Higgs Bundles and Characteristic Classes

  • Nigel HitchinEmail author
Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (PM, volume 319)


Sixty years ago Hirzebruch observed how the vanishing of the Stiefel–Whitney class w2 led to integrality of the \(\hat{A}\)-genus of an algebraic variety [Hirz1]. This was one motivation for the Atiyah–Singer index theorem but also for my own thesis about Dirac operators and Kähler manifolds. Indeed the interaction between topology and algebraic geometry which he developed has been a constant theme in virtually all my work.


Modulus Space Vector Bundle Line Bundle Abelian Variety Spectral Curve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mathematical InstituteRadcliffe Observatory QuarterOxfordUK

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