# converting between the Beltrami-Klein model and the Poincaré disc model

The Beltrami-Klein model and the Poincaré disc model are closely related in that they both use the unit disc excluding the boundary and that poles can be defined for both models. In converting from one model to the other, it is easiest to use one unit disc for both models simultaneously. Lines of the two models can be put into correspondence as follows: Given a line $\ell$ in one model, its corresponding line $\ell^{\prime}$ in the other model is such that it has the same endpoints  as $\ell$.

If $\ell$ is a diameter   , this means that $\ell^{\prime}=\ell$. Otherwise, $\ell^{\prime}$ will have the same pole as $\ell$.

In all pictures in this entry, blue segments are lines in the Beltrami-Klein model, and red arcs are lines in the Poincaré disc model.

In the picture below, these two lines correspond to each other:

Given a line in the Poincaré disc model, it is easy to construct the corresponding line in the Beltrami-Klein model: Simply connect the endpoints by using a straightedge.

Given a line in the Beltrami-Klein model that is not a diameter of the unit circle, its pole must be found in to construct the corresponding line in the Poincaré disc model.

The pole serves as the center (http://planetmath.org/Center8) of the circle to which the corresponding line in the Poincaré disc model belongs.

Title converting between the Beltrami-Klein model and the Poincaré disc model ConvertingBetweenTheBeltramiKleinModelAndThePoincareDiscModel 2013-03-22 17:07:40 2013-03-22 17:07:40 Wkbj79 (1863) Wkbj79 (1863) 7 Wkbj79 (1863) Topic msc 51-00 msc 51M10 BeltramiKleinModel2 PoincareDiscModel