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### Hessian geometry of $G_2$-moduli spaces

## Abstract

The moduli space of torsion-free $G_2$-structures on a compact $7$-manifold $M$ is a smooth manifold, locally diffeomorphic to an open subset of $H^3(M)$. It is endowed with a natural metric which arises as the Hessian of a potential, the properties of which are still poorly understood. In this talk, we will review what is known of the geometry of $G_2$-moduli spaces and present new formulae for the fourth derivative of the potential and the curvatures of the associated metric. We explain some interesting consequences for the simplest examples of $G_2$-manifolds, when the universal cover of $M$ is $\mathbb{R}^7$ or $\mathbb{R}^3 \times K3$. If time permits, we also make some comments on the general case.