Department of Mathematics


  •  Charles Ouyang, UMass Amherst
  •  Compactifications of Hitchin components
  •  01/18/2023
  •  4:10 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  C304 Wells Hall (Virtual Meeting Link)
  •  Sabrina M Walton (

Hitchin components are natural generalizations of the classical Teichmüller space. In the setting of SL(3,R), the Hitchin component parameterizes the holonomies of convex real projective structures, which are related to hyperbolic affine spheres. By studying Blaschke metrics, which are Riemannian metrics associated to hyperbolic affine spheres, along with their limits, we obtain a compactification of the SL(3,R)-Hitchin component. We show the boundary objects are hybrid structures, which are in part flat metric and in part laminar. These hybrid objects are natural generalizations of measured laminations, which are the boundary objects in Thurston's compactification of Teichmüller space.



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