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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

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

Sir Michael Atiyah

Oxford University Press

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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