Notes on GIT and symplectic reduction for bundles and varieties

  title={Notes on GIT and symplectic reduction for bundles and varieties},
  author={Richard P. Thomas},
  journal={Surveys in differential geometry},
  • Richard P. Thomas
  • Published 17 December 2005
  • Mathematics
  • Surveys in differential geometry
These notes give an introduction to Geometric Invariant Theory and symplectic reduction, with lots of pictures and simple examples. We describe their applications to moduli of bundles and varieties, and their infinite dimensional analogues in gauge theory and the theory of special metrics on algebraic varieties. Donaldson's "quantisation" link between the infinite and finite dimensional situations is described, as are surprisingly strong connections between the bundle and variety cases. 
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