studies in Advanced
Mathematics 158, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2016)
].

## 2 Dynamics on moduli spaces

This section describes results on the dynamics of group actions in the moduli space of Riemann and K3 surfaces equipped with appropriate flat, or Ricci-flat, metrics.

*Dynamics on moduli spaces of flat surfaces.* The action of the group $\text{{GL}}_{2}\left(\mathbb{R}\right)$ on the moduli space
$\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$ of Riemann surfaces with a holomorphic $1$-form satisfies
rigidity properties akin to those for unipotent flows in homogeneous dynamics
developed by Ratner
[30
M. Ratner, On Raghunathan’s measure conjecture. Ann. of Math. (2)134, 545–607 (1991)
, 31
M. Ratner, Raghunathan’s topological conjecture and distributions of unipotent
flows. Duke Math. J.63, 235–280 (1991)
],
Margulis [24
G. A. Margulis, Formes quadratriques indéfinies et flots unipotents sur les
espaces homogènes. C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris Sér. I Math.304, 249–253 (1987)
] and many others. The following results were
established by Eskin, Mirzakhani, and Mohammadi:

**Theorem 1**([10 A. Eskin and M. Mirzakhani, Invariant and stationary measures for the SL(2,ℝ) action on moduli space. Publ. Math. Inst. Hautes Études Sci.127, 95–324 (2018) , 11 A. Eskin, M. Mirzakhani and A. Mohammadi, Isolation, equidistribution, and orbit closures for the SL(2,ℝ) action on moduli space. Ann. of Math. (2)182, 673–721 (2015) ])

**.**

*For any pair $(X,\Omega)\in\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$, the orbit closure
$\mathcal{M}:=\overline{\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})\cdot(X,\Omega)}$ is a submanifold of $\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$,
described in local coordinates by linear relations among the sides of the
polygons used to parametrize surfaces. Furthermore, ^{1}The switch from
$\text{{GL}}_{2}$ to $\text{{SL}}_{2}$ is done to exclude the scaling action. any
$\text{{SL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$-invariant ergodic probability measure must be Lebesgue supported
on such a manifold.*

Going back to the algebraic description of Riemann surfaces, we saw that except in special symmetric situations, it is not possible in general to relate the algebraic equations to the polygonal description of the surface. In the case of $\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$-orbit closures, it is possible to give an alternative, purely algebraic description of their geometry. Specifically, recall that the Jacobian $\text{Jac}(X)$ associated to a genus $g$ Riemann surface $X$ is the complex torus defined as $H^{0}(X;K_{X})^{\vee\mkern-3.0mu }/H_{1}(X;\mathbb{Z})$, where $H^{0}(X;K_{X})$ denotes the complex $g$-dimensional space of holomorphic $1$-forms on $X$, ${\vee\mkern-3.0mu }$ denotes the dual, and the first homology group $H_{1}(X;\mathbb{Z})$ embeds in the dual by integration along cycles. Alternatively, the Jacobian is the moduli space of holomorphic degree $0$ line bundles on $X$ and this description provides a link between the algebraic and analytic structures on a Riemann surface. Although the automorphism group of a genus $g\geq 2$ Riemann surface is finite, the endomorphism group of its Jacobian can be much larger (real or complex multiplication give examples of such symmetries).

**Theorem 2**([14 S. Filip, Splitting mixed Hodge structures over affine invariant manifolds. Ann. of Math. (2)183, 681–713 (2016) , 13 S. Filip, Semisimplicity and rigidity of the Kontsevich–Zorich cocycle. Invent. Math.205, 617–670 (2016) ])

**.**

*Orbit closures $\mathcal{M}$ as in Theorem 1 parametrize Riemann
surfaces whose Jacobians have additional endomorphisms a specific kind (such as
real multiplication). Furthermore, specific combinations of the zeros of the
distinguished $1$-form yield torsion points on the Jacobian.*

*These conditions characterize $\mathcal{M}$ as a locus inside $\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$.*

Additional finiteness results for orbit closures are established in [6 A. Eskin, S. Filip and A. Wright, The algebraic hull of the Kontsevich–Zorich cocycle. Ann. of Math. (2)188, 281–313 (2018) ], jointly with Eskin and Wright.

The relation between the $\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$-action and real multiplication on Jacobians was discovered by McMullen [25 C. T. McMullen, Billiards and Teichmüller curves on Hilbert modular surfaces. J. Amer. Math. Soc.16, 857–885 (2003) ], who also established most of the above-mentioned results in the case of genus $2$ Riemann surfaces [27 C. T. McMullen, Dynamics of SL2(ℝ) over moduli space in genus two. Ann. of Math. (2)165, 397–456 (2007) ]. Möller introduced the tools of Hodge theory to the subject [29 M. Möller, Variations of Hodge structures of a Teichmüller curve. J. Amer. Math. Soc.19, 327–344 (2006) , 28 M. Möller, Periodic points on Veech surfaces and the Mordell–Weil group over a Teichmüller curve. Invent. Math.165, 633–649 (2006) ] which were used to connect the algebraic and combinatorial descriptions of holomorphic $1$-forms on Riemann surfaces.

