# Questions tagged [symplectic-topology]

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### Terminology for exact symplectomorphism

Let $(M,\omega = d\alpha)$ be an exact symplectic manifold. Then a symplectomorphism $\varphi \colon M \to M$ is said to be exact, iff $\varphi^*\alpha - \alpha$ is exact. Is there a terminology for ...

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### How not to use J-holomorphic curves [closed]

The field of symplectic topology is filled with subtle traps for the unwary, particularly when it comes to the analysis of $J$-holomorphic curves. So that the next generation of symplectic topologists ...

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### Local contractibility of group of symplectomorphisms for open manifolds

It is well know that for a closed symplectic manifold $(M, \omega)$ the group of symplectomorphisms in locally contractible. The gist of this proof goes as follows.
Given a $\psi \in \operatorname{...

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### Is the symplectic quotient $\mu^{-1}(0)/G$ unique up to something?

Given a Hamiltonian action of a compact Lie group $G$ on a symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$, we may choose a moment map $\mu \colon M\to \mathfrak{g}^* $ and obtain the symplectic reduction $M/\!\!/G =...

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### Augmentations of wrapped Floer cochains

Let $M$ be a closed, simply-connected spin manifold and let $F_b \subset T^*M$ be the cotangent fiber over a point $b \in M$. Let $CW^*(L,L)$ be the $A_{\infty}$-algebra of wrapped Floer cochains over ...

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### Viterbo restriction map surjective on Weinstein neighbourhood

In a Liouville manifold $M$ having a Liouville subdomain $i: N \hookrightarrow M$, there is the so-called Viterbo restriction map in symplectic cohomology $$SH^*(i): SH^*(M)\rightarrow SH^*(N).$$
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### Superlevel sets of a parametrized quadratic forms

Let $N$ be an odd integer, $n\in\mathbb{N}$, and $-\frac{2T}{NR^2}\leq a\leq0$ for given $R,T\in\mathbb{R}$ with $\frac{T}{NR^2}\leq\frac{\pi}{2}$.
Now consider the quadratic form $\Omega(a)=\sum_{l\...

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### Contactomorphisms have in general no fixed points

Let $(V, \xi = \ker \alpha)$ be a cooriented contact manifold. A contactomorphism of $(V, \xi)$ is a diffeomorphism $\phi$ which preserves the contact structure $\xi$ and its coorientation. In other ...

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### Comparing the minimal Chern number and the cup-length of a symplectic manifold

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold. One can define its minimal Chern number $N_M$ as:
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N_M := \text{inf} \lbrace k > 0 \ |\ \exists A \in H_2(M; \mathbb{Z}), \langle c_1, A \rangle = k \...

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### Symplectic isotopy problem for degree 3 curves in $\mathbb{CP}^2$

I am stuck in an argument in a paper written by Jean-Claude Sikorav. In the last section of his paper, he solved the symplectic isotopy problem for degree $3$ curves in $(\mathbb{CP}^2, \omega_{FS})$, ...

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### Lagrangian intersection Floer homology: understanding some assumptions

Let $(X,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold and $L\subset X$ be a Lagrangian subspace.
Let $\mu_L:H_2(X,L;\mathbb{Z})\to \mathbb{Z}$ be the Maslov index
homomorphism.
Usual hypothesis
Recall that $L$...

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### Two Lagrangian submanifolds with clean intersections

Having two closed exact Lagrangian submanifolds $L_1$ and $L_2$ that intersect cleanly inside a Liouville manifold $M$ with $c_1(M)=0,$ is there (with possibly some other conditions) any relation ...

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### Roadmap to understanding Gromov's Non-squeezing theorem

I'm a graduate student starting out to venture into the areas of Symplectic Geometry/Topology, and was somewhat motivated by the essence of Gromov's non-squeezing theorem which in a sense made me feel ...

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### Words and ranks

Let me state two problems that look very much alike. The first one can be solved putting together answers that different people have given to some questions I asked here a few weeks ago. The second ...

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### Diffeomorphic but not isotopic symplectic forms

Do we know of any closed symplectic manifold $M$ with 2 cohomologous symplectic forms $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ such that there exist $\psi \in \text{Diff}(M)$ and $\psi^* \omega_1 = \omega_2$ but $\...

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### Star-shaped domain in $\mathbb{C}P^2$

Consider $(\mathbb{C}P^2,\omega_{FS})$ where $\omega_{FS}$ is the standard Fubini-Study form. Let $L$ denote a sphere in $\mathbb{C}P^2$ in the class $\mathbb{C}P^1$. Further let $\int_{L} \omega_{FS} ...

