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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Darboux's Theorem Alternate Proof

I've been given the task of proving Darboux's theorem through non-standard means. Definitions Let $(M,\phi)$ be a symplectic manifold. $\mathcal{F}_{\text{SP}(V)}(M)$ is the bundle of frames ...
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When is a vector field hamiltonian with respect to some symplectic form?

Given a vector field $v$ on a $2n$-dimensional manifold, how many symplectic forms are there on $M$ that make $v$ a hamiltonian vector field? Alternatively, take the set of all $(H,\omega)$ pairs, mod ...
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Not understanding the foliation structure of a Poisson manifold

Consider a Poisson manifold $(M, P)$ (no assumption about the rank or regularity of $P$). For each possible rank $2r$ of $P$, let $(M_r, P_r)$ be the corresponding symplectic leaf of dimension $2r$, ...
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rigid body poisson bracket

i have trouble to understand the definition of the rigid body poisson brackets. In the book of Marsden and Ratiu "Introduction to Mechanics and Symmetry", in chapter 10.1 they introduce the poisson ...
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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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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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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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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 $\omega^n \neq 0$ (see for example Jason DeVito's excellent answer to ...
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Computing the signature of the intersection form on the middle cohomology of compact, symplectic, non-Kaehler manifolds…

For a compact Kaehler manifold, one can compute the signature of the intersection form on the middle-degree cohomology, by taking an alternating sum of the Hodge numbers (this is the Hodge Index ...
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What is the actual definition of “polarizing form”, in the context of cohomology algebras?

I am studying Voisin's Hodge Theory and Complex Algebraic Geometry, in order to better understand the underpinnings of her 2008 paper on Hodge structures. She discusses elements $\omega$ in ...
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Differentiating an endomorphism

Let $(M,\rho)$ be a symplectic $2$-dimensional manifold, and let $J$ be a compatible complex structure on $M$, i.e. the symmetric $(0,2)$-tensor $$g(*,*) = \rho(*,J*)$$ is a Riemannian metric. Denote ...
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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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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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Level sets and lagrangian submanifolds

I would like to find all regular values for a map on a symplectic manifold such that the level sets are lagarangians. Precisely, the following example : The $4$-dimensional symplectic manifold ...
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A very general question about blow-up for experienced symplectic topologists and algebraic geometers

I am trying to understand the process of symplectic blow-up of compact symplectic manifolds $M^{2n}$ along compact symplectic submanifolds $X$ on a deeper level, and I am also searching for relevant ...
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What's the best place to learn Quantum Homology

I am a PhD student and I am trying to learn quantum homology. I already know some of the analysis, but I am struggling to really find a good readable reference which covers enough of the analysis to ...
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Computing real de Rham cohomology of Hironaka's 3-manifold example

I have read the construction of Hironaka's famous 3-manifold example: in short, it is a union of two smooth curves $C$ and $D$ in a smooth projective 3-manifold $P$ which intersect each other at two ...
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Showing Hofer's metric is bi-invariant

Im trying to show that the Hofer metric on a symplectic manifold is bi-invariant but im struggling. Firstly, given the flow $\rho_t$ of a hamiltonian $H_t$, the Hofer metric is $$ ...
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Definition of $k$-precosymplectic manifold

A precosymplectic manifold of rank $2r$ is a triple $(M,\omega,\eta)$ where $M$ is a smooth manifold of dimension $2m+1$, $\omega$ is a closed 2-form on $M$ and $\eta$ is a closed 1-form on $M$ such ...
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Question on symplectic geometry

I am currently reading this paper on symplectic geometry. It deals with the question how the stability properties of a sequence of (periodic) points or fixed points can be related to the second ...
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Any good resources for learning about the moduli space of symplectic structures on a given manifold?

What I can find on the subject are the papers by Fricke and the Habermanns: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/227336993_On_the_geometry_of_moduli_spaces_of_symplectic_structures and ...
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The meaning of variables and derivations in Souriau's book

As far as I see, Souriau is using unconventional notions in his book "Structure of Dynamical Systems". He explains these notions in §2. of Chapter I, but it is a puzzle for me. Mainly because he ...
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Non-commutative symplectic geometry

How is non-commutative symplectic geometry defined? How does it differ from symplectic geometry? Does Darboux's theorem apply also there?
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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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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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Is this computation of the Christoffel coefficients on a Kähler manifold correct?

