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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

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