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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

**Abstract:** For a compact Riemann surface of genus $g\ge 2$, the components of the moduli space of $\text{Sp(4}\text{,}\mathbb{R}\text{)}$-Higgs bundles, or equivalently the $\text{Sp(4}\text{,}\mathbb{R}\text{)}$ character varieties, are partially labeled by an integer $d$ known as the Toledo invariant. The subspace for which this integer attains a maximum has been shown to have $3\cdot {{2}^{2g}}+2g-4$ many components. A gluing construction between parabolic Higgs bundles over a connected sum of Riemann surfaces provides model Higgs bundles in a subfamily of particular significance. This construction is formulated in terms of solutions to the Hitchin equations, using the linearization of a relevant elliptic operator.