# Is the space of half-dimensional symplectic linear subspaces of $\mathbb{R}^{4n}$ which trivially intersect $\mathbb{R}^{2n}\times\{0\}$ contractible?

I would like to know whether the subspace of the symplectic Grassmanian $Gr_{2n}^{Sp}(\mathbb{R}^{4n})$ consisting of symplectic linear subspaces in $\mathbb{R}^{4n}$ which have dimension $2n$ and have trivial intersection with the standard half-dimensional subspace $\mathbb{R}^{2n} \times \{0\}$ is contractible.

(The corresponding statement for the complex Grassmanian, that the space of half-dimensional complex linear subspaces of $\mathbb{C}^{2n}$ that trivially intersect $\mathbb{C}^{n} \times \{0\}$ is contractible, is true, either by using a projection map to $\{0\} \times \mathbb{C}^{n}$ to construct an explicit contraction or by showing that this space is the interior of the top-dimensional Schubert cell in a standard cell decomposition for the Grassmanian.)

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The answer is 'no', but seeing this depends on whether your 'standard half-dimensional subspace' $\mathbb{R}^{2n}\times \lbrace0\rbrace$ is symplectic or not as a subspace of $\mathbb{R}^{4n}$. (You didn't specify the symplectic structure on the ambient space).
For example, when $n=1$, if $\mathbb{R}^{2}\times \lbrace0\rbrace\subset \mathbb{R}^{4}$ is Lagrangian, then the subspace you mention is not contractible, it's not even connected. You can see this as follows: If $e_1$ and $e_2$ are a basis of the given subspace and $\Omega(e_1,e_2)=0$, then we can complete them to a basis $e_1,e_2,e_3,e_4$ such that $$\Omega(e_1,e_3)=-\Omega(e_3,e_1)=\Omega(e_2,e_4)=-\Omega(e_4,e_2)=1$$ and all other $\Omega(e_i,e_j)=0$. If $S\subset\mathbb{R}^4$ is a subspace such that it is independent from the given $2$-dimensional subspace, then it has a unique basis of the form $v_3=e_3+p_{31}e_1+p_{32}e_2$ and $v_4=e_3+p_{41}e_1+p_{42}e_2$. We then compute that $$\Omega(v_3,v_4) = p_{32}-p_{41}$$ and the condition for $S$ to be symplectic is just that $p_{32}-p_{41}\not=0$, so the set of such $S$ is not even connected.
On the other hand, if $\mathbb{R}^{2}\times \lbrace0\rbrace\subset \mathbb{R}^{4}$ is symplectic, then we can choose a basis $e_1,e_2,e_3,e_4$ of $\mathbb{R}^4$ such that $e_1$ and $e_2$ span the given subspace and $$\Omega(e_1,e_2)=-\Omega(e_2,e_1)=\Omega(e_3,e_4)=-\Omega(e_4,e_3)=1$$ and all other $\Omega(e_i,e_j)=0$. Now, if If $S\subset\mathbb{R}^4$ is a subspace such that it is independent from the given $2$-dimensional subspace, then it has a unique basis of the form $v_3=e_3+p_{31}e_1+p_{32}e_2$ and $v_4=e_3+p_{41}e_1+p_{42}e_2$. We then compute that $$\Omega(v_3,v_4) = 1 + p_{31}p_{42}-p_{41}p_{32}$$ and the condition for $S$ to be symplectic is just that $1 + p_{31}p_{42}-p_{41}p_{32}\not=0$, so the set of such $S$ is diffeomorphic to the complement in $\mathbb{R}^4$ of a copy of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{R})$. Again, this is not a connected set.