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Lorentzian Geometric Structures: A dynamical proof that Margulis spacetimes are tame February 09, 2015 (01:30 PM PST - 03:00 PM PST)
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Location: MSRI: Baker Board Room
Speaker(s) Bill Goldman
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This talk describes joint work with Suhyoung Choi.  A Margulis spacetime is a 3-dimensional affine space form M whose fundamental group is a finitely generated nonabelian free group. Equivalently, M is a quotient of 3-dimensional Minkowski space by a proper affine deformation of a Fuchsian subgroup G of SO(2,1). When G is a convex cocompact, we show M is homeomorphic to the interior of a compact manifold-with-boundary with a 3-dimensional real-projective structure. This implies that M is an open solid handlebody. The methods involve an orbit equivalence between the geodesic flow of the hyperbolic surface defined by G and the spacelike-Lorentzian geodesic flow on the flat 3-manifold M  (joint work with Francois Labourie and Gregory Margulis).  



Using quite different methods, this was independently proved by Jeffrey Danciger, François Guéritaud and Fanny Kassel.

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