We answer two questions of Beardon and Minda which arose from their study of the conformal symmetries of circular regions in the complex plane. We show that a configuration of closed balls in the N-sphere is determined up to Mbius transformations by the signed inversive distances between pairs of its elements, except when the boundaries of the balls have a point in common, and that a configuration of points in the N-sphere is determined up to Mbius transformations by the absolute cross-ratios of 4-tuples of its elements. The proofs use the hyperboloid model of hyperbolic (N 1)-space.
|Translated title of the contribution||Rigidity of coonfigurations of balls and points in the N-sphere|
|Pages (from-to)||351 - 362|
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Quarterly Journal of Mathematics|
|Early online date||29 Jan 2010|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2011|