1. CJM Online first
 Manon, Christopher

Toric geometry of $SL_2(\mathbb{C})$ free group character varieties from outer space
Culler and Vogtmann defined a simplicial space $O(g)$ called
outer space to study the outer automorphism group
of the free group $F_g$. Using representation theoretic methods,
we give an embedding of $O(g)$ into the analytification of $\mathcal{X}(F_g,
SL_2(\mathbb{C})),$ the $SL_2(\mathbb{C})$ character variety
of $F_g,$ reproving a result of Morgan and Shalen. Then we show
that every point $v$ contained in a maximal cell of $O(g)$ defines
a flat degeneration of $\mathcal{X}(F_g, SL_2(\mathbb{C}))$ to
a toric variety $X(P_{\Gamma})$. We relate $\mathcal{X}(F_g,
SL_2(\mathbb{C}))$ and $X(v)$ topologically by showing that there
is a surjective, continuous, proper map $\Xi_v: \mathcal{X}(F_g,
SL_2(\mathbb{C})) \to X(v)$. We then show that this map is a
symplectomorphism on a dense, open subset of $\mathcal{X}(F_g,
SL_2(\mathbb{C}))$ with respect to natural symplectic structures
on $\mathcal{X}(F_g, SL_2(\mathbb{C}))$ and $X(v)$. In this
way, we construct an integrable Hamiltonian system in $\mathcal{X}(F_g,
SL_2(\mathbb{C}))$ for each point in a maximal cell of $O(g)$,
and we show that each $v$ defines a topological decomposition
of $\mathcal{X}(F_g, SL_2(\mathbb{C}))$ derived from the decomposition
of $X(P_{\Gamma})$ by its torus orbits. Finally, we show that
the valuations coming from the closure of a maximal cell in $O(g)$
all arise as divisorial valuations built from an associated projective
compactification of $\mathcal{X}(F_g, SL_2(\mathbb{C})).$
Keywords:character variety, outer space, analytification, compactification, integrable system Categories:14M25, 14T05, 14D20 

2. CJM 2016 (vol 68 pp. 1096)
 Smith, Benjamin H.

Singular $G$Monopoles on $S^1\times \Sigma$
This article provides an account of the functorial correspondence
between irreducible singular $G$monopoles on $S^1\times \Sigma$
and $\vec{t}$stable meromorphic pairs on $\Sigma$.
A theorem of B. Charbonneau and J. Hurtubise
is thus generalized here from unitary to arbitrary
compact, connected gauge groups. The required distinctions and
similarities for unitary versus arbitrary gauge are clearly outlined
and many parallels are drawn for easy transition. Once the correspondence
theorem is complete, the spectral decomposition is addressed.
Keywords:connection, curvature, instanton, monopole, stability, Bogomolny equation, Sasakian geometry, cameral covers Categories:53C07, 14D20 

3. CJM 2016 (vol 68 pp. 504)
4. CJM 2011 (vol 63 pp. 755)
 Chu, Kenneth C. K.

On the Geometry of the Moduli Space of Real Binary Octics
The moduli space of smooth real binary octics has five connected
components. They parametrize the real binary octics whose defining
equations have $0,\dots,4$ complexconjugate pairs of roots
respectively. We show that each of these five components has a real
hyperbolic structure in the sense that each is isomorphic as a
realanalytic manifold to the quotient of an open dense subset of
$5$dimensional real hyperbolic space $\mathbb{RH}^5$ by the action of an
arithmetic subgroup of $\operatorname{Isom}(\mathbb{RH}^5)$. These subgroups are
commensurable to discrete hyperbolic reflection groups, and the
Vinberg diagrams of the latter are computed.
Keywords:real binary octics, moduli space, complex hyperbolic geometry, Vinberg algorithm Categories:32G13, 32G20, 14D05, 14D20 

5. CJM 2009 (vol 61 pp. 109)
 Coskun, Izzet; Harris, Joe; Starr, Jason

The Ample Cone of the Kontsevich Moduli Space
We produce ample (resp.\ NEF, eventually free) divisors in the
Kontsevich space $\Kgnb{0,n} (\mathbb P^r, d)$ of $n$pointed,
genus $0$, stable maps to $\mathbb P^r$, given such divisors in
$\Kgnb{0,n+d}$. We prove that this produces all ample (resp.\ NEF,
eventually free) divisors in $\Kgnb{0,n}(\mathbb P^r,d)$.
As a consequence, we construct a contraction of the boundary
$\bigcup_{k=1}^{\lfloor d/2 \rfloor} \Delta_{k,dk}$ in
$\Kgnb{0,0}(\mathbb P^r,d)$, analogous to a contraction of
the boundary $\bigcup_{k=3}^{\lfloor n/2 \rfloor}
\tilde{\Delta}_{k,nk}$ in $\kgnb{0,n}$ first constructed by Keel
and McKernan.
Categories:14D20, 14E99, 14H10 

