Spinors, Lagrangians and rank 2 Higgs bundles


Hitchin, N

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20 May 2016

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The paper considers the Dirac operator on a Riemann surface coupled to a symplectic holomorphic vector bundle W. Each spinor in the null-space generates through the moment map a Higgs bundle, and varying W one obtains a holomorphic Lagrangian subvariety in the moduli space of Higgs bundles. Applying this to the irreducible symplectic representations of SL(2) we obtain Lagrangian submanifolds of the rank 2 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.

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