nLab spectral curve



Roughly speaking, a spectral curve is a locus of zeros of the characteristic polynomial of the Lax matrix of a classical integrable system.

Hitchin has taken a deeper geometric point of view in terms of the moduli space of stable vector bundles of fixed rank rr and degree dd over a fixed projective nonsingular curve Σ\Sigma of genus gg. A point in the cotangent bundle of this bundle is a stable vector bundle equipped with a 1-form valued endomorphism; to each such datum one associates a spectral curve.


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Quantum spectral curve:

  • V. Talalaev, The quantum Gaudin system, Funct. Anal. Appl. 40, 73–77 (2006) ( Квантовая система Годена, Функц. анализ и его прил. 40, вып. 1, 2006, с. 86–91, pdf)

  • Д. Талалаев, А. Червов, Уравнение КЗ, G-оперы, квантовая редукция Дринфельда–Соколова и квантовое тождество Гамильтона–Кэли, Zapiski Naučnyh Seminarov POMI 360, 2008, 246–259, pdf; Engl, transl. in J. Math, Sci. (New York), 2009, 158:6, 904–911, doi

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