Motivation: There have been the instanton (anti-self dual connection) solutions to the Yang-Mills equation $d_A^\ast F_A=0$ which extremize the YM energy $\int_M|F_A|^2$, leading to the Donaldson ...
Can anyone suggest a good overview/introduction of the Floer machine for a beginner? (Someone pointed out some intriguing connections to surface mapping class groups, which might be enough incentive ...
On a 3-manifold $Y$, oriented 2-plane fields $\xi$ are oriented rank-2 subbundles of $TY$. Denote the set of such (up to homotopy) by $\Theta=\pi_0\lbrace\xi\rbrace$. What is an explicit canonical map ...
Let $(M , \omega)$ be a symplectic manifold, $J$ a compatible almost complex structure. We call pseudo holomorphic strip a solution $u : \mathbb R \times I \to M$ of the equation $\partial_s u + J ...