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### Flat connections on 3-manifold with boundary

Suppose $Y$ is a 3-manifold and the boundary $\Sigma:=\partial Y$ is non-empty. Let $G$ be a Lie group with trivial center. Let $\overline {\mathcal A}_{flat}(\Sigma)$ and $\overline {\mathcal A}_{...

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votes

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### Why do people study representations of 3-manifold groups into $SL(n,\mathbb{C})$?

Varieties of representations and characters of $3$-manifold groups in $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ have been intensively studied. They have provided tools to identify geometric structures on manifolds, and are ...

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votes

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### Moduli spaces of connections as representation spaces

It is well known that the moduli space of flat connections over a closed manifold $M$ can be identified with the representation space $Hom(\pi_1(M), G) / G$.
Furthermore, Atiyah and Bott (1983) ...

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votes

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### Reference on representations of knot groups

Recently, I was studying knot groups and I wanted to learn some more material about them (e.g. their representations).
"Knots" by Burde and Zieschang discusses some material but it is not entirely ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Representation varieties of 3-manifold groups in $\mathrm{SL}(n,\mathbb{C})$

I am looking at the variety of representations of the fundamental group of a hyperbolic 3-manifold into $\mathrm{SL}(n,\mathbb{C})$:
$$\mathrm{Hom}(\pi_1(M), \mathrm{SL}(n,{\mathbb C}))$$
It is known ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Can the analytic arc of an irred. $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$-character always be lifted to an analytic arc of an irred. representation?

Is there an example of an irreducible and boundary irreducible $3$-manifold $M$ with torus boundary and a non-abelian representation $\rho: \pi_1(M) \to \mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$, a non-constant ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### When is an irreducible $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$ representation of a cusped hyperbolic 3-manifold scheme reduced or smooth?

Let $M$ be an orientable cusped hyperbolic 3-manifold. Let $\rho \in \mathrm{Hom}(\pi_1(M),\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C}))$ be an irreducible representation.
Is $\rho$ scheme reduced ?
What can ...

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votes

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### Representation variety vs. space of flat connections

The holonomy provides a bijection from
the space of flat $G$-connections (modulo gauge equivalence) on a trivial $G$-bundle over $M$
to
a connected component of the representation variety $Hom(...

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vote

**1**answer

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### Algebraicness of trace field of finite volume hyperbolic 3-manifold and dimension of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$-character variety

Does the following statement:
"Let $G$ be a finitely generated
group and let $X(G)$ be the
$SL(2,\mathbb{C})$-character variety
of $G$. Suppose $X(G)$ contains an
irreducible component $...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### Relation between the Character variety of a knot $K\subset M$ and that of $M$

Suppose there is a knot $K\subset M$, where $M$ is a closed 3-manifold. What's the relation between $\chi(\pi_{1}(M-K))$ and $\chi(\pi_{1}(M))$?
Note: $\chi(G)$ means the $\text{SL}_{2}(C)$-...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Can the SL_2 character variety of a three-manifold be nonreduced?

Let $M^3$ be a three-manifold and consider the representation variety and the character variety of $M$:
$$Y=\operatorname{Hom}(\pi_1(M^3),\operatorname{SL}(2,\mathbb C))$$
$$X=\operatorname{Hom}(\pi_1(...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Rank two vector bundles on a curve of genus two

I recently learned of an interesting result of Narasimhan and Ramanan from 1969, which says that moduli space of rank two vector bundles with trivial determinant on a curve $X$ of genus two is ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Character varieties of finitely generated groups

Consider the following situation: $\Gamma_0\leq\Gamma$ are both finitely generated groups and $\Gamma_0$ has finite index in $\Gamma$. The restriction gives a well defined map between the character ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### What is (explicitly) known about the SL(n,C) character varieties of 3-manifolds?

