Dynamics in higher Teichmuller theory

Friday, March 30, 2018 - 15:30

704 Thackery

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Dick Canary
University of Michigan

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ABSTRACT: Hitchin discovered a component of the space of representations of a surface group into PSL(n;R), which bears many resemblances to the Teichmuller space of Fuchsian representations of the surface group into PSL(2;R). Labourie introduced dynamical techniques to show that these Hitchin representations are discrete and faithful. Sambarino associated Anosov ows to Hitchin representations whose periods record the spectral data of the representation. In this talk, we will survey this earlier theory of Hitchin representations and discuss how to use the ows described by Sambarino to construct Riemannian metrics on the Hitchin component and to obtain rigidity results. (These results are joint work with Martin Bridgeman, Francois Labourite and Andres Sambarino.)




HOST: Jason DeBlois