The conformal geometry of billiards
2011-05-27T00:00:00Z (GMT) by
This article provides an introduction to some recent results in billiard dynamics. We present results that follow from a study of compact Riemann surfaces (equipped with a holomorphic 1-form) and an SL2R action on the moduli spaces of these surfaces. We concentrate on the progress toward classification of "optimal" billiard tables, those with the simplest trajectory structure.