A stratification on the moduli spaces of symplectic and orthogonal bundles over a curve
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Original versionChoe, I., & Hitching, G. H. (2014). A stratification on the moduli spaces of symplectic and orthogonal bundles over a curve. International Journal of Mathematics, 25(05). http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0129167X14500475
A symplectic or orthogonal bundle V of rank 2n over a curve has an invariant t(V) which measures the maximal degree of its isotropic subbundles of rank n. This invariant t defines stratifications on moduli spaces of symplectic and orthogonal bundles. We study this stratification by relating it to another one given by secant varieties in certain extension spaces. We give a sharp upper bound on t(V), which generalizes the classical Nagata bound for ruled surfaces and the Hirschowitz bound for vector bundles, and study the structure of the stratifications on the moduli spaces. In particular, we compute the dimension of each stratum. We give a geometric interpretation of the number of maximal Lagrangian subbundles of a general symplectic bundle, when this is finite. We also observe some interesting features of orthogonal bundles which do not arise for symplectic bundles, essentially due to the richer topological structure of the moduli space in the orthogonal case.