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A construction of Spin(7)-instantons


Joyce constructed examples of compact eight-manifolds with holonomy Spin(7), starting with a Calabi–Yau four-orbifold with isolated singular points of a special kind. That construction can be seen as the gluing of ALE Spin(7)-manifolds to each singular point of the Calabi–Yau four-orbifold divided by an anti-holomorphic involution fixing only the singular points. On the other hand, there are higher-dimensional analogues of anti-self-dual instantons in four dimensions on Spin(7)-manifolds, which are called Spin(7)-instantons. They are minimizers of the Yang–Mills action, and the Spin(7)-instanton equation together with a gauge fixing condition forms an elliptic system. In this article, we construct Spin(7)-instantons on the examples of compact Spin(7)-manifolds above, starting with Hermitian–Einstein connections on the Calabi–Yau four-orbifolds and ALE spaces. Under some assumptions on the Hermitian–Einstein connections, we glue them together to obtain Spin(7)-instantons on the compact Spin(7)-manifolds. We also give a simple example of our construction.

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Tanaka, Y. A construction of Spin(7)-instantons. Ann Glob Anal Geom 42, 495–521 (2012).

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  • Exceptional holonomy
  • Gauge theory

Mathematics Subject Classification

  • 53C07
  • 53C25