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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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Estimates for hyperbolic metrics on nested surfaces

Suppose that $X$ and $Y$ are connected hyperbolic Riemann surfaces, with $X\subsetneq Y$. Let $\rho_{X,Y}$ be the density of the hyperbolic metric of $X$ with respect to that of $Y$; then $\rho_{X,Y} ...
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Blaschke Condition for hyperbolic lattices

For $r$, $s$, small positive integers, do the complex numbers on the unit disc (without the hyperbolic metric) corresponding to the vertices of the hyperbolic tiling with Schläfli symbol $\{r,s\}$ ...
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Harmonic spinors on closed hyperbolic manifolds

Does anyone know an example of a closed spin hyperbolic manifold of dimension 3 or greater such that the kernel of the Dirac operator is non-trivial? I'm mainly interested in the 3-dimensional case ...
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Computing algebraic properties of trace fields, as given by SnapPy

SnapPy can tell you the trace field of a hyperbolic $3$-manifold (which is awesome), but it specifies the field by outputting: the minimal polynomial of the field over $\mathbb{Q}$, and a decimal ...
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Relations between some works by Deligne-Mostow and Thurston

Happy new year 2016! A coworker and I are interested in the relations between the works of Deligne and Mostow ([DM] and [M]) on the monodromy of Appell-Lauricella hypergeometric functions (Publ. ...
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Compatibility of spherical and hyperbolic geometry for fibred knots

Hyperbolic knots and links have a lovely peculiarity that you can always find a position for them in $S^3$ making two groups the same, one defined using the spherical geometry of $S^3$, and the other ...
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How many non-commensurable non-arithmetic manifolds have a quaternion algebra like this?

I am interested in realizing commensurability classes of hyperbolic $3$-manifolds whose quaternion algebra (note: not invariant quaternion algebra) is isomorphic to one of the form ...
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How many quadratic fields occur as trace fields of hyperbolic knot complements?

I am interested in when the trace field of a knot complement has the form $F(\sqrt{-d})$ for $F\subset\mathbb{R}$ and $d\in F^+$ (squarefree). Does this occur for infinitely many choices of pairs ...
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For an arithmetic hyperbolic 3-manifold group, when is its trace field not its invariant trace field?

Edit: In my original post I failed to require the group to be a manifold group. The answer below from @BenLinowitz works in that case. I am really interested though in when the group is torsion-free, ...
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Extending continuous functions from $\partial X$ to $X\cup \partial X$

Consider a proper geodesic hyperbolic space $X$ (in the sense of Gromov). Let $\partial X$ be its Gromov boundary. Consider a complex-valued continuous function on the boundary $f\colon\partial ...
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Questions on Thurston's metric on Teichmüller space

I'm reading the famous "Minimal stretch maps between hyperbolic surfaces" by William Thurston and I'm trying to understand the key theorem 8.1. I have many unclear points so I hope someone can help me ...
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Teichmuller distance between isospectral riemann surfaces

Let $S$ be a surface of negative Euler characteristic (for simplicity let's assume $S$ to be closed), and let $\mathcal{M}(S)$ denote the moduli space of hyperbolic surfaces homeomorphic to $S$. ...
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The action of an S-arithmetic group on the hyperbolic plane

I have a really quick question. I am interested in $G=SL_2(\mathbb{Z}[1/p_1,...,1/p_n])$, where $p_1$,..., $p_n$ are prime numbers. Since $G$ is a subgroup of $SL_2(\mathbb{R})$, it acts in the ...
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Comparison theorem for Lambert quadrilateral

A Lambert quadrilateral is a quadrilateral three of whose angles are right angles. And in 2-d hyperbolic space $\mathbb H^2$, we have nice formulas for the fourth angle. If $AOBF$ is a Lambert ...
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Relations between automorphisms of field of rational functions and Mobius Transfomation

Proposition: If $F$ is a field, let $F[x]$ be the ring of all polynomials whose coefficients are in $F$. The fraction field of $F[x]$, denoted $F(x)$, is defined to be the ratios $r(x) = f(x)/g(x)$ ...
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Uniform convergence of long geodesic to Liouville measure

Here is the set up : let $(S,g)$ an hyperbolic surface and $L_g$ the associated volume measure. By the shadowing lemma there exist sequences of long closed geodesics, $\gamma_n$ which approximate the ...
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Random links and $3$-manifolds

