to 22/02/2018
Geometric Structures and Representation Varieties


Dates: February 19 - 22, 2018.


Place: Mathematikon, Heidelberg, Germany.


We are planning to bring together more experienced and young researchers who are interested in the deformation theory of geometric structures on manifolds and representation varieties. The schedule will leave ample room for discussion and scientific interaction.



The conference will start on Monday February 19 around 9:30, and it will end on Thursday February 22 around 17:00. There will be a free afternoon and plenty of time for discussion and scientific interaction. Click here for more details.



Thierry Barbot (Université d'Avignon)
Vladimir Fock (Université de Strasbourg)
François Guéritaud (Université Lille 1)
Olivier Guichard (Université de Strasbourg)
Antonin Guilloux (Université Paris VI)
Fanny Kassel (Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques)
Ludovic Marquis (Université de Rennes 1)
Daniel Monclair (Université Paris-Sud)
Frederic Palesi (Aix-Marseille Université)
John Parker (Durham University)
Joan Porti (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
Andrés Sambarino (Université Paris VI)
Jean-Marc Schlenker (Université du Luxembourg)
Binbin Xu (Université du Luxembourg) 
Ghani Zeghib (École normale supérieure de Lyon)



Ilesanmi Adeboye,  Daniele Alessandrini,  Shinpei Baba,  Thierry Barbot,  Yohann Bouilly,  Agnes Broeren,  Jean-Philippe Burelle,  León Carvajales,  Qiyu Chen,  Federica Fanoni,  Vladimir Fock,  Sourav Ghosh,  François Guéritaud,  Olivier Guichard,  Antonin Guilloux,  Johannes Horn,  Fanny Kassel,  Joonhyung Kim,  Thilo Kuessner,  Gye-Seon Lee,  Gabriele Link,  Ludovic Marquis,  Filippo Mazzoli,  Daniel Monclair,  Frederic Palesi,  John Parker,  Bram Petri,  Joan Porti,  Roman Prosanov,  Evgenii Rogozinnikov,  Andrés Sambarino,  Andrew Sanders,  Jean-Marc Schlenker,  Ivo Slegers,  Florian Stecker,  Nicolaus Treib,  Gabriele Viaggi,  Anna Wienhard,  Binbin Xu,  Ghani Zeghib,  Menelaos Zikidis,  Feng Zhu



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Monday, February 19:

Volume variation of representations of three-manifolds in SL(N,C) (Joan Porti)
Anosov representations and eigenvalue gaps (Fanny Kassel)
Non-arithmetic lattices and hypergeometric monodromy (John Parker)
On the equivalence between Q-conditions and primitive stability (Binbin Xu)

Tuesday, February 20:

Metrics induced on convex hulls of quasicircles (Jean-Marc Schlenker)
Tau function and flat connections (Vladimir Fock)
Hilbert distance, beyond convexity (Antonin Guilloux)
The co-Minkowski space and an asymmetric norm on the Teichmüller space (Thierry Barbot)

Wednesday, February 21:

Teeny-weeny representations and subalgebras containing regular elements (Olivier Guichard)
Liouville current, intersection and pressure metric revisited. (Andrés Sambarino)
Strip coordinates for hyperbolic surfaces with spikes (François Guéritaud)

Thursday, February 22:

Limit sets of Anosov representations (Daniel Monclair)
Lorentzian quasi-Fuchsian group which are not lattice (Ludovic Marquis)
Mapping Class Group actions on some relative character varieties (Frederic Palesi)
Similarity Manifolds after Mickaël Kourganoff  (Ghani Zeghib)

Volume variation of representations of three-manifolds in SL(N,C)

Joan Porti, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Given an orientable, hyperbolic three-manifold of finite volume, several authors have considered the volume of a representation of its fundamental group in SL(N,C). In this talk I will define the volume of a representation by using the symmetric space SL(N,C)/SU(N) and the Cartan-Killing form on the Lie algebra. I plan to overview its main properties and my goal is to talk about a differential formula for the variation of the volume, along variations of the representation. This is joint work with Wolfgang Pitsch.

