3-Manifold Seminar: A perfect Morse function on the SU(2) representation variety of a surface

Seminar | August 28 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall


 Department of Mathematics

Jeffrey and Weitsman showed that the space of (projective) representations of a surface group into $SU(2)$ admits a perfect Morse function. We'll discuss a direct proof of this by Michael Thaddeus, and an extension to representations of a punctured surface with prescribed holonomy about the punctures.