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Higgs bundles and the topology of higher Teichm├╝ller spaces

Algebraic Geometry and Number Theory Seminar

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2024 13:00 - 15:00
Speaker: Oscar Garcia-Prada (ICMAT, Madrid)
Location: Heinzel Seminar Room (I21.EG.101), Office Building West, ISTA
Series: Mathematics and CS Seminar
Host: Tamas Hausel

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 spaces are generalizations of this for certain  non-compact real Lie groups of higher rank. Using the theory of Higgs bundles, we can exploit the non-abelian Hodge correspondence and the more recently obtained Cayley correspondence, to address the study of the topology of higher Teichmüller spaces. In particular, we will compute the intersection cohomology of certain singular higher Teichmüller spaces.


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