Finite braid group orbits on $SL_2$-character varieties

Author:

Yeuk Hay Joshua Lam, Aaron Landesman, Daniel Litt

Keyword:

Mathematics, Algebraic Geometry, Algebraic Geometry (math.AG), Dynamical Systems (math.DS)

journal:

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date:

2023-08-01 16:00:00

Abstract

Let X be a 2-sphere with n punctures. We classify all conjugacy classes of Zariski-dense representations $$\rho: \pi_1(X)\to SL_2(\mathbb{C})$$ with finite orbit under the mapping class group of X, such that the local monodromy at one or more punctures has infinite order. We show that all such representations are "of pullback type" or arise via middle convolution from finite complex reflection groups. In particular, we classify all rank 2 local systems of geometric origin on the projective line with n generic punctures, and with local monodromy of infinite order about at least one puncture.