Anosov representations and eigenvalue gaps

Fanny Kassel, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques

Anosov representations into SL(n,R) are representations of word hyperbolic groups which play an important role in higher Teichmüller theory. Kapovich-Leeb-Porti characterized them in terms of singular value gaps of matrices. I will explain that a similar characterization holds in terms of eigenvalue gaps. This is joint work with Rafael Potrie.

Non-arithmetic lattices and hypergeometric monodromy

John Parker, Durham University

Classical work HA Schwarz says that any triangle group is the monodromy group of a hypergeometric differential equation. Deligne and Mostow gave a list of all lattices that are monodromy groups of hypergeometric equations in several variables. An important consequence of their work was the construction on non-arithmetic lattices in SU(2,1) and SU(3,1). For many years, all examples of such non-arithmetic lattices were on the Deligne-Mostow list. More recently, Deraux, Paupert and I gave new examples of non-arithmetic lattices in SU(2,1). In this talk I will show that all currently known non-arithmetic lattices in SU(2,1) are (commensurable to) monodromy groups of higher order hypergeometric equations in one variable.

On the equivalence between Q-conditions and primitive stability

Binbin Xu, Université du Luxembourg

The group Out(F_2) of outer-automorphisms of F_2 the rank 2 free group acts naturally on the PSL(2,C)-character variety of F_2. To study the dynamical property of Out(F_2)-action, Bowditch's Q-condition and the primitive stable condition on a representation from F_2 to PSL(2,C) have been introduced by Bowditch (generalized by Tan-Wong-Zhang) and by Minsky, respectively. Each one of them can characterize an open subset of the character variety on which Out(F_2) acts properly discontinuously. These two open sets are both candidates for the maximal domain of discontinuity for the Out(F_2)-action. In a joint work with Jaejeong Lee, we show that these two conditions are equivalent to each other.

Metrics induced on convex hulls of quasicircles

Jean-Marc Schlenker, Université du Luxembourg

We consider the "universal" version of results and conjectures concerning the induced metrics on the boundary of the convex cores of quasifuchsian manifolds, as well as constant curvature surfaces in those manifolds. Given a quasisymmetric homeomorphism $u$ of the circle, there is a quasicircle $C$ in $\mathbb{C}P^1$ (resp. $\mathbb{R}P^1\times \mathbb{R}P^1$) such that the gluing map between the two connected components of the boundary of the convex hull of $C$ in $H^3$ (resp. $AdS^3$) is determined by $u$. $C$ is conjectured to be unique. Similar results apply to the induced metrics and third fundamental forms on the boundary of convex domains in $H^3$ (resp. $AdS^3$) with constant curvature and asymptotic boundary a quasicircle. Joint work with Francesco Bonsante, Jeff Danciger and Sara Maloni.

Tau function and flat connections

Vladimir Fock, Université de Strasbourg

Tau function of Sato is a tool mainly used in the theory integrable systems to describe solutions it terms of certain determinants. It is usually a subject of very technical studies and not widely known by non-specialists. The aim of the talk is to give an alternative (and so far conjectural) definition of a tau-function as a certain limiting case of a generating function for a Lagrangian subvariety of the space of connections on a Riemann surface.

Hilbert distance, beyond convexity

Antonin Guilloux, Université Paris VI

With a mild reformulation of Hilbert distance on convex projective sets, I will explain how to define a similar object in other settings. It may open a path to new applications. I will present this reformulation, as well as first applications in dimension 1, real or complex. This is a joint work with E. Falbel and P. Will.

The co-Minkowski space and an asymmetric norm on the Teichmüller space

Thierry Barbot, Université d'Avignon

W.P. Thurston has defined two asymmetric norms on the Teichmüller space. The most famous is the one related to the minimization problem of the Lipschitz constant of a map between two hyperbolic surfaces. In the same paper, he also defined another one, dual to the first one in some meaning, which is defined as the length of measured geodesic laminations, once identified in the correct way tangent vectors with measured geodesic laminations. I will show that this construction can be generalized to some asymmetric Finsler norm on $H^1(G, R^{1,n})$ where $G$ is a cocompact lattice of $SO(1,n)$. I will also comment on a useful tool related to this: the co-Minkowski space, i.e. the space of spacelike hyperplanes in the Minkowski space, and the fact that the involved representations of G are Anosov relatively to the boundary of the co-Minkowski space. This is a work in collaboration with F. Fillastre.

