, Volume 93, Issue 1, pp 29-71

Representation varieties of the fundamental groups of compact orientable surfaces

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Abstract

We show that the representation variety for the surface group in characteristic zero is (absolutely) irreducible and rational over ℚ.

This work was supported in part by the International Science Foundation (Grant No. MWQ000).
Visiting the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA) in 1992–94.