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Random Unitary Representations of Surface Groups II: The large n limit

Magee, Michael

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Let Σg be a closed surface of genus g ≥ 2 and Γg denote the fundamental group of Σg. We establish a generalization of Voiculescu’s theorem on the asymptotic ∗-freeness of Haar unitary matrices from free groups to Γg. We prove that for a random representation of Γg into SU(n), with law given by the volume form arising from the Atiyah-Bott- Goldman symplectic form on moduli space, the expected value of the trace of a fixed non-identity element of Γg is bounded as n → ∞. The proof involves an interplay between Dehn’s work on the word problem in Γg and classical invariant theory.

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Magee, M. (in press). Random Unitary Representations of Surface Groups II: The large n limit. Geometry & Topology,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 15, 2023
Deposit Date Jul 19, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 19, 2023
Journal Geometry & Topology
Print ISSN 1465-3060
Electronic ISSN 1364-0380
Publisher Mathematical Sciences Publishers (MSP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1168582
Publisher URL https://msp.org/gt/2024/28-2/index.xhtml

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