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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Tautological 1-form on the cotangent bundle

I'm trying to understand a little bit about symplectic geometry, in particular the tautological 1-form on the cotangent bundle. I'm following Ana Canas Da Silva's notes. On page 10 she describes the ...
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Symplectic reversing diffeomorphisms

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a compact symplectic manifold. Is there a diffeomorphism $f$ on M with $f^{*}\omega =-\omega$?
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Are there exotic symplectic structures on $ S^2 $?

Besides the obvoius symplectic structure on $ S^2$ given by the area element in the standard embedding $ S^2 \to \Bbb R^3$, are there any other closed 2-forms on $ S^2$ which produce nonisomorphic ...
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Checking my understanding of $T^*M$ as a symplectic manifold and the links between the classical description of Lagrangians vs this invariant way.

I am working through a book titled "An introduction to mechanics and symmetry" by Marsden and Ratiu. I have written up a brief summary trying to solidify my understanding of the general principles. ...
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Showing that some symplectomorphism isn't Hamiltonian

I have the next symplectomorphism $(x,\xi)\mapsto (x,\xi+1)$ of $T^* S^1$, and I am asked if it's Hamiltonian symplectomorphism, i believe that it's not, though I am not sure how to show it. I know ...
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Floer theory or Floer homology, an introduction for physicists needed

I need an introduction to Floer theory that's suitable for perhaps a beginning math grad student or a 2nd year physics grad student. The wiki article is sufficiently over my head that it reads as ...
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Explicit homotopy equivalence of homogeneous spaces $O(2n)/U(n)$ and $GL(2n,\mathbb{R})/GL(n,\mathbb{C})$

Exercise 2.25 of symplectic topology by McDuff and Salamon asks me to prove that $O(2n)/U(n)$ is homotopy equivalent to $GL(2n,\mathbb{R})/GL(n,\mathbb{C})$. They suggest to use the polar ...
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Why is the moduli space of flat connections a symplectic orbifold?

In her Lectures on Symplectic Geometry on page 159, Ana Cannas da Silva writes "It turns out that $\mathcal{M}$ is a finite-dimensional symplectic orbifold." Can somebody give me a reference for ...
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Moment map of the action of $\operatorname{SO}(3)$ on the sphere

The moment map of the action of $\operatorname{SO}(3)$ on the sphere can be thought of as inclusion from $S^2$ into $\mathbb R^3$ by identifying $\mathfrak{so}(3)$ (the Lie algebra of ...
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Convex boundary of a symplectic manifold

Given a symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$, suppose that $\partial M$ is of contact type. A Liouville field on a symplectic manifold is a vector field $X$ such that $\mathcal L_X \omega = \omega$. We ...
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Tangent space of Cotangent bundle at zero section?

Let $M$ be a differentiable manifold with cotangent bundle $T^*M$. How can I prove that $T_{(p,0)}T^*M$ is naturally isomorphic to $T_pM\oplus T_pM^*$? If this true, then I think I could prove that ...
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Why should a symplectic form be closed?

Thanks for reading my question. I'm wonder why a symplectic form should be closed. I found many different answers in the internet, but it sounds like a technical requirement (if we omit this ...
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is the geodesic flow on Hyperbolic Plane completely integrable?

I'm looking for examples of completely integrable systems and specifically geodesic flows. We remember that when we have a symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ (with $M$ of dimension $2n$) and ...
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symplectic lie algebra is simple

The symplectic lie algebra defined by $sp\left(n\right)=\left\{ X\in gl_{2n}\,|\, X^{t}J+JX=0\right\}$ when $J=\begin{pmatrix}0 & I\\ -I & 0\end{pmatrix}$. So $X\in sp\left(n\right)$ is of ...
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How to find the integral curves that are orbits of one-parameter groups?

Consider $\mathbb{R}^2$ with standard symplectic structure and inner product. Consider a Hamiltonian $$H=(x,y)A(x,y)^t$$ where $$A=\begin{pmatrix} \alpha & \beta \\ \beta & \delta ...
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Symplectic geometry as a prerequisite for Heegaard Floer homology

I would like to study Heegaard Floer homology in the future in the connection to knot theory. I read a wikipedia article and it seems that I need to first learn a symplectic geometry (topology?). I ...
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Is the Poisson tensor associated to a left invariant symplectic form, also left invariant?

Given a left invariant symplectic form $\omega$ on a Lie group $G$, the Poisson tensor associated to $\omega$ is given by $$\pi(df,dg)=\omega(X_f,X_g)$$ where $X_f$ is the hamiltonian vector field ...
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is any hamiltonian system with just one degree of freedom completely integrable?

An hamiltonian system with $n$ degree of freedom is said to be completely integrable when there exists an system $f_1,\ldots,f_n$ of first integrals mutually Poisson-commuting, such that ...
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Topology on the space of compatible almost complex structures in symplectic geometry

I have a few fairly generic questions, with a specific application to symplectic geometry in mind. Let me pose the specific problem first: Let a symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$ be given. One is ...
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$4$-form $ \omega \wedge \omega$ vanishes on $S^4$

If $\omega$ is a closed $2$-form on $S^4$, how can I show the $4$-form $ \omega \wedge \omega$ vanishes somewhere on $S^4$? I am guessing that the fact we're talking about the $2$-form being ...
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Self-intersection number of a complex curve in complex projective space

I'm currently trying to get a grip on actually calculating some differential-geometric definitions. I'm looking at the following map from $\mathbb{CP}^{1}$ to $\mathbb{CP}^2$ : ...
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compact symplectic manifolds

Why there is no compact symplectic submanifold with dimension greater than 2 in $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$ ?
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How to find lagrangian submanifolds.

