Algebraic and Geometric Topology 5 (2005), paper no. 40, pages 965-997.

Deformations of reducible representations of 3-manifold groups into PSL_2(C)

Michael Heusener, Joan Porti

Abstract. Let M a 3-manifold with torus boundary which is a rational homology circle. We study deformations of reducible representations of p_1(M) into PSL_2(C) associated to a simple zero of the twisted Alexander polynomial. We also describe the local structure of the representation and character varieties.

Keywords. Variety of representations, character variety, rational homology circle

AMS subject classification. Primary: 57M27. Secondary: 20C99; 57M05.

E-print: arXiv:math.GT/0411365

DOI: 10.2140/agt.2005.5.965

Submitted: 16 November 2004. (Revised: 30 May 2005.) Accepted: 25 July 2005. Published: 11 August 2005.

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Michael Heusener, Joan Porti
Laboratoire de Mathematiques, Universite Blaise Pascal
63177, Aubiere Cedex, France
Departament de Matematiques, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
E-08193 Bellaterra, Spain

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