In Jeffrey Weeks book "The Shape of Space" he explaines at the end of Chapter 18 (on page 255) the following about the geometrization conjecture: A non-trivial connected sum $M_1\# M_2$ admits a ...
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Examples of Einstein four-manifolds of negative sectional curvature

Are there any nontrivial compact Einstein four-manifolds of negative or nonpositive sectional curvature? by nontrivial we mean not quotients of $\mathbb{H}^4$, $\mathbb{C}H^2$, ...
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Uniform continuity of length function on geodesic currents

I'm starting to study geodesic currents and I have a question concerning uniform continuity. Let's take $S$ a closed surface of genus $g$ and $GC(S)$ the space of geodesic currents on $S$ (as it is ...
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Geodesics under deck transformations on hyperbolic surface

I have a question regrading the deck transformations. As we know, for the 2-torus $\mathbb T^2$, if we have a geodesic $\widetilde\gamma$ on the corresponding covering space $\mathbb R^2$, and ...
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In the $\mathbb{H}^3$ upper half space model, is a hemiellipsoid perpendicular to the plane at infinity a minimal surface?

Given a Jordan curve on the $\mathbb{H}^3$ boundary at infinity, there is a minimal surface (topological disk) in $\mathbb{H}^3$ with the curve as its asymptotic boundary ...
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Uniqueness of hyperbolic rescaling

Let $X$ be a compact oriented surface of genus at least two, equipped with a Riemannian metric $g$. By the uniformization theorem for Riemann surfaces, there is a conformal universal covering map ...
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Is there any exotic smooth structure on open hyperbolic manifold?

I edited my post to clarify some confusions as suggested by Igor. Let $M$ be an open hyperbolic manifold, with or without finite volume, Is there any manifold $N$ which is homeomorphic to $M$ but ...
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Kobayashi distance function on the upper half-space

I asked this question already in mathstackexchange but got no answer, so I ask it again here. Let $\mathbb{H}_{g}$ be the Siegel upper half space, i.e., the set of complex symmetric $g\times g$ ...
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What does the trace of a loxodromic Mobius transformation tell us about how it rotates?

A matrix $X=\begin{pmatrix}a&b\\c&d\end{pmatrix}\in\mathrm{PSL}_2(\mathbb{C})$ acts isometrically on the upper half-space model $\mathbb{H}^3$ via isometric extension of the Mobius ...
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Volume form on a hyperbolic manifold with geodesic boundary

Let $M$ be a compact connected orientable Riemannian $n$-manifold with boundary $\partial M\ne\emptyset$. Since $H^n(M,\mathbb R)=0$, the connecting morphism $\delta: H^{n-1}(\partial M,\mathbb R)\to ...
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Heegard genus of hyperbolic Haken 3-manifolds

Is there an example of a closed Haken hyperbolic 3-manifold of Heegaard genus 2?
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Hyperbolic Space, Lattice Isometries, and Polyhedral Fundamental Domains

Let $L$ be a lattice of signature $(1,n)$. Suppose I have a (probably infinite index) subgroup $\Gamma\subset O^+(L)$ of the isometries of $L$ which preserve the positive cone $\mathcal{C}^+\subset ...
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Besides the tracioid are there other surfaces of revolution that have a constant negative curvature?

There is no surface in $ R^3 $ that can represent the complete hyperbolic plane (Hilberts theorem) so we always have to do with a surface that is not completely equivalent, has a cusp somewhere, but ...
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Subgroups of hyperbolic groups

Let $G$ be a finitely generated hyperbolic group, and let $H \leq G$ be a subgroup whose profinite completion is finitely generated. Must $H$ be finitely generated? In view of Ian Agol's answer, I ...
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Compact open topology on the space of geodesics

I'm new in the field, so I'm sorry in advance if my question is too naive. Let's consider $S$ a surface of genus $g\ge 2$ with an hyperbolic metric $g$. Let's call $\mathcal{S}(S)$ the set of closed ...
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Intuition for Zagier's theorem for $\zeta_K(2)$

In 1986, Don Zagier generalized Euler's theorem ($\zeta_\mathbb{Q}(2)=\pi ^2 /6$) to an arbitrary number field $K$: $$\zeta_K(2)=\frac{\pi^{2r+2s}}{\sqrt{|D|}}\times \sum_v c_v ...
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Lamination as limit of arcs

I am reading Bonahon's notes on closed curves, in particular the part about hyperbolic laminations. In his notes Bonahon illustrates some examples as why laminations should be "limit curves" on ...
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How bad is the modular space?

