Given a compact surface , we consider the representation space
We show that the trace functions associated to multicurves on are linearly independent as functions on . The proof relies on the Fourier decomposition of the trace functions with respect to a torus action on associated to a pants decomposition of . Consequently the space of trace functions is isomorphic to the Kauffman skein algebra at of the thickened surface.
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Laurent Charles, Julien Marché, Multicurves and regular functions on the representation variety of a surface in SU(2). Comment. Math. Helv. 87 (2012), no. 2, pp. 409–431