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The Many Facets of GeometryA Tribute to Nigel Hitchin$
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Oscar Garcia-Prada, Jean Pierre Bourguignon, and Simon Salamon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199534920

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534920.001.0001

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Mathematical Work of Nigel Hitchin

Mathematical Work of Nigel Hitchin

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(p.11) II Mathematical Work of Nigel Hitchin
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The Many Facets of Geometry
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Sir Michael Atiyah

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199534920.003.0002

This chapter reviews selected topics covered in Nigel Hitchin's papers. These include his introduction of the spectral curve of a magnetic monopole, the introduction by Nigel of ‘Higgs bundles’ in 1987, and the work of Nigel and his collaborators on the hyperkähler quotient construction.

Keywords:   spectral curve, magnetic monopole, Higgs bundles, hyperkähler quotient

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