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The $L^2$ geometry of vortex moduli spaces

Presented by: 
M Speight [Leeds]
Date: 
Thursday 24th February 2011 - 15:30 to 16:30
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 1
Abstract: 
Let L be a hermitian line bundle over a Riemann surface X. A vortex is a pair consisting of a section of and a connexion on L satisfying a certain pair of coupled differential equations similar to the Hitchin equations. The moduli space of vortices is topologically rather simple. The interesting point is that it has a canonical kaehler structure, geodesics of which are conjectured to approximate the low energy dynamics of vortices. In this talk I will review what is known about this kaehler geometry, focussing mainly on the cases where X is the plane, sphere or hyperbolic plane.
University of Cambridge Research Councils UK
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