6. CJM 2003 (vol 55 pp. 766)
 Kerler, Thomas

Homology TQFT's and the AlexanderReidemeister Invariant of 3Manifolds via Hopf Algebras and Skein Theory
We develop an explicit skeintheoretical algorithm to compute the
Alexander polynomial of a 3manifold from a surgery presentation
employing the methods used in the construction of quantum invariants
of 3manifolds. As a prerequisite we establish and prove a rather
unexpected equivalence between the topological quantum field theory
constructed by Frohman and Nicas using the homology of
$U(1)$representation varieties on the one side and the
combinatorially constructed Hennings TQFT based on the quasitriangular
Hopf algebra $\mathcal{N} = \mathbb{Z}/2 \ltimes \bigwedge^*
\mathbb{R}^2$ on the other side. We find that both TQFT's are $\SL
(2,\mathbb{R})$equivariant functors and, as such, are isomorphic.
The $\SL (2,\mathbb{R})$action in the Hennings construction comes
from the natural action on $\mathcal{N}$ and in the case of the
FrohmanNicas theory from the HardLefschetz decomposition of the
$U(1)$moduli spaces given that they are naturally K\"ahler. The
irreducible components of this TQFT, corresponding to simple
representations of $\SL(2,\mathbb{Z})$ and $\Sp(2g,\mathbb{Z})$, thus
yield a large family of homological TQFT's by taking sums and products.
We give several examples of TQFT's and invariants that appear to fit
into this family, such as Milnor and Reidemeister Torsion,
SeibergWitten theories, Casson type theories for homology circles
{\it \`a la} Donaldson, higher rank gauge theories following Frohman
and Nicas, and the $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ reductions of
ReshetikhinTuraev theories over the cyclotomic integers $\mathbb{Z}
[\zeta_p]$. We also conjecture that the Hennings TQFT for
quantum$\mathfrak{sl}_2$ is the product of the ReshetikhinTuraev
TQFT and such a homological TQFT.
Categories:57R56, 14D20, 16W30, 17B37, 18D35, 57M27 

7. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 1235)
 Hurtubise, J. C.; Jeffrey, L. C.

Representations with Weighted Frames and Framed Parabolic Bundles
There is a wellknown correspondence (due to Mehta and Seshadri in
the unitary case, and extended by Bhosle and Ramanathan to other
groups), between the symplectic variety $M_h$ of representations of
the fundamental group of a punctured Riemann surface into a compact
connected Lie group~$G$, with fixed conjugacy classes $h$ at the
punctures, and a complex variety ${\cal M}_h$ of holomorphic bundles
on the unpunctured surface with a parabolic structure at the puncture
points. For $G = \SU(2)$, we build a symplectic variety $P$ of pairs
(representations of the fundamental group into $G$, ``weighted frame''
at the puncture points), and a corresponding complex variety ${\cal
P}$ of moduli of ``framed parabolic bundles'', which encompass
respectively all of the spaces $M_h$, ${\cal M}_h$, in the sense that
one can obtain $M_h$ from $P$ by symplectic reduction, and ${\cal
M}_h$ from ${\cal P}$ by a complex quotient. This allows us to
explain certain features of the toric geometry of the $\SU(2)$ moduli
spaces discussed by Jeffrey and Weitsman, by giving the actual toric
variety associated with their integrable system.
Categories:58F05, 14D20 

8. CJM 1998 (vol 50 pp. 581)
 Kamiyama, Yasuhiko

The homology of singular polygon spaces
Let $M_n$ be the variety of spatial polygons $P= (a_1, a_2, \dots,
a_n)$ whose sides are vectors $a_i \in \text{\bf R}^3$ of length
$\vert a_i \vert=1 \; (1 \leq i \leq n),$ up to motion in
$\text{\bf R}^3.$ It is known that for odd $n$, $M_n$ is a
smooth manifold, while for even $n$, $M_n$ has conelike singular
points. For odd $n$, the rational homology of $M_n$ was determined
by Kirwan and Klyachko [6], [9]. The purpose of this paper is to
determine the rational homology of $M_n$ for even $n$. For even
$n$, let ${\tilde M}_n$ be the manifold obtained from $M_n$ by the
resolution of the singularities. Then we also determine the
integral homology of ${\tilde M}_n$.
Keywords:singular polygon space, homology Categories:14D20, 57N65 
