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Group systems, groupoids, and moduli spaces of parabolic bundles

Guruprasad, K and Huebschmann, J and Jeffrey, L and Weinstein, A (1997) Group systems, groupoids, and moduli spaces of parabolic bundles. In: Duke Mathematical Journal, 89 (2). pp. 377-412.

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Moduli spaces of homomorphisms or, more generally, twisted homomorphisms from fundamental groups of surfaces to compact connected Lie groups, were connected with geometry through their identification with moduli spaces of holomorphic vector bundles (see [29]). Atiyah and Bott [2] initiated a new approach to the study of these moduli spaces by identifying them with moduli spaces of projectively fiat constant central curvature connections on principal bundles over Riemann surfaces, which they analyzed by methods of gauge theory. In particular, they showed that an invariant inner product on the Lie algebra of the Lie group in question induces a natural symplectic structure on a certain smooth open stratum. Although this moduli space is a finite-dimensional object, generally a stratified space which is locally semialgebraic [19] but sometimes a manifold, its symplectic structure (on the stratum just mentioned) was obtained by applying the method of symplectic reduction to the action of an infinite-dimensional group (the group of gauge transformations) on an infinite-dimensional symplectic manifold (the space of all connections on a principal bundle).

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Duke Mathematical Journal
Publisher: Duke University Press
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Duke University Press.
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Mathematics
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2008 13:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/13101

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