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We will tell the story of affine deformations of surfaces with fundamental group of F_2 from the Lorentzian geometry point of view. In particular, the space of proper affine deformations of these surfaces is tiled by the affine deformations corresponding to a basis (or superbasis) of the underlying linear group. In the case of the three-holed sphere and the two-holed cross surface, there is one tile. The tiling of the space of proper affine deformations of the one-holed torus is much richer and mimics the Farey tessellation of the hyperbolic plane.
This story will have a Prologue. We will give a nuts and bolts introduction to crooked planes, how to put them together into « ideal triangulations », and how to pull them apart in disjoint configurations.No Notes/Supplements Uploaded No Video Files Uploaded