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### Lagrangian torus fibrations and Arnol'd-Liouville theorem

Let $(X, \omega)$ be a closed symplectic manifold of dimension $2n$ and $\pi: X \rightarrow Q$ a Lagrangian torus fibration. Let $F_q$ denote the fiber at $q \in Q$. It is claimed in a paper of ...

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### Orientable surface bundle

Is it true that every orientable surface bundle can be made into a symplectic fibration?If yes, why?
What about the particular case that $M$ is a connected compact 4-manifold?

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### Compactly supported symplectomorphisms of $D^2$

I'm trying to understand a more basic version about Gromov's theorem about the compactly supported symplectomorphisms of $D^2 \times D^2$ being contractible.
Consider the dimensional disk $D^2 \...

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### The norm squared of a moment map

I am studying the paper by E. Lerman:
https://arxiv.org/abs/math/0410568
Let $(M,\sigma)$ be a connected symplectic manifold with a Hamiltonian action of a compact Lie group $G$, so that there exist ...

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### Every symplectic submanifold is J-holomorphic

I am trying to show that every symplectic submanifold $N$ of a 2n- dimensional symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ is J-holomorphic for some compatible almost complex structure $J$.
The way I am ...

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### Invariance under tame almost complex structure of the fibre tangent space of the symplectic normal bundle

I am trying to understand the construction of symplectic inflation and I am stuck in the following point.
Suppose we have a 4 dimensional symplectic manifold $(M, \omega)$. Also suppose that $N \...

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### Legendrian surgery and invertible elements in zeroth degree symplectic cohomology

Is there anything known about the relation between Legendrian handle attachment and invertible elements in $\mathit{SH}^0(M)$?
As the simplest interesting case, take $M_0$ to be the cotangent bundle $...

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### What is the relation between the different generating functions thought as finite approximations of action functionals

In the book Introduction to symplectic topology by MC Duff and Salamon, a discrete analogue of the action functional is defined on $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$. The idea is that a Hamiltonian isotopy can be ...

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### Mixed characteristic in symplectic geometry

Are there any mixed-characteristic phenomena in symplectic geometry/mirror symmetry?
There are papers on symplectic geometry by Abouzaid (inspired by Kontsevich--Soibelman, I believe) in which there ...

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### Relationship between Gromov-Witten and Taubes' Gromov invariant

Fix a compact, symplectic four-manifold ($X$, $\omega$).
Recall Taubes' Gromov invariant is a certain integer-valued function on $H^2(X; \mathbb{Z})$ defined by weighted counts of pseudoholomorphic ...

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### Does Fukaya see all symplectic topology?

I recently had a debate with my friend about how much of symplectic topology is about Fukaya category. I thought that for the most part, symplectic topology is not about Fukaya category. Now, to prove ...

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### Maslov index of pair of paths in $\mathcal{L}(2n)$ and its relation with the Maslov index of a loop in $\mathcal{L}(2n)$

I'm reading [RS] and I was wondering what kind of connection there is between the Maslov index for a pair of paths $\lambda_0,\lambda_1 \colon [a,b] \to \mathcal{L}(2n)$ as defined in [RS] and the ...

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### A clarification in the definition of Seidel's absolute Maslov index for a pair of transverse Lagrangians

I'm reading Seidel's paper Graded Lagrangian submanifolds where he introduces the absolute Maslov index of a pair of graded lagrangians as follows:
Let $\mathcal{L}(V,\beta)$ be the Lagrangian ...

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### Symplectic vector fields everywhere transverse to a co-dimension one hypersurface

Usually when speaking about vector fields transverse to a hypersurface in a symplectic manifold, we talk about Liouville vector fields, i.e. vector fields $X$ with the property that $\mathcal{L}_X\...

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### Floer equation and Cauchy Riemann equation

Consider a symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ with the property that $\pi_2(M) = 0$. Given a time dependent hamiltonian $H_t$ on $M$, and a $\omega$-compatible almost complex structure J on M, we may ...

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### Limitations of the splitting construction and SFT

I am trying to understand the so-called symplectic field theory (SFT) machinery used in symplectic topology. As I understand it, one of the applications of SFT (or rather, of the splitting ...

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### Transitivity of Diff on the space of embeddings of balls

Given 2 symplectic embeddings $g_0$ and $g_1$ of a 4-ball of radius $r \leq 1$ into the 4-ball of radius 1 (all equipped with the standard symplectic form coming from $\mathbb{R}^4$), does there exist ...

