74 research outputs found

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

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

### Dimension of character varieties for $3$-manifolds

Let $M$ be a $3$-manifold, compact with boundary and $\Gamma$ its fundamental
group. Consider a complex reductive algebraic group G. The character variety
$X(\Gamma,G)$ is the GIT quotient $\mathrm{Hom}(\Gamma,G)//G$ of the space of
morphisms $\Gamma\to G$ by the natural action by conjugation of $G$. In the
case $G=\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb C)$ 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 $X(\Gamma,G)$ in terms of
the Euler characteristic $\chi(M)$ of $M$, the number $t$ of torus boundary
components of $M$, the dimension $d$ and the rank $r$ of $G$. Indeed, under
mild assumptions on an irreducible component $X_0$ of $X(\Gamma,G)$, we prove
the inequality $\mathrm{dim}(X_0)\geq t \cdot r - d\chi(M).$Comment: 12 pages, 1 figur

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

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

### Eigenvalues of Products of Unitary Matrices and Lagrangian Involutions

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

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

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

### The geometry of the Eisenstein-Picard modular group

The Eisenstein-Picard modular group ${\rm PU}(2,1;\mathbb {Z}[\omega])$ is defined to be the subgroup of ${\rm PU}(2,1)$ whose entries lie in the ring $\mathbb {Z}[\omega]$, where $\omega$ is a cube root of unity. This group acts isometrically and properly discontinuously on ${\bf H}^2_\mathbb{C}$, that is, on the unit ball in $\mathbb {C}^2$ with the Bergman metric. We construct a fundamental domain for the action of ${\rm PU}(2,1;\mathbb {Z}[\omega])$ on ${\bf H}^2_\mathbb {C}$, which is a 4-simplex with one ideal vertex. As a consequence, we elicit a presentation of the group (see Theorem 5.9). This seems to be the simplest fundamental domain for a finite covolume subgroup of ${\rm PU}(2,1)

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