We consider word maps and word maps with constants on a simple algebraic group G. We present results on the images of such maps, in particular, we prove a theorem on the dominance of “general” word maps with constants, which can be viewed as an analogue of a well-known theorem of Borel on the dominance of genuine word maps. Besides, we establish a relationship between the existence of unipotents in the image of the map induced by w∈Fm and the structure of the representation variety R(Γw,G) of the group Γw=Fm/〈w〉.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The research of the first author was supported by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation and RFBR grant 14-01-00820 . The research of the second and third authors was supported by ISF grants 1207/12 , 1623/16 and the Emmy Noether Research Institute for Mathematics .
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- Algebraic groups
- Representation varieties
- Word maps