Recent preprints

Here are some recent preprints. Recent publications are here,older papers are there.

  • Weakly Inscribed Polyhedra. Hao Chen and Jean-Marc Schlenker. arXiv:1709.10389.
    We study convex polyhedra in $\mathbb{R}\mathbb{P}^3$ with all their vertices on a sphere. We do not require, in particular, that the polyhedra lie in the interior of the sphere, hence the term "weakly inscribed". Such polyhedra can be interpreted as ideal polyhedra, if we regard $\mathbb{R}\mathbb{P}^3$ as a combination of the hyperbolic space and the de Sitter space, with the sphere as the common ideal boundary. We have three main results: (1) the $1$-skeleta of weakly inscribed polyhedra are characterized in a purely combinatorial way, (2) the exterior dihedral angles are characterized by linear programming, and (3) we also describe the hyperbolic-de Sitter structure induced on the boundary of weakly inscribed polyhedra.

  • Notes on the Schwarzian tensor and measured foliations at infinity of quasifuchsian manifolds. Jean-Marc Schlenker. arXiv:1708.01852.
    The boundary at infinity of a quasifuchsian hyperbolic manifold is equiped with a holomorphic quadratic differential. Its horizontal measured foliation $f$ can be interpreted as the natural analog of the measured bending lamination on the boundary of the convex core. This analogy leads to a number of questions. We provide a variation formula for the renormalized volume in terms of the extremal length $\ext(f)$ of $f$, and an upper bound on $\ext(f)$. \par We then describe two extensions of the holomorphic quadratic differential at infinity, both valid in higher dimensions. One is in terms of Poincar\'e-Einstein metrics, the other (specifically for conformally flat structures) of the second fundamental form of a hypersurface in a "constant curvature" space with a degenerate metric, interpreted as the space of horospheres in hyperbolic space. This clarifies a relation between linear Weingarten surfaces in hyperbolic manifolds and Monge-Amp\`ere equations.
    Notes aiming at clarifying the relations between different points of view and introducing one new notion, no real result. Not intended to be submitted at this point

  • Hyperbolic ends with particles and grafting on singular surfaces. Qiyu Chen, Jean-Marc Schlenker. arXiv:1704.07167.
    We prove that any hyperbolic end with particles (cone singularities along infinite curves of angles less than $\pi$) admits a unique foliation by constant Gauss curvature surfaces. Using a form of duality between hyperbolic ends with particles and convex globally hyperbolic maximal (GHM) de Sitter spacetime with particles, it follows that any convex GHM de Sitter spacetime with particles also admits a unique foliation by constant Gauss curvature surfaces. We prove that the grafting map from the product of Teichm\"uller space with the space of measured laminations to the space of complex projective structures is a homeomorphism for surfaces with cone singularities of angles less than $\pi$, as well as an analogue when grafting is replaced by "smooth grafting".

  • Constant Gauss curvature foliations of AdS spacetimes with particles. Qiyu Chen, Jean-Marc Schlenker. arXiv:1610.07852.
    We prove that for any convex globally hyperbolic maximal (GHM) anti-de Sitter (AdS) 3-dimensional space-time N with particles (cone singularities of angles less than $\pi$ along time-like curves), the complement of the convex core in N admits a unique foliation by constant Gauss curvature surfaces. This extends, and provides a new proof of, a result of \cite{BBZ2}. We also describe a parametrization of the space of convex GHM AdS metrics on a given manifold, with particles of given angles, by the product of two copies of the Teichm\"uller space of hyperbolic metrics with cone singularities of fixed angles. Finally, we use the results on K-surfaces to extend to hyperbolic surfaces with cone singularities of angles less than $\pi$ a number of results concerning landslides, which are smoother analogs of earthquakes sharing some of their key properties.

  • Higher signature Delaunay decompositions. Jeffrey Danciger, Sara Maloni, Jean-Marc Schlenker. arXiv:1602.03865.
    Delaunay decomposition is a cell decomposition in R^d for which each cell is inscribed in a Euclidean ball which is empty of all other vertices. This article introduces a generalization of the Delaunay decomposition in which the Euclidean balls in the empty ball condition are replaced by other families of regions bounded by certain quadratic hypersurfaces. This generalized notion is adaptable to geometric contexts in which the natural space from which the point set is sampled is not Euclidean, but rather some other flat semi-Riemannian geometry, possibly with degenerate directions. We prove the existence and uniqueness of the decomposition and discuss some of its basic properties. In the case of dimension d = 2, we study the extent to which some of the well-known optimality properties of the Euclidean Delaunay triangulation generalize to the higher signature setting. In particular, we describe a higher signature generalization of a well-known description of Delaunay decompositions in terms of the intersection angles between the circumscribed circles.

  • Polyhedra inscribed in a quadric. Jeffrey Danciger, Sara Maloni, Jean-Marc Schlenker. arXiv:1410.3774.
    We study convex polyhedra in three-space that are inscribed in a quadric surface. Up to projective transformations, there are three such surfaces: the sphere, the hyperboloid, and the cylinder. Our main result is that a planar graph G is realized as the 1-skeleton of a polyhedron inscribed in the hyperboloid or cylinder if and only if G is realized as the 1-skeleton of a polyhedron inscribed in the sphere and Γ admits a Hamiltonian cycle.
    Rivin characterized convex polyhedra inscribed in the sphere by studying the geometry of ideal polyhedra in hyperbolic space. We study the case of the hyperboloid and the cylinder by parameterizing the space of convex ideal polyhedra in anti-de Sitter geometry and in half-pipe geometry. Just as the cylinder can be seen as a degeneration of the sphere and the hyperboloid, half-pipe geometry is naturally a limit of both hyperbolic and anti-de Sitter geometry. We promote a unified point of view to the study of the three cases throughout.

  • Some questions on anti-de Sitter geometry. Thierry Barbot, Francesco Bonsante, Jeff Danciger, William M. Goldman, François Guéritaud, Fanny Kassel, Kirill Krasnov, Jean-Marc Schlenker, Abdelghani Zeghib. arXiv:1205.6103.
    We present a list of open questions on various aspects of AdS geometry, that is, the geometry of Lorentz spaces of constant curvature $-1$. When possible we point out relations with homogeneous spaces and discrete subgroups of Lie groups, to Teichmüller theory, as well as analogs in hyperbolic geometry.

  • Color code:
    3-d hyperbolic geometry
    Teichmueller theory
    AdS or Lorentz geometry
    manifolds with boundary
    manifolds with "particles"
    circle patterns, polyhedral geometry, discrete geometry
    Hadamard matrices, integration over O(n), etc
    Outside mathematics