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S. Allen Broughton


Let S be a hyperbolic surface tiled by kaleidoscopic triangles. Let Re denote the set of fixed points by the reflection in an edge, e, of a triangle. We say that Re is separating if S-Re has two components. Once we have a tiling, we can define a group of orientation preserving transformations, G. We develop a method for determining when a reflection is separating using the group algebra of G. Using this method we give necessary and sufficient conditions for a mirror to be separating when G is abelian. We also conjecture, that when G is simple there are no separating mirrors.


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