Let $C$ be a complex curve. Recall that a Higgs bundle on $C$ is a vector bundle $E$ on $C$ equipped with a morphism $E \to E \otimes K_C$. The space of (stable) Higgs bundles is much studied, and is in particular known to be smooth. Moreover there is a "nonabelian Hodge theorem" giving a diffeomorphism between the moduli of Higgs bundles and a certain character variety of $\pi_1(C)$.

What is known about the moduli space of Higgs bundles with a section, i.e., the space parameterizing triples $(E, s \in \mathrm{H}^{0}(E), \phi: E\to E \otimes K_C)$ ? Is it smooth (after imposing some appropriate stability condition)? Is there an analogue of the "nonabelian Hodge theorem"?