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    A weight two phenomenon for the moduli of rank one local systems on open varieties

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    The twistor space of representations on an open variety maps to a weight two space of local monodromy transformations around a divisor component at infinty. The space of ŌÉ\sigma-invariant sections of this slope-two bundle over the twistor line is a real 3 dimensional space whose parameters correspond to the complex residue of the Higgs field, and the real parabolic weight of a harmonic bundle

    The dual boundary complex of the SL2SL_2 character variety of a punctured sphere

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    Suppose C1,‚Ķ,CkC_1,\ldots , C_k are generic conjugacy classes in SL2(C)SL_2({\mathbb C}). Consider the character variety of local systems on P1‚ąí{y1,‚Ķ,yk}{\mathbb P}^1-\{ y_1,\ldots , y_k\} whose monodromy transformations around the punctures yiy_i are in the respective conjugacy classes CiC_i. We show that the dual boundary complex of this character variety is homotopy equivalent to a sphere of dimension 2(k‚ąí3)‚ąí12(k-3)-1

    Poisson varieties from Riemann surfaces

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    Short survey based on talk at the Poisson 2012 conference. The main aim is to describe and give some examples of wild character varieties (naturally generalising the character varieties of Riemann surfaces by allowing more complicated behaviour at the boundary), their Poisson/symplectic structures (generalising both the Atiyah-Bott approach and the quasi-Hamiltonian approach), and the wild mapping class groups.Comment: 33 pages, 3 figure

    Rigidity of Spreadings and Fields of Definition

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    Varieties without deformations are defined over a number field. Several old and new examples of this phenomenon are discussed such as Bely\u \i\ curves and Shimura varieties. Rigidity is related to maximal Higgs fields which come from variations of Hodge structure. Basic properties for these due to P. Griffiths, W. Schmid, C. Simpson and, on the arithmetic side, to Y. Andr\'e and I. Satake all play a role. This note tries to give a largely self-contained exposition of these manifold ideas and techniques, presenting, where possible, short new proofs for key results.Comment: Accepted for the EMS Surveys in Mathematical Science

    On the classification of rank two representations of quasiprojective fundamental groups

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    Suppose XX is a smooth quasiprojective variety over \cc and \rho : \pi _1(X,x) \to SL(2,\cc) is a Zariski-dense representation with quasiunipotent monodromy at infinity. Then ŌĀ\rho factors through a map X‚ÜíYX\to Y with YY either a DM-curve or a Shimura modular stack.Comment: minor changes in exposition, citation

    Sheaves on Toric Varieties for Physics

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    In this paper we give an inherently toric description of a special class of sheaves (known as equivariant sheaves) over toric varieties, due in part to A. A. Klyachko. We apply this technology to heterotic compactifications, in particular to the (0,2) models of Distler, Kachru, and also discuss how knowledge of equivariant sheaves can be used to reconstruct information about an entire moduli space of sheaves. Many results relevant to heterotic compactifications previously known only to mathematicians are collected here -- for example, results concerning whether the restriction of a stable sheaf to a Calabi-Yau hypersurface remains stable are stated. We also describe substructure in the Kahler cone, in which moduli spaces of sheaves are independent of Kahler class only within any one subcone. We study F theory compactifications in light of this fact, and also discuss how it can be seen in the context of equivariant sheaves on toric varieties. Finally we briefly speculate on the application of these results to (0,2) mirror symmetry.Comment: 83 pages, LaTeX, 4 figures, must run LaTeX 3 times, numerous minor cosmetic upgrade

    Topology of Hitchin systems and Hodge theory of character varieties: the case A_1

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    For G = GL_2, PGL_2 and SL_2 we prove that the perverse filtration associated to the Hitchin map on the cohomology of the moduli space of twisted G-Higgs bundles on a Riemann surface C agrees with the weight filtration on the cohomology of the twisted G character variety of C, when the cohomologies are identified via non-Abelian Hodge theory. The proof is accomplished by means of a study of the topology of the Hitchin map over the locus of integral spectral curves.Comment: 67 pages, arguments streamlined, to appear in Annals of Mathematic
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