Spinors, Lagrangians and rank 2 Higgs bundles

Author: 

Hitchin, N

Publication Date: 

19 March 2017

Journal: 

Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society

Last Updated: 

2021-07-26T13:09:10.693+01:00

Issue: 

1

Volume: 

115

DOI: 

10.1112/plms.12034

page: 

33-54

abstract: 

This article considers the Dirac operator on a Riemann surface coupled to a symplectic holomorphic vector bundle W . Each spinor in the null‐space (which is a holomorphic section of W ⊗ K 1 / 2 ) generates through the moment map a Higgs field Φ , and varying W one obtains a holomorphic Lagrangian subvariety in the moduli space of Higgs bundles. Applying this to the irreducible symplectic representations of S L ( 2 , C ) we obtain Lagrangian submanifolds of the rank 2 Higgs bundle moduli space which link up with m ‐period points on the Prym variety of the spectral curve as well as Brill‐Noether loci on the moduli space of semistable bundles. The case of genus 2 is investigated in some detail.

Symplectic id: 

1063789

Submitted to ORA: 

Submitted

Publication Type: 

Journal Article