I'm wondering if there is some results about the quotient space $\mathbb{H}^{3}/PSL(2,\mathcal{O}_{K})$? Do we know something about its homology or homotopy groups ? $\mathbb{H}^{3}$ is the hyperbolic ...
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The hyperbolic metric on a flat surface

Let $S$ be a closed oriented surface of genus $\geq 2$ and $\mathcal{F}_n(S)$ be the space of flat metrics with conic singularities on $S$ whose cone angles are of the form $2k\pi/n$ ...
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Why simple closed curves are dense in $\mathcal{PML}_0(S)$?

I have another question about laminations on surfaces. As usual let $\mathcal{S}$ be the set of homotopy classes of simple closed curves in $S$ and $\mathcal{PML}_0(S)$ be the set of projective ...
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Why is $\mathcal{PML}_0(S)$ compact?

I'm starting to study geodesic laminations on hyperbolic surfaces and in particular I'm focusing my attention on $\mathcal{PML}_0(S)$, the space of projective classes of measured geodesic laminations ...
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Isometry group of a compact hyperbolic surface

Consider a compact surface $M$ of genus $g \geq 2$ with a metric of constant negative curvature. My question is, is it known under what sorts of sufficient conditions such a metric will have ...
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Is there a formula for the A-model partition function in terms of hyperbolic structure?

The A-model partition function is a topological invariant of any hyperbolic surface. So, what is this invariant? I'm not sure if there is a way to normalize these since the usual perscription $Z(S^2) ...
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Algorithm to generate hyperbolic metric on a compact surface

Let $F$ be a compact surface of genus $g$ with generators $a_1,b_1,\ldots ,a_g,b_g$ with relation $[a_1,b_1]\cdots [a_g,b_g]=1$. We can also consider surfaces with boundary in which case the ...
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Length and laplacian spectrum for quasi-fuchsian manifold

It is well known that, in the case of finite area hyperbolic surfaces, the length sprectrum (the collection of length of all closed geodesics) and the spectrum of the laplacian (acting on functions) ...
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A group acting acylindrically on a fine hyperbolic graph with infinite edge stabilizers

I am looking for an example of a group $G$ that acts (cocompactly and) acylindrically on a hyperbolic graph $\Gamma$, such that a) the graph $\Gamma$ is fine, b) $\Gamma$ is not a tree, c) not all ...
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Is triple point intersection 'generic' in Teichmuller space?

Let $S$ be a hyperbolic surface of finite type and $\alpha,\beta$ be two closed curves. Consider $X$ to be the set of all those points $\chi$ in the Teichmuller space $\mathcal{T}(S)$ of $S$ such that ...
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Is the heat kernel for the hyperbolic plane uniformly continuous in $t\in(0,\infty)$?

let $\mathbb{H}$ be the hyperbolic plane and let $k(t,x,y)$ be the associated heat kernel. I am wondering, if for any fixed $y\in M$ and $\epsilon >0$ the function $u_t(x):=k(t,x,y)$ is continuous ...
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Does anyone know how to describe the zero set of the Jacobian of injective harmonic maps in space?

Consider the following question: Let $\mathbb{B}^m$ be hyperbolic space and let $f : \mathbb{B}^m \rightarrow \mathbb{B}^m$ be harmonic $K$-qc map. Does $f$ have critical points on $\mathbb{B}^m$? ...
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Complex structure and antipode map on the space of measured geodesic laminations

Fix a closed hyperbolic surface $S$, which represents a point in the Teichmüller space $\mathcal{T}$ of the underlying topological surface. Thurston's earthquake theorem implies an identification ...
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Conditions on the hierarchy for Thurston's hyperbolization theorem

From my understanding the proof of Thurston's hyperbolization theorem for Haken $3$--manifolds consists of cutting the manifold along a hierarchy (collection of incompressible, ...
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How can we explicitly verify a canonical Dirichlet domain for this hyperbolic punctured torus

This is a follow-up question to a question from math.stackexchange: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/1436253/67563 Had it not been for the exchange there between myself and @Lee_Mosher in the comments ...
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SnapPea for the uninitiated

SnapPea (http://www.math.uic.edu/~t3m/SnapPy/) is a program with extensive facilities for doing various kinds of calculations with hyperbolic 3-manifolds. The official documentation assumes that the ...