Instantons and Bows for the Classical Groups

Sergey A. Cherkis, Jacques Hurtubise

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The construction of Atiyah, Drinfeld, Hitchin and Manin provided complete description of all instantons on Euclidean four-space. It was extended by Kronheimer and Nakajima to instantons on ALE spaces, resolutions of orbifolds R4 Γ by a finite subgroup ΓSU(2). We consider a similar classification, in the holomorphic context, of instantons on some of the next spaces in the hierarchy, the ALF multi-Taub-NUT manifolds, showing how they tie in to the bow solutions to Nahm's equations via the Nahm correspondence. Recently Nakajima and Takayama constructed the Coulomb branch of the moduli space of vacua of a quiver gauge theory, tying them to the same space of bow solutions. One can view our construction as describing the same manifold as the Higgs branch of the mirror gauge theory as described by Cherkis, O'Hara and Saemann. Our construction also yields the monad construction of holomorphic instanton bundles on the multi-Taub-NUT space for any classical compact Lie structure group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-386
Number of pages48
JournalQuarterly Journal of Mathematics
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics


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