The $SL(2,{\bf C})$ character variety of a 3-manifold with 1-cusp $M$ (like a knot complement in the 3-sphere) essentially coincide with the variety defined by the A-polynomial. Those polynomials are ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### Cohomology of $T^n/W$ for compact Lie groups

Let $G$ be a compact, connected and simply connected Lie group.
Let $T\subset G$ be a maximal torus and let $W$ be the corresponding
Weyl group.
Then we have the diagonal action of $W$ on $T^{n}$ ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Representations of quantum groups at roots of unity

I'm interested in the semisimplified category of representations of a quantum group at a root of unity. I've heard that simple objects in this category correspond to certain "integral" conjugacy ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Generalization of Witten's computation of the volume of moduli space

Let $\Sigma$ be a Riemann surface, and let $X:=\operatorname{Hom}(\pi_1(\Sigma),\operatorname{SU}(2))/\operatorname{SU}(2)$ be the $\operatorname{SU}(2)$ character variety of $\pi_1(\Sigma)$.
There ...

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votes

**2**answers

542 views

### Deriving the Hilbert spaces for Chern-Simons TQFTs with complex gauge group

One method for finding the Hilbert spaces corresponding to surfaces in Chern-Simons TQFT is by geometrically quantizing the phase space, which is just the character variety of the surface. I know that ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

281 views

### Which bundles does the character variety parameterize?

For any Riemann surface with punctures $C$, and Lie group $G$, the character variety is the space of maps $\mathrm{Hom}(\pi_1(C), G)$.
I know that if $G= S_n$ (not a lie group), then $\mathrm{Hom}(\...

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votes

**0**answers

177 views

### Is tensor product flat with respect to the Hitchin connection?

Let $M$ be a compact symplectic manifold equipped with a line bundle $\mathcal L$ with curvature $\omega$. Denote by $H^0(M,\mathcal L)$ the space of smooth global sections of $\mathcal L$ (this ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

454 views

### How does one relate the monodromy of the KZ equations with the WRT representation of the braid group?

The KZ equations on the configuration space of $n$ distinct points in $\mathbb C$ give rise to a representation of $B_n$ on $V^{\otimes n}$, where $V$ is any given representation of $SL(2)$ (we'll ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

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### Do real polarization and Kahler polarization of character varieties of closed surfaces give equivalent representations of the Mapping Class Group?

This is a question about the Witten--Reshetikhin--Turaev representations of the mapping class group of a closed surface $\Sigma_g$. For simplicity, we'll stick to the case $G=SU(2)$.
These ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### How to interpret sections over the $\mathrm{SU}(2)$ character variety as sections over the $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$ character variety?

The motivation for this question comes from the Volume Conjecture of Kashaev-Murakami-Murakami. The Jones family of invariants of knots and $3$-manifolds can all be defined using $\mathrm{SU}(2)$ and ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### What is the state in the WRT TQFT associated to a handlebody?

Let $Y^3$ be a handlebody with boundary $\Sigma$. By definition, there is some associated vector $v_{WRT}(Y^3)\in Z(\Sigma)$, the (finite dimensional) Hilbert space associated to $\Sigma$ by the ...

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votes

**1**answer

661 views

### Is there an algebraic description of Yang-Mills measure?

Consider $X=\operatorname{Hom}(\pi,\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb C))/\! \!/\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb C)$ and $Y=\operatorname{Hom}(\pi,\mathrm{SU}(2))/\mathrm{SU}(2)$, where $\pi$ is a surface group. Note that ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### How nice are representation varieties of Fuchsian groups?

Background
Let $S_{g,n}$ be an oriented surface of genus $g$, with $n$ punctures. We explicitly prohibit the non-hyperbolic cases:
$g=0$, $n=0,1,2$.
$g=1$, $n=0$.
Let $\Gamma$ be the fundamental ...

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votes

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### Zariski tangent spaces to representation varieties

In Bill Goldman's paper "The Symplectic Nature of the Fundamental Groups of Surfaces" (Advances, 54, 200-225, '84) it is stated that the "Zariski tangent space" to a representation space Hom$(\pi, G)/...

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votes

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### SU(2) representations of alternating knot groups

Suppose that $K$ is an $\textit{alternating}$ knot in $S^3$, and let $R_0$ be the space of homomorphisms from $\pi_1(S^3 - K)\to SU(2)$ which send meridians to trace free matrices. Denote the subset ...