Analysis on spaces with fibred cusps

The main object of this project are manifolds equipped with a certain class of complete Riemannian metrics, which we call fibred cusp metrics, and generalizations and variants of them. 

A fibred cusp metric on a compact manifold with boundary \(M\), and associated to a fibration \(\phi\colon\partial M\to B\) is a Riemannian metric on the interior of \(M\)which near \(\partial M\) takes the form  


in terms of a trivialization \(\left[0,\epsilon\right)\times\partial M\) of a neighborhood of \(\partial M\), where \(x\) is the coordinate on \(\left[0,\epsilon\right)\),  \(g_B\) is a Riemannian metric on \(B\) and \(g_F\) is a 'fibre metric' for \(\phi\) (i.e. a symmetric 2-tensor on \(\partial M\) which restricts to a metric on each fibre of \(\phi\)). Generalizations involve a tower of fibrations \(\partial M\to B_{m-1}\to\ldots\to B_0\) with different orders of degeneration for each level of fibre, or a manifold with corners \(M\), where each boundary hypersurface carries fibrations. Variants include conformally equivalent metrics such as \(x^{-2\alpha}g\) (so-called fibred boundary metric).

Such metrics occur on locally symmetric spaces and various moduli spaces, for example. The boundary \(\partial M\), i.e. \(x = 0\), corresponds to 'infinity'.

The goals of this project are to develop analytic tools for analyzing the natural geometric differential operators associated to such metrics and to apply these tools to problems in global analysis and spectral theory. In particular, pseudodifferential calculi and heat calculi adapted to such metrics will be constructed.


For d = 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, we exhibit examples of \(\mathrm{AdS}^{d,1}\) strictly GHC-regular groups which are not quasi-isometric to the hyperbolic space \(\mathbb{H}^d\), nor to any symmetric space. This provides a negative answer to Question 5.2 in [9A12] and disproves Conjecture 8.11 of Barbot-Mérigot [BM12]. We construct those examples using the Tits representation of well-chosen Coxeter groups. On the way, we give an alternative proof of Moussong's hyperbolicity criterion [Mou88] for Coxeter groups built on Danciger-Guéritaud-Kassel [DGK17] and find examples of Coxeter groups W such that the space of strictly GHC-regular representations of W into \(\mathrm{PO}_{d,2}(\mathbb{R})\) up to conjugation is disconnected.


Related project(s):
1Hitchin components for orbifolds

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Team Members

Malte Behr
Doctoral student
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg

Prof. Dr. Daniel Grieser
Project leader
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg

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