Symplectic geometry is a branch of differential geometry and differential topology which studies symplectic manifolds; that is, differentiable manifolds equipped with a closed, nondegenerate 2-form.

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Scattering of waves by an obstacle

I wish to study the paper by Melroe and Taylor: Near peak scattering and the corrected Kirchhoff approximation for a convex obstacle. Adv in Math, Vol 55 (3), 1985, 242–315. ...
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Weyl orbits of integral dominant weights and convex polytopes

Let $\xi$ be an integral dominant weight of a root system $\Delta$, and let $\mathcal{O}_{\xi}$ be its orbit under the action of the Weyl group. The elements of the orbit are the vertices of an ...
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basis free volume form for a symplectic vector space

It's easy to show, using a symplectic basis, that if $\omega$ is a symplectic form on a $2n$-dimensional vector space $V$, then $\omega^n \neq 0$. I'd like to be able to prove it without choosing a ...
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What does it mean for a Symplectic Form to be invariant under Group Action?

This should be a very basic question for people familiar with differential manifolds. I'm more or less new to the field so let me apologize in advance for ill-defined questions if arising. I split the ...
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Help with constructing a symplectic form on a $2-$dimensional torus

Consider the standard two dimensional torus $M=\mathbb{R}^2 / \Gamma$ where $$ \Gamma:=\{(n,m)\in \mathbb{R}^2:n,m\in \mathbb{Z}\}. $$ I want to $1)$ construct a symplectic form $\omega$ on $M$, ...
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Surgery or Partial Whitney Trick in McDuff and Salamon proof of Gromov squeezing

In the proof of Gromov squeezing in McDuff and Salamon's epic J-Holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology, the authors use a surgery argument without any explicit construction. In the following, ...
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Coordinate-free proof of the hamiltonian character of the geodesic flow

Let be $(M,g)$ a pseudoriemannian manifold. Let us identify the tangent and the cotangent bundles through the musical isomorphism $g^\flat:u\in TM\to g(u,\cdot)\in T^\ast M.$ It is well known ...
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Finding a path of symplectic forms

Suppose $M$ is a symplectic manifold and $\omega_0$ and $\omega_1$ are two symplectic forms belonging to the same de Rham cohomology class. Assume in addition they can be connected via a path of ...
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Calculation in From Seiberg Witten to pseudo-holomorphic curve

I am reading the Taubes's paper: From From Seiberg Witten to pseudo-holomorphic curve. I don't know how to get the result (2.17) \begin{eqnarray*} ...
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Reduction along an Orbit for C.-M. systems

I am having trouble in understanding the section of this paper http://www-math.mit.edu/~etingof/zlecnew.pdf where the author introduces the Calogero-Moser system as the reduction of a manifold $M$ on ...
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Geometric Cauchy Problem

I'm attending a course in Symplectic Mechanics and I have some problems in understanding something written in my lecture notes. We are in the following setting: let $Q$ be a manifold (of dimension ...
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Trivialization of a path of tamed almost complex structures

I am wondering if the following result is true: Let $(V,\omega)$ be a symplectic vector space and $\{J_t\}_{0\leq t\leq 1}$ a smooth path of almost complex structures on $V$ which are tamed by ...
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Area of flux homomorphism in symplectic topology

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold. Let $f:M \to \mathbb R$ be a smooth function. We have vector fields $X_f$ defined by $\omega(X_f,)=df$. Let $\phi_t$ be the flow of $X_f$ and let $\gamma: ...
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Index of a Symmetric Matrix

In Hansjorg Geiges' introductory textbook on Symplectic Geometry, is defined a projective conic given by $q^tAq=0$ where $A$ is a symmetric matrix of rank 3 and index 2. What does "index 2" mean? I ...
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Geodesic Flow is the flow of the Hamiltonian Vector field of $|\xi|$

Let $M$ be a complete Riemannian manifold with metric $g$. The geodesic flow is the one-parameter family of diffeomorphisms $\phi_t$ on $T^*M$ defined as follows. If $\xi \in T^* M$ is a vector based ...
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About $\operatorname{Spin}^\mathbb{C}$ structures

Let $X$ be a orientable 4-manifolds. I know that $X$ can be endowed with $\operatorname{Spin}^\mathbb{C}$ structures by the choice of integral lift of $w_2(X)$ (second Stiefel-Whitney class of ...
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How to prove that a certain action is hamiltonian?

Reading a paper I had the need to complete a proof, and come up with a certain argument(see below). My question is: could I reduce it to a special case of some theorem? I ask this question in order to ...
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Invariants under Hamiltonian mechanics?

