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Cusps of Hilbert modular varieties

By D. B. McReynolds


Motivated by a question of Hirzebruch on the possible topological types of cusp cross-sections of Hilbert modular varieties, we give a necessary and sufficient condition for a manifold M to be diffeomorphic to a cusp cross-section of a Hilbert modular variety. Specialized to Hilbert modular surfaces, this proves that every Sol 3–manifold is diffeo morphic to a cusp cross-section of a (generalized) Hilbert modular surface. We also deduce an obstruction to geometric bounding in this setting. Consequently, there exist Sol 3–manifolds that cannot arise as a cusp cross-section of a 1–cusped nonsingular Hilbert modular surface

Publisher: 'Cambridge University Press (CUP)'
Year: 2008
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