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Fine structure of the space of
Abstract: The space of congruence classes of full spherical minimal immersions of a given source dimension and algebraic degree is a compact convex body in a representation space of the special orthogonal group . In Ann. of Math. 93 (1971), 43--62 DoCarmo and Wallach gave a lower bound for and conjectured that the estimate was sharp. Toth resolved this ``exact dimension conjecture'' positively so that all irreducible components of became known. The purpose of the present paper is to characterize each irreducible component of in terms of the spherical minimal immersions represented by the slice . Using this geometric insight, the recent examples of DeTurck and Ziller are located within .
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