Very stable bundles and properness of the Hitchin map

Research paper by Christian Pauly, Ana Peón-Nieto

Indexed on: 27 Oct '17Published on: 27 Oct '17Published in: arXiv - Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry


Let $X$ be a smooth complex projective curve of genus $g\geq 2$ and let $K$ be its canonical bundle. In this note we show that a stable vector bundle $E$ on $X$ is very stable, i.e. $E$ has no non-zero nilpotent Higgs field, if and only if the restriction of the Hitchin map to the vector space of Higgs fields $H^0(X, \mathrm{End}(E) \otimes K)$ is a proper map.