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    Tetrahedra of flags, volume and homology of SL(3)

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    In the paper we define a "volume" for simplicial complexes of flag tetrahedra. This generalizes and unifies the classical volume of hyperbolic manifolds and the volume of CR tetrahedra complexes. We describe when this volume belongs to the Bloch group. In doing so, we recover and generalize results of Neumann-Zagier, Neumann, and Kabaya. Our approach is very related to the work of Fock and Goncharov.Comment: 45 pages, 14 figures. The first version of the paper contained a mistake which is correct here. Hopefully the relation between the works of Neumann-Zagier on one side and Fock-Goncharov on the other side is now much cleare

    Duality and invariants of representations of fundamental groups of 3-manifolds into PGL(3,C)

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    We determine the explicit transformation under duality of generic configurations of four flags in \PGL(3,\bC) in cross-ratio coordinates. As an application we prove invariance under duality of an invariant in the Bloch group obtained from decorated triangulations of 3-manifolds.Comment: Revised version, 29 pages,4 figure

    Eigenvalues of Products of Unitary Matrices and Lagrangian Involutions

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    This paper introduces a submanifold of the moduli space of unitary representations of the fundamental group of a punctured sphere with fixed local monodromy. The submanifold is defined via products of involutions through Lagrangian subspaces. We show that the moduli space of Lagrangian representations is a Lagrangian submanifold of the moduli of unitary representations.Comment: 35 pages, 2 figures, to appear in Topolog

    Dimension of character varieties for 33-manifolds

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    Let MM be a 33-manifold, compact with boundary and Γ\Gamma its fundamental group. Consider a complex reductive algebraic group G. The character variety X(Γ,G)X(\Gamma,G) is the GIT quotient Hom(Γ,G)//G\mathrm{Hom}(\Gamma,G)//G of the space of morphisms Γ→G\Gamma\to G by the natural action by conjugation of GG. In the case G=SL(2,C)G=\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb C) this space has been thoroughly studied. Following work of Thurston, as presented by Culler-Shalen, we give a lower bound for the dimension of irreducible components of X(Γ,G)X(\Gamma,G) in terms of the Euler characteristic χ(M)\chi(M) of MM, the number tt of torus boundary components of MM, the dimension dd and the rank rr of GG. Indeed, under mild assumptions on an irreducible component X0X_0 of X(Γ,G)X(\Gamma,G), we prove the inequality dim(X0)≥t⋅r−dχ(M).\mathrm{dim}(X_0)\geq t \cdot r - d\chi(M).Comment: 12 pages, 1 figur

    Branched Spherical CR structures on the complement of the figure eight knot

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    We obtain a branched spherical CR structure on the complement of the figure eight knot with a given holonomy representation (called rho_2). There are essentially two boundary unipotent representations from the complement of the figure eight knot into PU(2,1), we call them rho_1 and rho_2. We make explicit some fundamental differences between these two representations. For instance, seeing the figure eight knot complement as a surface bundle over the circle, the behaviour of of the fundamental group of the fiber under the representation is a key difference between rho_1 and rho_2

    Representations of fundamental groups of 3-manifolds into PGL(3,C): Exact computations in low complexity

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    In this paper we are interested in computing representations of the fundamental group of a 3-manifold into PSL(3;C) (in particular in PSL(2;C); PSL(3;R) and PU(2; 1)). The representations are obtained by gluing decorated tetrahedra of flags. We list complete computations (giving 0-dimensional or 1-dimensional solution sets) for the first complete hyperbolic non-compact manifolds with finite volume which are obtained gluing less than three tetrahedra with a description of the computer methods used to find them
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