Teeny-weeny representations and subalgebras containing regular elements

Olivier Guichard, Université de Strasbourg

Fixed points of the C^*-action on the space of Higgs bundles correspond to representations whose Zariski closures contain a specific regular element. This situation leads to the objects mentioned in the title, and we give a classification of them and show in turn a rigidity phenomenon. In particular, this applies to Brian Collier's representations into split orthogonal groups. Joint with Clément Guérin.

Liouville current, intersection and pressure metric revisited.

Andrés Sambarino, Université Paris VI

The purpose of the talk is to explain a construction of a Liouville current for a representation in the Hitchin component. Bonahon's intersection between two such currents can be computed. We will also explain the relation with a pressure metric. This is joint work with D. Canary, M. Bridgeman and F. Labourie.

Strip coordinates for hyperbolic surfaces with spikes

François Guéritaud, Université Lille 1

This will be a report on work of my student Pallavi Panda concerning the deformation space of complete finite-area hyperbolic surfaces with geodesic, possibly noncompact boundary. The deformations that lengthen all measured laminations are naturally parametrized, via a so-called strip map, by an appropriate arc complex, generalizing the compact-boundary case.

Limit sets of Anosov representations

Daniel Monclair, Université Paris-Sud

Given a real semi-simple Lie group G and a parabolic subgroup P (i.e. G/P is compact), P-Anosov representations in G are characterized by their "nice" limit sets in G/P. Depending on the pair (G,P), these limit sets can be very different. In rank one (quasi-Fuchsian groups), they are fractal objects. For some examples in higher rank (such as Hitchin representations), they are more regular, and can even be $C^1$ submanifolds of G/P. We will describe the case of some Anosov representations in SO(n,2), called quasi-Fuchsian, which are holonomies of some special Lorentzian manifolds. We will see that the limit sets are Lipschitz submanifolds of G/P, but not $C^1$ submanifolds. We will also discuss "how fractal" these objects are by looking at a modified version of the Hausdorff dimension. This is joint work with Olivier Glorieux.

Lorentzian quasi-Fuchsian group which are not lattice

Ludovic Marquis, Université de Rennes 1

A (hyperbolic) (d+1)-quasi-fuchsian group is a convex cocompact subgroup of isometries of the real hyperbolic space of dimension d+1 whose limit set is a sphere of dimension d-1. A Lorentzian Quasi-Fuchsian group is the analogue of the former group but for isometries of the Anti de Sitter space, where the expression convex-cocompact should be understood as defined by Danciger-Guéritaud-Kassel, or equivalently as a subgroup that preserves an acausal sphere in the boundary of the Anti de Sitter space and acts properly and cocompactly on the convex hull of this sphere in the Anti de Sitter space. We will build examples of Lorentzian quasi-Fuchsian groups which are not lattice in small dimension d=4,5,6, hence in particular not obtained by deforming fuchsian subgroups. This is a joint work with Gye-Seon Lee.

Mapping Class Group actions on some relative character varieties

Frederic Palesi, Aix-Marseille Université

The Teichmüller space of a surface (possibly with boundaries) can be embedded in the relative PGL(2,R) character variety as a connected component. The mapping class group acts properly discontinuously on that connected component, but the dynamic of the action is much more mysterious on the rest of the character variety. In this talk we construct open domains of discontinuity for the mapping class group action on relative SL(2,C) character varieties of some surfaces of low complexity, using methods introduced by Bowditch in the one-punctured torus case. We apply these methods to get informations on the dynamical decomposition of the relative PGL(2,R) character varieties, in particular to construct domains where the action is ergodic.

Similarity Manifolds after Mickaël Kourganoff

Ghani Zeghib, École normale supérieure de Lyon

A similarity structure on a manifold consists in giving a Riemannian metric on a neighborhood of each point such that the metrics on the intersection of two neighborhoods are homothetic, i.e. proportional by means of a locally constant function. The basic example is that of the cone over a Riemannian manifold which gives in the case of the standard sphere a (flat) Hopf manifold. The question is whether there exist more complicated examples?

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