The scientific program will start on Wednesday, May 3, 2017
in the afternoon and last till
Friday, May 5, 2017
in the afternoon.
A poster session will be organized if at least 4 participants are willing to present a poster. In case you are interested in participating and presenting a poster, please indicate it when registering.
- Gérard Besson
Some open subsets of S3 (also math dept colloquium)
We will describe in a very elementary way the geometry and
topology of some open subsets of S3. They are open 3-manifolds, some
with very interesting topology. The geometry is much less understood and
we will state some of the known results and address interesting
questions in geometry as well as in analysis.
- Olivier Glorieux
Hausdorff dimension and critical exponent of Quasi-Fuchsian Anti-de Sitter manifolds
The aim is to explain how classical invariants and theorems in the hyperbolic setting can be extended to the Anti-de Sitter (AdS) setting.
We are first going to explain how we can define a good notion of growth for certain groups acting on AdS manifolds. Then how we can extend the notion of Hausdorff dimension of limit set on the boundary of AdS. We will finally explain how to get a rigid bound for these invariants in dimension 3. This is a joint work with D. Monclair.
- Clément Guérin
The Fricke space of the 1-holed Klein bottle
The Fricke space of the 1-holed Klein bottle can be identified to a subset of a real form of the character variety of a free group F_2 of rank 2 into SL(2,C). In their article (arXiv : 1509.03790), Goldman, McShane, Stantchev and Tan study the action of automorphisms of F_2 on this real form. They prove that the Fricke space of the 1-holed Klein bottle is dense in this real form on each level set for the commutator trace. I will explain why it should be expected that the complementary is of measure zero.
- Inkang Kim
Gromov Simplicial volume, Barycenter method, and Bounded cohomology
We prove that the locally finite simplicial volume of most Q-rank 1 locally symmetric spaces is positive. We combine the method of Gromov's bounded cohomology theory, Besson-Courtois-Gallot and Connell-Farb's barycenter method, and symmetric space geometry.
- Sadayoshi Kojima
On the moduli space of equilateral plane pentagons
This is a joint work with Stephan Klaus at MFO. We give
a new proof of the known result that the moduli space of
equilateral plane pentagons is a closed surface of genus 4.
Moreover, we provide a new algebraic description of this
space, also in the non-equilateral case, as a real affine
algebraic surface defined by a polynomial of degree 12.
This allows a visualization using the Surfer software.
- Greg McShane
Sets of Geodesics and commensurability
Let Γ be a Fuchsian group. We denote by ax(Γ) the set of axes of hyperbolic elements of Γ. Define Fuchsian groups Γ_1 and Γ_2 to be isoaxial if ax(Γ_1) = ax(Γ_2). Reid and Long proved the following theorem.
Theorem. Let Γ_1 and Γ_2 be isoaxial *arithmetic* Fuchsian groups. Then Γ_1 and Γ_2 are commensurable.
We will discuss the general case in particular showing that generically ax(Γ) determines the commensurability class of Γ. We will also show that the Birman Series set determines a closed surface up to isometry.
- Hugo Parlier
Interrogating length spectra and quantifying isospectral finiteness
Associated to a closed hyperbolic surface is its length spectrum, the set of the lengths of all of its closed geodesics. Two surfaces are said to be isospectral if they share the same length spectrum. There are different methods to produce surfaces that are isospectral but not isometric, the most successful one based on a technique introduced by Sunada.
The talk will be about the following questions and how they relate:
The approach to these questions will include finding adapted coordinate sets for moduli spaces and exploring McShane type identities.
- How many questions do you need to ask a length spectrum to determine it?
- Among all surfaces of given genus, how many can be isospectral but not isometric?
- Ser Peow Tan
Hyperbolic jigsaws and families of pseudomodular groups
It is well known that the modular group PSL(2,Z) has cusp set all of the rationals. A Fuchsian group which has cusp set all of the rationals but which is not commensurable to PSL(2,Z) is called a pseudomodular group. Long and Reid found some examples of pseudomodular groups (4 commensurability classes, in fact) and asked if there were infinitely many commensurability classes of pseudomodular groups. In this talk we will describe a way to construct Fuchsian groups by a hyperbolic jigsaw construction and answer the question in the affirmative. This is joint work with Beicheng Lou and Anh Duc Vo.
- Graeme Wilkin
The reverse Yang-Mills-Higgs flow in the neighbourhood of a critical point
The Yang-Mills-Higgs flow was originally studied by Simpson in the context of constructing Hermitian-Einstein metrics on Higgs bundles. Methods of Donaldson and Simpson show that the Yang-Mills-Higgs flow resembles a nonlinear heat equation on the space of Hermitian metrics on the bundle and therefore the downwards flow is well-behaved with respect to existence and uniqueness, and it also has nice smoothing properties. On the other hand, the reverse flow is ill-posed and therefore even existence of solutions is not guaranteed.
In this talk I will describe a new method to construct long-time solutions to the reverse Yang-Mills-Higgs flow that converge to a given critical point. The methods naturally lead to an algebraic criterion for two critical points to be connected by a flow line and a geometric condition to distinguish between broken and unbroken flow lines in terms of secant varieties of the underlying curve. I will then show how the same ideas can be applied to moment map flows on the space of representations of a quiver with relations, and that this can be used to develop a Morse theory on this space.
- Andrew Yarmola
Hyperbolic 3-manifolds with low cusp volume
For a cusped hyperbolic 3-manifold, one can consider the volume of the maximal horoball neighborhood of a cusp. In this talk, we will present preliminary results for classifying the infinite families of hyperbolic 3-manifolds of cusp volume < 2.62 and the implications of this classification. These families are of particular interest as they exhibit the largest number of exceptional Dehn fillings. Our classification also gives a direct path to classify the first 3 smallest volume closed hyperbolic manifolds. As in some other results on hyperbolic 3-manifolds of low volume, our technique utilizes a rigorous computer assisted search. This talk will focus on providing sufficient background to explain our approach and describe our conclusions. This work is joint with David Gabai, Robert Meyerhoff, Nathaniel Thurston, and Robert Haraway.