January 11, 2018
TITLE: On the asymptotic geometry of the Hitchin metric
ABSTRACT: I will report on recent joint work with Rafe Mazzeo, Jan Swoboda and Frederik Witt on the asymptotic geometry of the Hitchin metric. This is the natural metric on the moduli space of Higgs bundles. We describe the difference to a more elementary semiflat metric, thus confirming part of a more general proposal of Gaiotto, Moore and Neitzke.