I am interested in certain properties of measures evolving according to Hamiltonian mechanics. Say we have a point $z$ in phase space: $z = (p,q)$ where $p$ is a generalized momentum vector and $q$ is ...
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John Lee's book question about symplectic group

Exercise 12-14 in John Lee's book, An introduction to Smooth Manifolds, reads as follows: The real symplectic group is the subgroup $Sp(n, \mathbb{R}) \subset GL(2n, \mathbb{R})$ consisting of ...
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If a (linear) relation maps Lagrangian subspaces to Lagrangian subspaces, is it a Lagrangian relation?

Let $(U,\omega),(V,\rho)$ be symplectic vector spaces. We call a relation $U \to V$ a Lagrangian relation (also Lagrangian correspondence) if it is a Lagrangian subspace of $\overline U \oplus V$, ...
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References for the moduli space of conformal structures on a disk minus boundary points

In an article I'm reading, it is said that the moduli space of conformal structures on a disk minus $k+1$ boundary points is a ($k-2$)-dimensional manifold. I want to understand why and have done some ...
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Relation between volume of reduced space and phase space

Let $G$ ba a compat Lie group and $\frak g$ be its Lie algebra, then by Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory we know that if $J:M\to \frak g^*$ be its equivariant moment map then the reduced space is ...
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Space of almost complex structures on a compact manifold

According to the book by Huybrechts, Complex Geometry: An Introduction, this is a nice space and may be regarded, after some form of completion, as an infinite-dimensional manifold. How is this done, ...
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Derivative of a function involving inverse of a matrix-lifting a diffeomorphism to a symplectomorphism

Let $A$ be an $n\times n$ matrix with smooth entries in $x$, such that $A(x)$ is invertible everywhere with smooth entries. Define a function $f\colon \mathbb{R}^n\to\mathbb{R}^n$ by $f (x)=[A ...
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The Fubini-Study metric and its associated form.

Assume $ds^2$ is Fubini-Study metric, and $\omega = -\frac{1}{2}Im \{ds^2\}$ is its associated form. Let $V_n = \int_{\mathbb{C}P^n} \omega^n / n!$ the volume of $\mathbb{C}P^n$. Let $V \subset ...
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Sources for learning Lie groups and symplectic geometry for Quantum optics

I am asking this question on behalf of my junior who has recently joined in the graduate programme. As suggested by my boss, the student wants to work on quantum optics from a symplectic geometric ...
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Torsion-free $G$-Structures

I have the following question. Let $G \subset SO(n)$ be a Lie Group and $M$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $n$. Furthermore let $P$ be a $G$-structure on $M$ i.e. $P$ is a principal subbundle of ...
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Normal Bundle of Twistor lines

I am reading the paper "hyperkaehler metrics and supersymmetry" by Hitchin etc.. Here is the link: ...
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transformation of symplectic structure by a matrix

Suppose that in canonical symplectic basis $e_1,e_2,f_1,f_2$ we have $$\Omega=pf_1^*\wedge f_2^*+qe_1^*\wedge e_2^*+r(e_1^*\wedge f_2^*+e_2^*\wedge f_1^*)+s(e_1^*\wedge f_1^*-e_2^*\wedge f_2^*)$$ Let ...
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A vector field on a symplectic submanifold intersecting the symplectic complement

Consider a 4-dim symplectic vector field $X$ on the symplectic manifold $(M, \omega)$ in $\mathbb{R}^4$ with $\omega= \sum_{i=1}^2 dy_i \wedge dx_i$. Moreover, the linear terms of $X$ are given by ...
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Energy displacement of a cylinder is at most $\pi r^2$.

I want to show that the energy displacement of $Z^{2n}(r)$ is at most $\pi r^2$. In the textbook of Mcduff and Salamon they write that I should identify the two dimensional ball (with radius $r$) ...
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Symplectic manifold question.

