# Poincaré half-plane model

Equivalently the Poincaré half-plane model is sometimes described as a complex plane where the imaginary part (the *y* coordinate mentioned above) is positive.

The Poincaré half-plane model is named after Henri Poincaré, but it originated with Eugenio Beltrami, who used it, along with the Klein model and the Poincaré disk model (due to Bernhard Riemann), to show that hyperbolic geometry was equiconsistent with Euclidean geometry.

This model is conformal which means that the angles measured at a point are the same in the model as they are in the actual hyperbolic plane.

The Cayley transform provides an isometry between the half-plane model and the Poincaré disk model.

where *s* measures the length along a (possibly curved) line.
The *straight lines* in the hyperbolic plane (geodesics for this metric tensor, i.e., curves which minimize the distance) are represented in this model by circular arcs perpendicular to the *x*-axis (half-circles whose origin is on the *x*-axis) and straight vertical rays perpendicular to the *x*-axis.

In general, the *distance* between two points measured in this metric along such a geodesic is:

Another way to calculate the distance between two points that are on a (Euclidean) half circle is:

Here is how one can use compass and straightedge constructions in the model to achieve the effect of the basic constructions in the hyperbolic plane.^{[2]}
For example, how to construct the half-circle in the Euclidean half-plane which models a line on the hyperbolic plane through two given points.

Draw the line segment between the two points. Construct the perpendicular bisector of the line segment. Find its intersection with the *x*-axis. Draw the circle around the intersection which passes through the given points. Erase the part which is on or below the *x*-axis.

Or in the special case where the two given points lie on a vertical line, draw that vertical line through the two points and erase the part which is on or below the *x*-axis.

Draw the radial *line* (half-circle) between the two given points as in the previous case. Construct a tangent to that line at the non-central point. Drop a perpendicular from the given center point to the *x*-axis. Find the intersection of these two lines to get the center of the model circle. Draw the model circle around that new center and passing through the given non-central point.

Draw a circle around the intersection of the vertical line and the *x*-axis which passes through the given central point.
Draw a horizontal line through the non-central point.
Construct the tangent to the circle at its intersection with that horizontal line.

The midpoint between the intersection of the tangent with the vertical line and the given non-central point is the center of the model circle. Draw the model circle around that new center and passing through the given non-central point.

Draw a circle around the intersection of the vertical line and the *x*-axis which passes through the given central point.
Draw a line tangent to the circle which passes through the given non-central point.
Draw a horizontal line through that point of tangency and find its intersection with the vertical line.

The midpoint between that intersection and the given non-central point is the center of the model circle. Draw the model circle around that new center and passing through the given non-central point.

Drop a perpendicular *p* from the Euclidean center of the circle to the *x*-axis.

Draw the half circle *h* with center *q* going through the point where the tangent and the circle meet.

Find the intersection of the two given semicircles (or vertical lines).

Find the intersection of the given semicircle (or vertical line) with the given circle.

The projective linear group PGL(2,**C**) acts on the Riemann sphere by the Möbius transformations. The subgroup that maps the upper half-plane, **H**, onto itself is PSL(2,**R**), the transforms with real coefficients, and these act transitively and isometrically on the upper half-plane, making it a homogeneous space.

There are four closely related Lie groups that act on the upper half-plane by fractional linear transformations and preserve the hyperbolic distance.

One also frequently sees the modular group SL(2,**Z**). This group is important in two ways. First, it is a symmetry group of the square 2x2 lattice of points. Thus, functions that are periodic on a square grid, such as modular forms and elliptic functions, will thus inherit an SL(2,**Z**) symmetry from the grid. Second, SL(2,**Z**) is of course a subgroup of SL(2,**R**), and thus has a hyperbolic behavior embedded in it. In particular, SL(2,**Z**) can be used to tessellate the hyperbolic plane into cells of equal (Poincaré) area.

The geodesics for this metric tensor are circular arcs perpendicular to the real axis (half-circles whose origin is on the real axis) and straight vertical lines ending on the real axis.

The unit-speed geodesic going up vertically, through the point *i* is given by

Because PSL(2,**R**) acts transitively by isometries of the upper half-plane, this geodesic is mapped into the other geodesics through the action of PSL(2,**R**). Thus, the general unit-speed geodesic is given by

This provides a basic description of the geodesic flow on the unit-length tangent bundle (complex line bundle) on the upper half-plane. Starting with this model, one can obtain the flow on arbitrary Riemann surfaces, as described in the article on the Anosov flow.

where *s* measures length along a possibly curved line.
The *straight lines* in the hyperbolic space (geodesics for this metric tensor, i.e. curves which minimize the distance) are represented in this model by circular arcs normal to the *z = 0*-plane (half-circles whose origin is on the *z = 0*-plane) and straight vertical rays normal to the *z = 0*-plane.

The *distance* between two points measured in this metric along such a geodesic is: