It is well-known that the Teichmüller space of a compact surface can be identified with a connected component of the moduli space of representations of the fundamental group of the surface in PSL(2,R). Higher Teichmüller components are generalizations of this that exist for the moduli space of representations of the fundamental group into certain real simple Lie groups of higher rank. As for the usual Teichmüller space, these components consist entirely of discrete and faithful representations. Several cases have been identified over the years. First, the Hitchin components for split groups, then the maximal Toledo invariant components for Hermitian groups, and more recently certain components for SO(p,q). In this talk, I will describe a general construction of (still somewhat conjecturally) all possible Teichmüller components, and a parametrization of them using Higgs bundles.
- Geometry and Analysis Seminar