Let $M$ be a Kähler manifold (in truth, I am only interested in $\Bbb C \Bbb P^n$). Is it possible to express the Christoffel coefficients of the Levi-Civita connection in terms of the coefficients of ...
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Topological intuition about a hamiltonian vector field

Could I ask a conceptual question? If you have a symplectic manifold ($M$, $\omega$) and a real valued function $f : M \to \mathbb{R}$, you can define a hamiltonian vector field $X$ corresponding to ...
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Pullback of a Hamiltonian

I understand that a Hamiltonian vector field $H$ creates a Hamiltonian flow $\phi_t$. Now, in order to prove that the Hamiltonian is conserved one uses the following \begin{eqnarray*} ...
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Everything about Legendre transform

The Legendre transform, or transformation, seems to have many properties which are useful in different fields. For example: It switches between Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formalism in mechanics / ...
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Polynomial functions on a smooth manifold

If one views $\Bbb R ^{2n}$ as the cotangent bundle of $\Bbb R ^n$, with coordinates $(q_1, \dots, q_n, p_1, \dots, p_n)$, then in order to do classical Hamiltonian mechanics on it one considers ...
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Is time-1 map of a Hamiltonian vector field defined on a cylinder always twist?

Suppose I have a one degree of freedom analytic Hamiltonian $H(q,p)$ defined on a semi-infinite cylinder, i.e. $(q,p) \in \mathbb{T} \times \mathbb{R}^{+}$, such that all level sets $H(q,p)=c$ are ...
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first Chern class of pair (X,D)

Let $(X,D)$ be a pair of projective variety $X$ and $D$ is a simple normal crossing divisor on $X$ then is it correct that $$c_1(X,D)=c_1(X)+[D]$$ where $[D]$ is the current of integration
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Is there a way to compute the Poincaré dual of the following type of degree $(2n-2)$ de Rham class?

Given a closed, connected, symplectic manifold $(X^{2n},\omega)$, is there a systematic method to computing the Poincaré dual surface to degree $(2n-2)$ classes of the form $$[\omega]^{n-2}\cup B + ...
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Does the Poisson bivector give rise to an integrable distribution?

I am reading the book Lectures on the geometry of Poisson manifolds, by Izu Vaisman. To a Poisson structure $\{\cdot,\cdot\}$ on a manifold $M$ we associate the Poisson bivector field ...
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What does the notation $G\times_P\mathfrak{p}^\perp$ mean, for $P\subset G$ Lie groups?

Suppose $G$ is a Lie group, $P$ a Lie subgroup with $\mathfrak{p}$ the associated Lie algebra. What object is $G\times_P\mathfrak{p}^\perp$? I don't understand what the $\times_P$ means, ...
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Canonical Transformation and Symplectic Conditions

I have one question regarding Canonical transformation and symplectic matrix. I have read some notions from the following note: http://www.chim.unifi.it/orac/MAN/node6.html For me it is not clear ...
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Poincaré-Birkhoff theorem in sympl. geometry

On p. 274 of McDuff and Salamon's Introduction to symplectic topology a corollary to the Poincaré Birkhoff theorem is presented. So we are given an area preserving map on an annulus ...
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Is the induced volume on submanifolds unique?

consider a $2n$-dimensional manifold $\mathcal{M}$ With a volume element $\omega$. Now consider a $(2n-2)$-dimensional submanifold $\mathcal{N}$. How one can define a volume on $\mathcal{N}$ based on ...
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Question for experts in dynamical systems or symplectic geometry

I am looking for a theorem (read it once, but forgot about it and would now like to find a reference with proof): In symplectic geometry (at least for some particular subset of $\mathbb{R}^2$), there ...
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Gaussian unitary dilation of Gaussian channels

I am starting with a few definitions. All these are standard and can be accessed from some quantum information or quantum physics books, for instance the books by Holevo or Parthasarathy. The question ...
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A variational approach to symplectomorphisms

Let $(\Sigma,\omega)$ be a compact symplectic surface, and let $\mathcal{D}$ be the group of diffeomorphisms of $\Sigma$. Is there some known variational approach to determine if an element ...
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Wedge product equality of 2n-forms in 2n+2 dimension

I have a question that seems to me clear but i couldn't prove it. I have a diffeomorphism between the cotangent bundle of the n-sphere and the complex quadric as $$T^*(S^n)\to (S^n)^{\mathbb{C}},\ ...
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About Lefschetz fibration signature

Does there exists a Lefschetz fibration over $S^2$ for any given number admitting it as a signature? I think it is not possible so I need an counter example.