Let $M=\mathbb R^2$ with coordinates $x$ and $y$ with a symplectic two form $\omega =dx\wedge dy$. Let $\phi _p :T_pM\mapsto T^*_pM$. My confusion is regarding the initial step in defining the ...
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Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics

I am interested in how Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics and then symplectic geometry was developed starting from Newtonian mechanics. We can start by assuming that Newtonian mechanics tells us ...
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Hamiltonian Dynamics and the canonical symplectic form

1- What kind of advantages does one have by having a canonical symplectic form on $T^*M$ apart from the form being exact? Would it for instance provide any advantage to studying Hamiltonian dynamics ...
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Condition for local Lipschitzness of pullback map for exterior forms

Given $w\in\Lambda^k(\mathbb{R}^n)$, determine the condition under which the map $T\rightarrow T^*(w)$ is locally Lipschitz, where $T\in GL_n(\mathbb{R})$ and $T^*(w)$ denotes the Pullback of $w$ by ...
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Standard complex structure in contact geometry

In symplectic geometry there is the standard model: $(\mathbb{R}^{2n}, d(\sum_{i=1}^{n}x_{i}dy_{i}))$ with standard almost complex structure $ J_{0}= \begin{pmatrix} 0 & -E_{n} \\ E_{n} & 0 ...
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Proof of Arnold-Liouville's Thm: movement in angular coordinates conditionally periodic

I'm reading Arnold's book Mathematical Methods in Classical Mechanics and got stuck on the proof of Liouville's theorem on integrable systems. The proof finishes with Problem 11: Show that the motion ...
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If $M$ has hyper-kaehler structure then $M//G$ has hyper-kaehler > structure?

A) Let $M$ is a non-compact manifold and $G$ be a compact Lie group which acts on $M$ and preserves complex structure then If $M$ has Kaehler manifold, then the symplectic quotient of $M$, i.e, ...
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coordinates for $T^*M$, $T^*T^*M$, $T^*T^*… T^*M$

This relates to my previous question on the tautological one form. I'm reading John Lee's Smooth Manifold book. Anyway, I wanted to clear up on some notation, which is confusing at first, but I ...
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the lift of a hamiltonian path

Let $\{f_t\}$ be a Hamiltonian path on a closed manifold $(M,\omega)$, i.e. $f_0=id$, $f_1=f \in Symp(M,\omega)$. And denote by $F$ the Hamiltonian function with $\{f_t\}$. There is a fixed point $x$ ...
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use Floer homology to prove the fixed points

I read paper, in page 21, there is a proposition: Let $(M,\omega)$ be a closed symplectic manifold with $\pi_2(M)=0$. Let {$f_t$}, $f_0$ = id, $f_1= f$ be a Hamiltonian path on M generated by a ...
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A relation between $vol(M)$ and $vol(T^*M)$?

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold then what is relation between $\operatorname{vol}(M)$ and $\operatorname{vol}(T^*M)$?
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Geodesic of symplectic manifold

Can I define geodesic on a manifold without Riemann structure? To be more specific, how can I define geodesic at symplectic manifold? Let's just look at simple case with symplectic form as ...
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Moser method for Darboux theorem with parameter

Suppose $(M^{2n}, \omega)$ is symplectic manifold and $ p \in M$. Moser method for proving Darboux theorem is the following: suppose $f : B \subset \mathbb{R}^{2n} \to V \subset M$ is a chart, where ...
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Symplectomorphism that's the identity on the zero section

Suppose $\Phi:T^*\mathbb{R}^n\rightarrow T^*\mathbb{R}^n$, $\Phi(x,\xi)=(y,\eta)$ is a symplectomorphism which is the identity when restricted to the zero section $o=\{\xi=0\}$; i.e. $\Phi|_o=Id$. ...
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A question about complex polarization

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold, Then a subbundle $P\subset TM^{\mathbf{C}}$ of the complexified tangent bundle is called a complex polarization if $P$ is Lagrangian P involutive dim$P\cap\bar P \cap ...
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symplectic coordinate change in tangent space

Given is the Hamiltonian system with energy function $$H(q,p) = \sum_{i = 1}^{2} \frac{p_{i}^{2}}{2m_{i}} + m_{i}V(q_{i}) = H_{0},$$ where $H_{0}$ is some positive constant and the potential energy ...
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Proof of Horn theorem with moment map

Please look at this problem: Let $\mathcal{H}$ be the space of $(n,n)$ hermitian matrix. $\phi:\begin{align*} &\mathcal{H} \to \mathfrak{u}(n):=Lie(U(n)) \\&A \mapsto iA \end{align*}$ ...
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Deformation of sympletic manifolds and deformation of complex manifolds

I know that for a complex manifold you can determine the variation of the parameter by picking a $\theta (t) \in H^1(\mathscr{M}, \Theta)$ (where $\Theta$ is the sheaf of vector fields over ...
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Hamiltonian reduction for unit sphere

Let $(M, \omega)$, be Symplectic Vector space and $N\subset M$ be unit sphere. Then why $N/ker\omega\mid _N$ is naturally $\mathbb{P}^{n-1}(\mathbb{C})$ Here ker$\omega$=$\{ y\in M: \omega(x,y)=0, ...