Quantum trace maps for skein algebras

Dissertation Defense
Friday, April 7, 2023 - 2:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Tao Yu – Georgia Institute of Technology – tyu70@gatech.edu
Tao Yu

We study quantizations of SL_n-character varieties, which appears as moduli spaces for many geometric structures. Our main goal is to establish the existence of several quantum trace maps. In the classical limit, they reduce to the Fock-Goncharov trace maps, which are coordinate charts on moduli spaces of SL_n-local systems used in higher Teichmuller theory. In the quantized theory, the algebras are replaced with non-commutative deformations. The domains of the quantum trace maps are the SL_n-skein algebra and the reduced skein algebra, and the codomains are quantum tori, which are non-commutative analogs of Laurent polynomial algebras. In this talk, I will review the classical theory and sketch the definition of the quantum trace maps.