*Billiards.* Fix a polygon and consider the dynamical system consisting of a billiard ball
bouncing off the sides in the customary way, with the angle of incidence equal
to the angle of reflection. By studying billiards in regular $n$-gons, Veech
discovered the first instances of nontrivial orbit closures for the
$\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$-action and established along the way:

**Theorem 3**([32 W. A. Veech, Teichmüller curves in moduli space, Eisenstein series and an application to triangular billiards. Invent. Math.97, 553–583 (1989) , Thm. 1.5])

**.**

*For a regular $n$-gon, the number of closed billiard trajectories of length at
most $L$ grows like $c_{n}L^{2}$ for a constant $c_{n}$.*

This is in analogy with the Gauss circle problem of counting lattice points in the plane, which corresponds to playing billiards on a square. The deeper study of the dynamics of billiards on surfaces, and polygons with rational angles, ties in with the study of the $\text{{GL}}_{2}(\mathbb{R})$-action on the moduli space $\mathcal{H}(\kappa)$, and this is the key to Veech’s result and many others.

*An analogue for K3 surfaces.* Billiard trajectories are locally given by straight lines. Besides the
characterization of straight lines as giving the shortest path between points,
they have the following alternative description. Take the $1$-form $\Omega=dz=dx+\sqrt{-1}dy$ in the plane. A straight line is a curve $\gamma$ such
that $l(\gamma)=\left|\int_{\gamma}\Omega\right|$ where $l(\gamma)$ is the
Euclidean length of $\gamma$. Note that for an arbitrary curve $\gamma$ we
have the inequality

$l(\gamma)\geq\left|\int_{\gamma}\Omega\right|$

which, in differential-geometric language, says that the $1$-form $\Omega$ calibrates the straight lines.

This last point of view generalizes to K3 surfaces, where the analogue of closed billiard trajectories are special Lagrangian tori. These are real $2$-dimensional tori inside a K3 surface with a Ricci-flat Kähler metric which, among many other properties, minimize volume in their homology class.

**Theorem 4**([17 S. Filip, Counting special Lagrangian fibrations in twistor families of K3 surfaces. Ann. Sci. Éc. Norm. Supér. (4)53, 713–750 (2020) , Thm. C])

**.**

*Under appropriate assumptions on the Ricci-flat metric on a K3 surface, the
number of such special Lagrangian tori, of volume bounded by $V$, is asymptotic
to $cV^{20}$, for an explicit constant $c>0$.*

It is possible to make the above counting effective and give an error term of order $V^{20-\varepsilon}$, for $\varepsilon>0$, which was estimated effectively by Bergeron–Matheus in the appendix to [17 S. Filip, Counting special Lagrangian fibrations in twistor families of K3 surfaces. Ann. Sci. Éc. Norm. Supér. (4)53, 713–750 (2020) ]. Analogously to the counting result for Riemann surfaces, this one is established by studying the dynamics in the full moduli space $\mathcal{K}\mathcal{E}$ of Ricci-flat metrics. Although we are asking a question about a specific one, it proves useful to study the space of all possible metrics. The idea of using dynamics on homogeneous spaces for counting results goes back to Eskin and McMullen [9 A. Eskin and C. McMullen, Mixing, counting, and equidistribution in Lie groups. Duke Math. J.71, 181–209 (1993) ].

## 3 Dynamics on K3 surfaces

In this section we describe some results on individual automorphisms of K3 surfaces. Again, a key role in the proofs is played by Ricci-flat metrics and their moduli space on a fixed K3 surface.

*Entropy.* Suppose for a moment that $(X,d)$ is a compact metric space and $f\colon X\to X$ is a continuous map. Define a new distance function by
$d_{n}(x,y):=\max_{0\leq i\leq n}d(f^{i}(x),f^{i}(y))$, so two points
are at $d_{n}$-distance at least $\varepsilon$ if along their $f$-orbits, they have
separated at some time at distance $\varepsilon$. Let now $S(d_{n},\varepsilon)$ be the maximal
number of $\varepsilon$-separated points in $X$, i.e., any two are at $d_{n}$-distance at
least $\varepsilon$. This is the number of essentially distinct trajectories, up to
time $n$, when observing the system with accuracy $\varepsilon$. The topological
entropy $h^{top}(f)$ is the exponential growth rate in $n$ of $S(d_{n},\varepsilon)$:

