Does anyone have a good, easily available reference for Hitchin systems, in particular ones with marked points? I need to get a feel for them in a hurry…any help at all would be appreciated.

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http://www.math.uchicago.edu/~mitya/langlands/hitchin/BD-hitchin.pdf

Here’s a reference.

one of my favorite refs is Donagi – Markman’s

long paper arXiv:alg-geom/9507017 –

in particular they describe the Hitchin system

with poles, also referred to as the Markman system

after Eyal’s thesis

hmm – I posted a comment yesterday

(recommending Donagi-Markman’s paper) and it

never appeared… then again same happened

at Secret Blogging, so maybe “it’s not you, it’s me”.

Hit my spam filter and I didn’t have internet access to push it through. Thanks for the references.