Quasiconformal mappings in the complex plane

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Mercer, Nathan T.
Stankewitz, Richard L.
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Thesis (M.S.)
Department of Mathematical Sciences
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It is well known that, as a consequence of the Identity Theorem, we cannot "glue" together two analytic functions to create a new globally analytic function. In this paper we will both introduce and investigate special homeomorphisms, called quasiconformal maps, that are generalizations of the well known conformal maps. We will show that quasiconformal maps make this "gluing," up to conjugation, possible. Quasiconformal maps are a valuable tool in the field of complex dynamics. We will see how quasiconformal maps of infinitesimal circles have an image of an infinitesimal ellipse. Although quasiconformal maps are nice homeomorphisms, they might only be differentiable in the real sense almost everywhere and, surprisingly, complex differentiable nowhere. We shall rely on the work of Lehto and Virtanen as well as Shishikura in exploring these interesting complex valued functions.