Good afternoon everyone,

I have a very general question about hyperbolic manifolds and their fundamental groups in high dimension (at least $4$). If the theory of surfaces and $3$-manifolds provide a lot of constructive examples of compact hyperbolic manifolds, it is not that obvious that in higher dimensions, such objects exists.

A way to construct a $4$ dimensional hyperbolic manifold is to find a cocompact lattice in $\text{O}(n,1)$. Let $\varphi = x_1^2 + ... + x_n^2 - \sqrt{p} x_{n+1}^2$ , and $\Gamma = \text{Aut}(\varphi) \cap \text{Gl}(n+1, \mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{p} ])$. A theorem by Borel ensures us that $\Gamma$ is a cocompact lattice in $\text{Aut}(\varphi) \simeq \text{O}(n,1) $. By Selberg's lemma, we can find a finite index subgroup of $\gamma$ which is torsion free, and this rises to the construction of a compact hyperbolic $4$-manifold.

My question is : can one tell me the algebraic structure of $\Gamma = \text{Aut}(\varphi) \cap \text{Gl}(n+1, \mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{p} ])$ ? Is there a known method to compute it ? Is there a general method for all quadratic forms with coefficient in a number field ?

Thank you very much for your attention !

Selim

The arithmetic of hyperbolic 3-manifolds. Have you tried looking there? – HJRW Jun 4 '13 at 12:17