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Cotangent bundle lift theorem

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $T^\ast M$ be its cotangent bundle. Consider the tautological 1-form $\theta$ on $T^\ast M$ ($\theta=\sum y_i dx^i$ in local canonical coordinate systems). A ...
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What is a Lagrangian submanifold intuitively?

What are good ways to think about Lagrangian submanifolds? Why should one care about them? More generally: same questions about (co)isotropic ones. Answers from a classical mechanics point of view ...
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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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How transitive are the actions of symplectomorphism groups ?

This question is motivated by the classical fact from differential geometry : Let $M$ be a smooth manifold of dimension at least $2$. Then for any $n$ the diffeomorphism group $\textrm{Diff}(M)$ ...
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Explicit form for hermitian structure $h$ with respect to $\omega$

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold. and $\pi:L\to M$ be a complex line bundle , we denote $h$ as hermitian structure,i.e. if $s,s'$ are smooth sections of $L$ and if $X$ is a vector field on ...
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Why hasn't anyone proved that the two standard approaches to quantizing Chern-Simons theory are equivalent?

The two standard approaches to the quantization of Chern-Simons theory are geometric quantization of character varieties, and quantum groups plus skein theory. These two approaches were both first ...
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What is the meaning of $(h^{11},h^{21})\to (h^{11}-240,h^{21}+240)$ in Calabi-Yau threefolds?

By browsing through the Hodge data of known Calabi-Yau threefolds, I stumbled upon an observation that frequently enough a pair of Hodge numbers $(h^{11},h^{21})$ comes together with the pair $ ...
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When is a symplectic manifold equivalent to a cotangent bundle?

Let $X$ be a differentiable manifold. Its cotangent bundle $T^*X$ carries a canonical 1-form $ \alpha$ whose exterior differential $\omega = d\alpha$ endows $T^*X$ with the structure of a symplectic ...
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When is a coadjoint orbit an integrable system (in a weak sense explained below)?

Let $X$ be an affine holomorphic symplectic variety of dimension $2n$, with the associated Poisson bracket { , }. Let's say it's an integrable system when there are $n$ algebraically independent ...
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What is Kirillov's method good for?

I am planing to study Kirillov's orbit method. I have seen Kirillov's method in several branch of mathematics, for instance, functional analysis, geometry, .... Why is this theory important for ...
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Intuition for Levi-Civita connection via Hamiltonian flows

A Euclidean metric on a manifold $X$ defines a function on the symplectic space $T^*X$ whose Hamiltonian flow gives geodesics. Is there a similar interpretation of the Levi-Civita connection?
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Why can we define the moment map in this way (i.e. why is this form exact)?

Given a symplectic manifold $(X, \omega)$ and a group $G$ acting on $X$ preserving the symplectic form, we define the moment map $\mu : X \to \mathfrak{g}^*$ so that $$ \langle d\mu(v), \xi\rangle = ...
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Why is every symplectomorphism of the unit disk Hamiltonian isotopic to the identity?

That is, for any symplectomorphism $\psi: D^2 \to D^2$, there should be a time-dependent Hamiltonian Ht on D2 such that the corresponding flow at time 1 is equal to $\psi$. I found this in claim a ...
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Quantization of symplectic vector space and choice of lagrangian subspaces

My question is related to Geometric Quantization. I don't undrestand the philosophy of following assertion If $(V,\omega)$ be a symplectic vector space then the quantizations of $V$ ...
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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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complexified kahler form

In mirror symmetry one usually considers a complexified kahler form $B+iw$ instead of kahler form $w$ itself.(Or their moduli) Here is the question: What does $B$ correspond to? what kind of ...
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looking for an identity for higher jet bundle $J^kM$?

We know this fact that the first jet Bundle $J^1M$ is diffeomorphic with $T^*M×\mathbb{R}$.i.e, ($J^1M=T^*M×\mathbb{R}$) Is there something like this identity for higher jet bundle $J^kM$? I editted ...
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Poincaré recurrence and symplectic packings

Question. Is there any example of a path connected symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ that has infinite volume, but which cannot be packed by an infinite number of symplectic balls of a fixed radius ...
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In a contact manifold, is every tranverse 1-foliation given by some Reeb vector field?

Let $M$ be a contact manifold, and let $F$ be an oriented 1-dimensional foliation that is transverse to the contact structure. Is there a contact form $\alpha$ whose associated Reeb vector field ...
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Question about Hodge number

Hi. I am studying Hodge theory on Kahler manifolds. I have several questions. Is Hodge number a topological invariant? (I mean, is it independent of the choice of Kahler structure?) If the ...
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computing second cohomology $H^2(O_a,\mathbb{Z})\cong \mathbb{Z}^n$ of a generic coadjoint orbit

Let $G$ be a compact , connected and simply connected Lie group and $a\in\mathfrak{g}^*$ (dual of Lie algebra of Lie group $G$). Then let $O_a$ be a generic coadjoint orbit then can we say ...
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symplectic structure of tangent bundle of $\mathbb{S}^{n-1}$

It is well known that $T\mathbb{S}^{n-1}$ is diffeomorphic to $M= f^{-1}(1)$ where $f:\mathbb{C}^n\rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is $f(z):=\sum_{i=1}^{n} z_{i}^{2}$. Two questions: 1) Is $M$ a ...
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a question about geometric quantization background

I don't understand why for geometric description of a regular system, we take always the classical phase space as a symplectic manifold?
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Legendrian Tubular Neighborhood Theorem

Given a Lagrangian submanifold $L\subset(M,\omega)$ of a symplectic manifold, we have Alan Weinstein's celebrated Lagrangian tubular neighborhood theorem. I now look for the analog on Legendrian ...
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The space of holomorphic sections are finite dimensional?

I start my question with a definition and some motivation. Let $M$ be a symplectic manifold. A subbundle $P\subset TM^{\mathbf{C}}$ of the complexified tangent bundle is called a complex ...
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Does the preimage of the Slodowy slice in $T^*G/P$ have a name?

Let $G$ be your favorite simple complex Lie group, and $P\subset G$ your favorite parabolic subgroup. We can identify $T^*G/P$ with the space of pairs $$\{(gP,x)\in G/P\times \mathfrak g | x\perp ...
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Reference on generators of subgroups of symplectic groups

We should start with the definition of the symplectic group for an arbitrary ring $R$. The symplectic group $Sp(g,R)$ is the subgroup of $SL(2g,R)$ such that all elements satisfy $M=J_g^t M J_g$ with ...
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A lagrangian version of the Withney theorem

Let $M$ be a smooth n dimensional manifold. Is there an smooth embedding $f:M \to \mathbb{R}^{2n}$ which image is a Lagrangian submanifold of $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$?
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Boundary geometry of a contact manifold

Let $(M, \xi = \text{ker}\,\alpha)$ be a compact contact manifold with non-empty boundary. Vaguely asked, is there any natural geometric structure on the boundary $\partial M$ induced from the contact ...
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Symplectic block-diagonalization of a real symmetric Hamiltonian matrix

Given a $2n\times 2n$ real, symmetric, Hamiltonian matrix $W$ (anticommutes with the symplectic metric), is there an orthogonal, symplectic matrix $R$ such that $R^\top WR$ is block-diagonal? Being ...
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Does the twisted product $K^{\mathbb{C}}\times_{Z(k)^{\mathbb{C}}} X^k$ have a natural Kähler or sympletic structure?

Let $K$ be a connected compact Lie group, and suppose that $(X,J,\omega)$ is a compact Kähler manifold on which the group $K$ acts holomorphically such that the group $K$ preserves the Kähler ...