Geometry and Analysis Seminar

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24 February 2020
14:15
Oscar Garcia-Prada
Abstract

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
2 March 2020
14:15
Fabian Lehmann
Abstract

An 8-dimensional Riemannian manifold with holonomy group contained in Spin(7) is Ricci-flat, but not Kahler. The condition that the holonomy reduces to Spin(7) is equivalent to a complicated system of non-linear PDEs. In the non-compact setting, symmetries can be used to reduce this complexity. In the case of cohomogeneity one manifolds, i.e. where a generic orbit has codimension one, the non-linear PDE system
reduces to a nonlinear ODE system. I will discuss recent progress in the construction of 1-parameter families of complete cohomogeneity one Spin(7) holonomy metrics. All examples are asymptotically conical (AC) or asymptotically locally conical (ALC).

 

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar
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