Riemann surfaces, ribbon graphs and combinatorial classes

@article{Mondello2009RiemannSR,
  title={Riemann surfaces, ribbon graphs and combinatorial classes},
  author={Gabriele Mondello},
  journal={arXiv: Algebraic Geometry},
  year={2009},
  pages={151-215}
}
This survey paper begins with the description of the duality between arc systems and ribbon graphs embedded in a punctured surface. Then we explain how to cellularize the moduli space of curves in two different ways: using Jenkins-Strebel differentials and using hyperbolic geometry. We also briefly discuss how these two methods are related. Next, we recall the definition of Witten cycles and we illustrate their connection with tautological classes and Weil-Petersson geometry. Finally, we… Expand
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