Holomorphic volume forms on representation varieties of surfaces with boundary
Annales Henri Lebesgue, Volume 3 (2020), pp. 341-380.


Keywords representation varieties, volume forms


For closed and oriented hyperbolic surfaces, a formula of Witten establishes an equality between two volume forms on the space of representations of the surface in a semisimple Lie group. One of the forms is a Reidemeister torsion, the other one is the power of the Atiyah–Bott–Goldman–Narasimhan symplectic form. We introduce an holomorphic volume form on the space of representations of the circle, so that, for surfaces with boundary, it appears as peripheral term in the generalization of Witten’s formula. We compute explicit volume and symplectic forms for some simple surfaces and for the Lie group SL N ().


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