*Published Paper*

**Inserted:** 25 oct 2011

**Last Updated:** 16 feb 2015

**Journal:** Adv. Calc. Var.

**Year:** 2014

**Abstract:**

We prove that, given a planar bi-Lipschitz homeomorphism $u$ defined on the boundary of the unit square, it is possible to extend it to a function $v$ of the whole square, in such a way that $v$ is still bi-Lipschitz. In particular, denoting by $L$ and $\widetilde L$ the bi-Lipschitz constants of $u$ and $v$, with our construction one has $\widetilde L \leq C L^4$ (being $C$ an explicit geometrical constant). The same result was proved in 1980 by Tukia (see~\cite{Tukia}), using a completely different argument, but without any estimate on the constant $\widetilde L$. In particular, the function $v$ can be taken either smooth or (countably) piecewise affine.

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