Morse theory, Higgs fields, and Yang–Mills–Higgs functionals

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Abstract

In this mostly expository paper we describe applications of Morse theory to moduli spaces of Higgs bundles. The moduli spaces are finite-dimensional analytic varieties but they arise as quotients of infinite-dimensional spaces. There are natural functions for Morse theory on both the infinite-dimensional spaces and the finite-dimensional quotients. The first comes from the Yang–Mills–Higgs energy, while the second is provided by the Hitchin function. After describing what Higgs bundles are, we explore these functions and how they may be used to extract topological information about the moduli spaces.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-41
Number of pages41
JournalJournal of Fixed Point Theory and Applications
Volume11
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 27 Mar 2012

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