Christian Pauly, Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis
On very stable bundles

A very stable vector bundle over a curve is a vector bundle having no non-zero nilpotent Higgs fields. They were introduced by Drinfeld and studied by Laumon in connection with the nilpotent cone of the Hitchin system. According to Drinfeld non-very stable bundles, also called wobbly bundles, form a divisor in the moduli space of vector bundles. In this talk I will try to explain the motivations for studying the properties of wobbly divisors, with a special focus on the rank-2 (joint work with S. Pal) and rank-3 case (joint work with A. Peon-Nieto).

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