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### Pairs of J-holomorphic curves

Let $(M, \omega)$ be a symplectic 4-manifold and let $A$ and $B$ be symplectic submanifolds on M such that $A \cap B = p \in M$.Under what conditions can I find a $\omega$-compatible almost complex ...

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### Intuition about bubbling off a ghost bubble

I'm trying to improve my intuition about the bubbling phenomenon for $J$-holomorphic curves $\Sigma \to (M,\omega)$, where $\Sigma$ is a compact Riemann surface with possibly boundary. I assume that ...

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### Diffeomorphism of $ \mathbb{C}P^2 \# ~\overline{\mathbb{C}P^2}$

I am currently reading Dusa McDuff's paper "Blow ups and symplectic embedding in dimension 4" and had a few questions regarding the paper.
In the paper McDuff uses the following notation. $X = \...

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### The singular cohomology embeds into the symplectic cohomology

Viterbo's theorem on cotangent bundles $M=T^*N$ tells you in particular that singular cohomology $H^*(M)$ gets embedded in $SH^*(M)$ via the $c^*$ map. Having a Weinstein manifold (or more generally ...

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### Closed symplectic manifold with Euler characteristic 2

I am working about an article. In this article, author said that if close symplectic manifold $M$ has two fixed points implies that either $M$ is 2-sphere or $\dim M=6$.
The closed symplectic manifold ...

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### Cohomological indices VS cup-length, Lusternik-Schnirelmann category, betti sum in critical point set theory

Let $M$ be a (closed) manifold acted on by a compact Lie group $G$. For any characteristic class $\alpha \in H^*(BG)$, one can define a so-called cohomological index of $M$ as follows:
$$\text{ind}_{\...

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### Normal coordinates for isotropic submanifolds

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold and $N$ an isotropic submanifold. For a point $p\in N$, can we always find coordinates $(x_1,\ldots,x_n,y_1,\ldots,y_n)$ in a neighbourhood $U$ of $p$ such ...

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### Moduli space of curves

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold, and let $\mathscr{J}$ be the set of compatible almost complex structures on $M$.Finally let $A \in H^2(M,\mathbb{Z})$. Then we can consider the moduli space ...

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### Complement of Donaldson divisors in dimension 4

Let $(X,\omega)$ be a symplectic 4-manifold such that $\omega$ has a rational cohomology class. I am interested in Donaldson divisors (surfaces) $D$ in $(X,\omega)$ whose complement is a 1-handle body....

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### Compact simply-connected homogeneous symplectic manifold

I was reading a paper in which the authors use the fact that any compact simply-connected homogeneous symplectic manifold has non-zero Euler characteristic. They prove it by quoting a theorem by ...

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### What is the current status of the Arnold conjecture?

Let $(M, \omega)$ be a symplectic manifold. V.Arnold conjectured that the number of fixed points of a Hamiltonian symplectomorphism is bounded below by the number of critical points of a smooth ...

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### Where can I find good surveys on Symplectic and Contact geometry

Are there any good survey articles in symplectic and contact geometry, which focus on the "big picture", i.e how this discipline fits into the mathematical world ?
In the symplectic case : I am ...

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### Unobstructedness of nodal holomorphic curve in symplectic manifold

Suppose $(X,\omega)$ is a compact symplectic manifold and $J$ is an $\omega$-compatible almost complex structure on $X$ (the symplectic structure seems to be irrelevant for this question actually). ...

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### DGLA controlling deformation of holomorphic curves

Suppose $C$ is a compact Riemann surface and $X$ is a compact Kähler manifold. Suppose $f:C\to X$ is a stable holomorphic map. Then, the deformations of $f$ are controlled by the complex $L^\bullet = ...

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### space of $\omega$-tame almost complex structures and $\mathrm{Diff}(M)$

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold, and $J$ is an almost complex structure on $M$. $J$ is said to be $\omega$-tame if
$$
\omega(v, Jv) >0
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for all non-zero $v\in TM$.
It is commonly said ...

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### On the measure of regular and chaotic regions in a phase space

Consider a Hamiltonian, non-linear, dynamical system associated to $H(\vec{q},\vec{p})$. Assume that the number of effective degrees of freedom is relatively small, say $D=3,4,5$. Now choose a certain ...

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### Non-trivial examples of overtwisted contact structures

Are there any non-trivial examples of overtwisted contact structures on closed contact $3$-manifolds? By non-trivial I mean any examples besides the trivial one $\xi = \ker (\cos(r)dz - r \sin(r)d\...