Ratio coordinates for higher Teichmüller spaces

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Abstract

We define new coordinates for Fock–Goncharov’s higher Teichmüller spaces for a surface with holes, which are the moduli spaces of representations of the fundamental group into a reductive Lie group G. Some additional data on the boundary leads to two closely related moduli spaces, the (Formula presented.) -space and the (Formula presented.) -space, forming a cluster ensemble. Fock and Goncharov gave nice descriptions of the coordinates of these spaces in the cases of (Formula presented.) and (Formula presented.) , together with Poisson structures. We consider new coordinates for higher Teichmüller spaces given as ratios of the coordinates of the (Formula presented.) -space for (Formula presented.) , which are generalizations of Kashaev’s ratio coordinates in the case (Formula presented.). Using Kashaev’s quantization for (Formula presented.) , we suggest a quantization of the system of these new ratio coordinates, which may lead to a new family of projective representations of mapping class groups. These ratio coordinates depend on the choice of an ideal triangulation decorated with a distinguished corner at each triangle, and the key point of the quantization is to guarantee certain consistency under a change of such choices. We prove this consistency for (Formula presented.) , and for completeness we also give a full proof of the presentation of Kashaev’s groupoid of decorated ideal triangulations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-513
Number of pages45
JournalMathematische Zeitschrift
Volume283
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016

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