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We describe a set of coordinates on the PU(2,1)-representation variety of the fundamental group of an oriented punctured surface $S$ with negative Euler characteristic. The main technical tool we use is a set of geometric invariants of a triple of flags in the complex hyperpolic plane. We establish a bijection between a set of decorations of an ideal triangulation of $S$ and a subset of the PU(2,1)-representation variety of $\pi_1(S)$.

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Let $f$ and $g$ be two elliptic elements in $\mathbf{PU}(2,1)$ of order $m$ and $n$ respectively, where $m\geq n>2$. We prove that if the distance $\delta(f,g)$ between the complex lines or points fixed by $f$ and $g$ is large than a certain number, then the group $< f, g >$ is discrete nonelementary and isomorphic to the free product $\mathbf{Z}_{m}*\mathbf{Z}_{n}$.

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We construct two infinite families of ball quotient compactifications birational to bielliptic surfaces. For each family, the volume spectrum of the associated noncompact finite volume ball quotient surfaces is the set of all positive integral multiples of $\frac{8}{3}\pi^{2}$, i.e., they attain all possible volumes of complex hyperbolic $2$-manifolds. The surfaces in one of the two families have all $2$-cusps, so that we can saturate the entire volume spectrum with $2$-cusped manifolds. Finally, we show that the associated neat lattices have infinite abelianization and finitely generated commutator subgroup. These appear to be the first known nonuniform lattices in $\mathrm{PU}(2,1)$, and the first infinite tower, with this property.

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We examine the dependence of the deformation obtained by bending quasi-Fuchsian structures on the bending lamination. We show that when we consider bending quasi-Fuchsian structures on a closed surface, the conditions obtained by Epstein and Marden to relate weak convergence of arbitrary laminations to the convergence of bending cocycles are not necessary. Bending may not be continuous on the set of all measured laminations. However we show that if we restrict our attention to laminations with non negative real and imaginary parts then the deformation depends continuously on the lamination.

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We consider the space of all quasifuchsian metrics on the product of a surface with the real line. We show that, in a neighborhood of the submanifold consisting of fuchsian metrics, every non-fuchsian metric is completely determined by the bending data of its convex core.

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This paper describes a general algorithm for finding the commensurator of a non-arithmetic cusped hyperbolic manifold, and for deciding when two such manifolds are commensurable. The method is based on some elementary observations regarding horosphere packings and canonical cell decompositions. For example, we use this to find the commensurators of all non-arithmetic hyperbolic once-punctured torus bundles over the circle. For hyperbolic 3-manifolds, the algorithm has been implemented using Goodman's computer program Snap. We use this to determine the commensurability classes of all cusped hyperbolic 3-manifolds triangulated using at most 7 ideal tetrahedra, and for the complements of hyperbolic knots and links with up to 12 crossings.

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In this paper, we give a parameterization of the SU(2,1) representation space of the Brieskorn homology spheres using the trace coordinates. As applications, we give an example which shows that the orbifold Toledo invariant in \cite{krebs} does not distinguish the connected components of the PU(2,1) representation space.

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From its creation in 1989 through subsequent extensions, the widely-used "SnapPea census" now aims to represent all cusped finite-volume hyperbolic 3-manifolds that can be obtained from <= 8 ideal tetrahedra. Its construction, however, has relied on inexact computations and some unproven (though reasonable) assumptions, and so its completeness was never guaranteed. For the first time, we prove here that the census meets its aim: we rigorously certify that every ideal 3-manifold triangulation with <= 8 tetrahedra is either (i) homeomorphic to one of the census manifolds, or (ii) non-hyperbolic. In addition, we extend the census to 9 tetrahedra, and likewise prove this to be complete. We also present the first list of all minimal triangulations of all census manifolds, including non-geometric as well as geometric triangulations.

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I review several old/new approaches to the string/gauge correspondence for the cusped/lightcone Wilson loops. The main attention is payed to SYM perturbation theory calculations at two loops and beyond and to the cusped loop equation. These three introductory lectures were given at the 48 Cracow School of Theoretical Physics: "Aspects of Duality", June 13-22, 2008, Zakopane, Poland.

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We show that if a homeomorphism between the ideal boundaries of two Fuchsian buildings preserves the combinatorial cross ratio almost everywhere, then it extends to an isomorphism between the Fuchsian buildings. It follows that Mostow rigidity holds for Fuchsian buildings: if a group acts properly and cocompactly on two Fuchsian buildings X and Y, then X and Y are equivariantly isomorphic.