Tel-Aviv University
School of Mathematical Sciences

Department Colloquium

Monday, May 18, 2015

Schreiber 006, 12:15

Tsachik Gelander

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 Most hyperbolic manifolds are non-arithmetic

A celebrated result of Margulis asserts that finite volume locally symmetric manifolds of rank >1 are arithmetic. Corlette and Gromov-Schoen extended this result to rank one spaces, with the two exceptions of real and the complex hyperbolic.

A remarkable paper of Gromov and Piatetski-Shapiro establishes the existence of a non-arithmetic (real) hyperbolic manifold of finite volume, in any given dimension.

We prove that in fact almost all hyperbolic manifolds are non-arithmetic, with respect to a certain way of counting. Recall that two manifolds are commensurable if they share a common finite cover. Fixing the dimension d>3, and counting up to commensurability, we show that the number of non-arithmetic hyperbolic d-manifolds of volume bounded by V is super-exponential in V, while the number of arithmetic ones tends to be polynomial.

This is a joint work with Arie Levit.

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