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Volume and angle structures on 3-manifoldsGeometry/Topology
|Speaker: ||BATS at Davis, Feng Luo, Rutgers Univ|
|Location: ||1147 MSB|
|Start time: ||Tue, May 13 2008, 2:30PM|
Abstract We introduce a finite dimensional variational approach to find constant
curvature metrics on triangulated closed 3-manifolds. The concept of an angle
structure on a tetrahedron and on a triangulated closed 3-manifold is introduced.
Each angle structure has a nature volume. The main result shows that for a
1-vertex triangulation of a closed 3-manifold if the volume function on the space
of all angle structures has a local maximum point, then either the manifold
admits a constant curvature Riemannian metric, or the manifold is reducible.