## Abstract

Let G be a semigroup of K-quasiregular or K-quasimeromorphic functions mapping a given open set U in the Riemann sphere into itself, for a fixed K, the semigroup operation being the composition of functions. We prove that if G satisfies an algebraic condition, which is true for all abelian semigroups, then there exists a K -quasiconformal homeomorphism of U onto an open set V such that all the functions in f oGo f^{-1} are meromorphic functions of V into itself. In particular, if U is the whole sphere then the elements of f oGo f^{-1} are rational functions. We give an example of a semigroup generated by two functions on the sphere, each quasiconformally conjugate to a quadratic polynomial, that cannot be quasiconformally conjugated to a semigroup of rational functions. We give another such example of a semigroup of K-quasiconformal homeomorphisms. These results extend and complement a similar positive conjugacy result of Tukia and of Sullivan for groups of K-quasiconformal homeomorphisms.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 205-222 |

Number of pages | 18 |

Journal | Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae Mathematica |

Volume | 21 |

Issue number | 1 |

State | Published - 1996 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics(all)