Volume of representations

Geometry & Topology
Event time: 
Thursday, November 16, 2006 - 11:30am to Wednesday, November 15, 2006 - 7:00pm
431 DL
Stephan Tillmann
Speaker affiliation: 
Event description: 

I describe a volume function defined on the set of
representations of the fundamental group of an n-dimensional manifold into
the group of isometries of hyperbolic n-space. This function has humour:
its definition is somewhat technical and messy, but many of its properties
and applications are elegant and easy to state. This talk explores some of
the properties and applications and is largely based on joint work with
Steve Boyer.