Rank One Higgs Bundles and Representations of Fundamental Groups of Riemann Surfaces
Abstract
This expository paper details the theory of rank one Higgs bundles over a closed Riemann surface X and their relationship to representations of the fundamental group of X. We construct an equivalence between the deformation theories of flat connections and Higgs pairs. This provides an identification of moduli spaces arising in different contexts. The moduli spaces are real Lie groups. From each context arises a complex structure, and the different complex structures define a hyperKaehlerstructure. The twistor space, real forms, and various group actions are computed explicitly in terms of the Jacobian of X. We describe the moduli spaces and their geometry in terms of the Riemann period matrix of X. This is the simplest case of the theory developed by Hitchin, Simpson and others. We emphasize its formal aspects that generalize to higher rank Higgs bundles over higher dimensional Kaehler manifolds.
 Publication:

arXiv Mathematics eprints
 Pub Date:
 February 2004
 arXiv:
 arXiv:math/0402429
 Bibcode:
 2004math......2429G
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Differential Geometry;
 Mathematics  Algebraic Geometry;
 14D20 (Primary);
 14H60 (Secondary)
 EPrint:
 Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society. 193 (2008), no. 904 , viii+69 pp