$h^{top}(f):=\lim_{\varepsilon\to 0}\limsup_{n\to+\infty}\frac{1}{n}\log S(d_{n},\varepsilon).$

There is also an associated notion of measure-theoretic entropy. Recall that an $f$-invariant measure $\mu$ must satisfy $\mu(f^{-1}(A))=\mu(A)$ for any measurable subset $A\subset X$. To define the entropy of $\mu$, partition $X$ into disjoint measurable sets $X_{1},\ldots,X_{k}$. Then an orbit of a point gives rise to a sequence of elements that it visits, encoded as a sequence in $\{1,\ldots,k\}^{\mathbb{N}}$. The number of such distinct sequences, weighted appropriately by $\mu$, grows exponentially, and the exponential growth rate is called the entropy (after taking a supremum over all finite partitions of $X$).

*Yomdin and Gromov theorems.* Suppose now that $X$ is a smooth manifold and $f$ is a smooth diffeomorphism.
Then the pullback $f^{*}$ acts on the cohomology groups $H^{\bullet}(X;\mathbb{R})$ and we
consider its spectral radius $\rho(f)$ (viewed as a linear transformation).
Settling a conjecture of Shub, Yomdin proved the following:

*The topological entropy of $f$ satisfies*

$h^{top}(f)\geq\log\rho(f).$

Thus topological complexity implies dynamical complexity. When $X$ is a complex manifold admitting a Kähler metric, and $f$ is a holomorphic automorphism, Gromov [21 M. Gromov, On the entropy of holomorphic maps. Enseign. Math. (2)49, 217–235 (2003) ] established the reverse upper bound

$h^{top}(f)\leq\rho(f)\quad\text{and so}\quad h^{top}(f)=\rho(f).$

Gromov’s proof is based on the special feature of Kähler metrics that the Riemannian volume of complex submanifolds is determined by their homology class (they are calibrated submanifolds, just like the special Lagrangians in Theorem 4).

*Measures on K3 surfaces.* Suppose now that $X$ is a K3 surface and $f$ is an automorphism of positive
topological entropy. The surface in (2) works,
and a composition of automorphisms like the one
in (4), one for each coordinate, gives an example.
Cantat [4
S. Cantat, Dynamique des automorphismes des surfaces K3. Acta Math.187, 1–57 (2001)
] showed that
there exists a unique $f$-invariant measure $\mu$ which maximizes entropy,
i.e., $h_{\mu}(f)=\log\rho(f)$. But the holomorphic $2$-form $\Omega$ induces
another measure $\Omega\wedge\overline{\Omega}$ on $X$, which is canonical and
invariant under the dynamics. It is then natural to ask: what is the
relationship between the two measures? This was answered by
Cantat–Dupont [5
S. Cantat and C. Dupont, Automorphisms of surfaces: Kummer rigidity and
measure of maximal entropy. J. Eur. Math. Soc. (JEMS)22,
1289–1351 (2020)
] and later, using different techniques, in
[19
S. Filip and V. Tosatti, Kummer rigidity for K3 surface
automorphisms via Ricci-flat metrics.
arXiv:1808.08673 (August 2018). To appear in Am. J. Math.]:

**Theorem 6**

**.**

*With notation as above, suppose that the measure of maximal entropy $\mu$ is
absolutely continuous with respect to Lebesgue measure on $X$. Then $X$ is a
“Kummer surface”, i.e., obtained from a complex torus $A=\mathbb{C}^{2}/\Lambda$ by a
quotient $A\to A/\!\pm 1$ and desingularization, and the automorphism $f$ comes
by the same construction from a linear automorphism of the torus.*

The proof in [19 S. Filip and V. Tosatti, Kummer rigidity for K3 surface automorphisms via Ricci-flat metrics. arXiv:1808.08673 (August 2018). To appear in Am. J. Math.] uses Ricci-flat metrics on K3 surfaces and their compatibility with the volume form $\Omega\wedge\overline{\Omega}$. Indeed, the Kähler form $\omega$ associated to a Ricci-flat metric satisfies the identity $\omega\wedge\omega=\Omega\wedge\overline{\Omega}$ (as volume forms on $X$) and this poses constraints on the dynamical invariants, such as Lyapunov exponents.

