Title: $SL_k$ character varieties and quantum cluster algebras

Date: 04/04/2019

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

briefly recall a combinatorial approach to the description and quantization of Teichmuller spaces of Riemann surfaces $\Sigma_{g,s}$ of genus $g$ with $s$ holes and algebras of geodesic functions on these surfaces. We describe sets of geodesic functions in W.Thurston shear coordinates based on an ideal triangle decomposition of Riemann surfaces with holes and demonstrate the polynomiality and positivity properties of the corresponding geodesic functions. In the algebraic setting, these sets are related to traces of monodromies of $SL_2$ connection on $\Sigma_{g,s}$, and Darboux-type Poisson and quantum relations on shear coordinates were proven to generate Goldman brackets on geodesic functions. I will describe these structures and their recent generalizations to $SL_2$ and $SL_n$ (decorated) character varieties on Riemann surfaces $\Sigma_{g,s,n}$ with holes and $n$ marked points on hole boundaries and how it is interlaced with cluster algebras, reflection equations, and groupoids of upper triangular matrices. [Based on work in collaboration with M.Mazzocco, V.Roubtsov, and M.Shapiro.]