Seminar in Real and Complex Geometry

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 16:00-17:30, online (via zoom)

Arielle Leitner
(Weizmann Institute of Science)

Deformations of Generalized Cusps on Convex Projective Manifolds


Convex projective manifolds are a generalization of hyperbolic manifolds. Koszul showed that the set of holonomies of convex projective structures on a compact manifold is open in the representation variety. We will describe an extension of this result to convex projective manifolds whose ends are generalized cusps, due to Cooper-Long-Tillmann. Generalized cusps are certain ends of convex projective manifolds. They may contain both hyperbolic and parabolic elements. We will describe their classification (due to Ballas-Cooper-Leitner), and explain how generalized cusps turn out to be deformations of cusps of hyperbolic manifolds. We will also explore the moduli space of generalized cusps, it is a semi-algebraic set of dimension n^2-n, contractible, and may be studied using several different invariants. For the case of three manifolds, the moduli space is homeomorphic to R^2 times a cone on a solid torus.