*Rough currents.* A pseudo-Anosov homeomorphism of a real $2$-dimensional surface
expands/contracts a pair of measured foliations on the surface.
This is a basic result of Thurston’s analysis of mapping class group elements.
Analogous objects, called closed positive currents, have been constructed by
Cantat on K3
surfaces [4
S. Cantat, Dynamique des automorphismes des surfaces K3. Acta Math.187, 1–57 (2001)
], and
earlier for polynomial maps of the plane by
Bedford–Lyubich–Smillie [3
E. Bedford, M. Lyubich and J. Smillie, Polynomial diffeomorphisms of 𝐂2. IV. The measure of maximal entropy and laminar currents.
Invent. Math.112, 77–125 (1993)
].
Theorem 6 implies that if a K3 surface is not Kummer and
admits a positive entropy automorphism, then the measure of maximal entropy is
singular for Lebesgue measure. General dynamical considerations imply that its
Hausdorff dimension is strictly below the maximal one, and thus the closed
positive currents defined above must also have less than maximal Hausdorff
dimension, see [18
S. Filip and V. Tosatti, Smooth and rough positive currents. Ann. Inst.
Fourier (Grenoble)68, 2981–2999 (2018)
].

## 4 An overview

The geometry and topology of surfaces is a subject with a long history. Many fundamental topics have been omitted in the above discussion, yet they all play a role in motivating constructions and formulating questions in the subject. For example, although Riemann surfaces do not admit infinite-order holomorphic automorphisms in genus at least two, the study of topological automorphisms (homeomorphism and diffeomorphisms) is essential for much of low-dimensional topology in the form of the Nielsen–Thurston theory of the classification of mapping class group elements (see the monographs of Farb–Margalit [12 B. Farb and D. Margalit, A primer on mapping class groups. Princeton Mathematical Series 49, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ (2012) ] and the collection of articles [1 A. Fathi, F. Laudenbach, and V. Poénaru, Travaux de Thurston sur les surfaces – Séminaire Orsay. Astérisque 66, Société Mathématique de France, Paris (1979) ]). This leads to the study of measured foliations on surfaces, and their analogues on algebraic surfaces that become closed positive currents. The geometry of these last objects is far less understood than that of surface foliations.

In all instances, moduli spaces of geometric structures play a crucial role. The Teichmüller and moduli spaces of Riemann surfaces are essential for understanding the topology of surfaces, and in the case of algebraic surfaces, moduli spaces of metrics play a similar role. In the case of K3 surfaces, the moduli spaces turn out to be locally homogeneous, and this makes available all the tools of homogeneous dynamics.

Finally, understanding the dynamics in moduli spaces requires one to understand
dynamical invariants called *Lyapunov exponents*, which play a role
similar to entropy. The tools of complex geometry and Hodge theory turned out
to be crucial in gaining control over these otherwise elusive dynamical
invariants, and these techniques are behind many of the theorems described
above. This connection was originally made by
Kontsevich [23
M. Kontsevich, Lyapunov exponents and Hodge theory. In The mathematical
beauty of physics (Saclay, 1996), Adv. Ser. Math. Phys. 24, World Sci.
Publ., River Edge, NJ, 318–332 (1997)
], see also [8
A. Eskin, M. Kontsevich and A. Zorich, Sum of Lyapunov exponents of the
Hodge bundle with respect to the Teichmüller geodesic flow.
Publ. Math. Inst. Hautes Études Sci.120, 207–333 (2014)
, 7
A. Eskin, M. Kontsevich, M. Möller and A. Zorich, Lower bounds for
Lyapunov exponents of flat bundles on curves. Geom. Topol.22, 2299–2338 (2018)
, 16
S. Filip, Families of K3 surfaces and Lyapunov exponents. Israel J.
Math.226, 29–69 (2018)
, 15
S. Filip, Zero Lyapunov exponents and monodromy of the Kontsevich–Zorich
cocycle. Duke Math. J.166, 657–706 (2017)
]
for further developments related to Lyapunov exponents and Hodge theory.

We end with a summary of the above parallels between the geometry of Riemann and K3 surfaces in Table 1.

Riemann surfaces | K3 surfaces |

Mapping classes of diffeomorphisms:pseudo-Anosov, reducible, periodic | Holomorphic automorphisms:hyperbolic, parabolic, elliptic |

Entropy, action on curves | Entropy, action on ${H}^{2}$ |

Stable and unstable foliations | Stable and unstable currents |

Teichmüller space | Period Domain(s) |

Flat metrics | Ricci-flat metrics |

Holomorphic $1$-form | Holomorphic $2$-form |

Straight lines for flat metric | Special Lagrangians |

Periodic trajectories | Special Lagrangian tori |

Completely Periodic Foliations | Torus Fibrations |

$\mathbb{S}^{1}$: directions for straight lines | $\mathbb{S}^{2}$: twistor rotation |

Lyapunov exponents for families |

Simion Filip is Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. sfilip@math.uchicago.edu

^{1}The switch from $\text{{GL}}_{2}$ to $\text{{SL}}_{2}$ is done to exclude the scaling action.

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## Cite this article

Simion Filip, Geometry and dynamics on Riemann and K3 surfaces. Eur. Math. Soc. Mag. 119 (2021), pp. 17–22

DOI 10.4171/MAG/4🅭🅯