Contribution to Book
M. Gotay, J. Marsden, V. Moncrief
American Mathematical Society
The self-dual Einstein equations on a compact Riemannian 4-manifold can be expressed as a quadratic condition on the curvature of an $SU(2)$ (spin) connection which is a covariant generalization of the self-dual Yang-Mills equations. Local properties of the moduli space of self-dual Einstein connections are described in the context of an elliptic complex which arises in the linearization of the quadratic equations on the $SU(2)$ curvature. In particular, it is shown that the moduli space is discrete when the cosmological constant is positive; when the cosmological constant is negative the moduli space can be a manifold the dimension of which is controlled by the Atiyah-Singer index theorem.
C.G. Torre, A deformation theory of self-dual Einstein spaces, Contemp. Math. 132:611, 1991.