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How to see the Phase Space of a Physical System as the Cotangent Bundle

Two things today motivated this question. First, the professor said that in a lecture Thurston mentioned Any manifold can be seen as the configuration space of some physical system. Clearly we ...
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What are the implications of torsion in H^2 for geometric quantization?

Given a real manifold $M$ with symplectic $2$-form $\omega$, one can ask whether the cohomology class $[\omega] \in H^2(M;{\mathbb R})$ lies in the image of $H^2(M;{\mathbb Z})$. If so, one can ask ...
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Physical meaning of the integral cohomology condition in Souriau-Kostant pre-quantization?

The question is in the title. The form of the condition looks like the Bohr-Sommerfeld quantization formula of angular momentum, is there a link between the two formulas?