I am quite confused on the definition of a lagrangian submanifold $L$ of a symplectic manifold $(M,\omega)$. In particular, I read that $L \subset M$ is lagrangian iff the symplectic form field ...
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symplectic manifolds

I know sometimes they use advanced methods to prove a given 4-manifold is not symplectic. for instance by Seiberg-Witten theory. But for a manifold to be symplectic we just need to check that there is ...
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Some differential geometry computation woes

I'm trying to follow Moser's argument in symplectic geometry, and running into some troubles. Here is a picture (confusing parts are circled in red): For the first one, what happens when $s+t$ ...
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Space of oriented lines in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$ as symplectic quotient.

I've been working out a nice example of symplectic reduction, and have come to a solution only after quite a lot of effort. So I was wondering if anyone knew a more straightforward route to the ...
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Physical Meaning of Symplectic Vector Fields

The mathematics of symplectic (as well as Hamiltonian) vector fields is something that has been quite clear to me for some time, but recently I have been thinking much more about what certain ...
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Proof for the existence of a second fixed point in Poincaré's last geometric theorem

In "Geometry and Billiards" by S. Tabachnikov the author proves Poincaré's last geometric theorem: "An area-preserving transformation of an annulus that moves the boundary circles in opposite ...
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Fukaya Categories

I was just wondering: what references one might suggest for learning about Fukaya categories (specifically, good references for self-study)? I suppose I should add that any references with an eye ...
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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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Why does symplectic geometry have many applications in mathematics

It is not quite intuitive , at least from its origin. Could any one can give me an intuitive explanation?Thank you!
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Symplectic Forms

Let $(M, \omega)$ be a symplectic manifold, so that $\omega$ is a non-degenerate 2-form. If $\dim M = 2n$ why does $\omega$ being non-degenerate imply that $\underbrace{\omega \wedge \ldots \wedge ...
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Symplectic 2-Sphere

Consider the sphere $S^2\subset\mathbb{R}^3$ in cylindrical coordinates $(\theta, z)$ (away from poles $z=\pm 1$) with symplectic structure $\omega=d\theta\wedge dz$. I want to show that the vector ...
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Why is $Sp(2m)$ as regular set of $f(A)=A^tJA-J$, and, hence a Lie group.

I'm trying to prove that $Sp(2m)$ is a Lie group using this: defining a function $f(A)=A^tJA-J$ and trying to see that this is a submersion. But I've not realized yet what is the domains and the range ...
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Looking for a good book on Morse-Bott functions.

I am looking for a book to study for the first time Morse-Bott functions. Does anyone know one that is easy to follow and detailed? If there is one connecting this subject with symplectic geometry, it ...
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the tautological 1 form

My question relates to p317-p318 of John Lee's "Introduction to Smooth Manifolds" discussion about the tautological 1 form. In Proposition 12.24, we have the expression: $\tau_{(x, \xi)} = \pi^* ...
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Symplectic Chart

I was reading the article "Symplectic structures on Banach manifolds" by Alan Weinstein. In this article there is one theorem, which is as following: If $B$ is a zero neighborhood in Banach space. ...
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Inclusion $O(2n)/U(n)\to GL(2n,\mathbb{R})/GL(n,\mathbb{C}) $

How to show, that an inclusion of homogenious spaces $$O(2n)/U(n)\to GL(2n,\mathbb{R})/GL(n,\mathbb{C}) $$ is homotopy equivalence? The big space is the space of complex structures on ...
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What is a local invariant?

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold. Then, it is usually said that $M$ has local invariants associated to $g$. For example, the curvature of the Levi-Civita connection associated to $g$. My question ...
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Momentum a cotangent vector?

Imagine we have a particle described by $x \in M$, where $M$ is some manifold, then it is very intuitive I think that a velocity is an element of the tangent space at $x$, so $x' \in T_{x}M.$ Thus, by ...
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A problem about symplectic manifolds in Arnold's book

There is a problem in Arnold's Mathematical Methods of Classical Mechanics which says that: Show that the map $A: \mathbb{R}^{2n} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^{2n}$ sending $(p, q) \rightarrow (P(p,q), ...
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Symplectic form on a complex manifold

I am a little muddled and am hoping I can get some clarification about forms in a complex manifold. Since I am only concerned with local issues, consider $M = \mathbb C^n$ as a complex manifold. So ...
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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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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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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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Why spheres are not symplectic manifolds?

Reading some books on diferential geometry, a found that $S^{2n}$ (with $ n>1$) are not symplectic manifolds. They say it's because the de Rham cohomology of this spheres are R, but I do not ...
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Symplectic 2-Torus

Consider the 2-torus $T=S^1\times S^1$ with symplectic form $\omega=d\theta\wedge d\varphi$ and the vector field $X=\partial_\theta$. I wonder if $X$ is hamiltonian. In other words, is $\iota_X\omega$ ...
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No symplectic structure on $S^{2n},\ n>1$

I am trying to show that there is no symplectic structure on the $2n$-dimensional sphere $S^{2n}$, where $n>1$. I've tried following these steps: (a) Given a compact $2n$-dimensional symplectic ...
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Proving that a particular submanifold of the cotangent space is Lagrangian

I have the following problem in my differential topology class: Let $M$ be an $n$-dimensional manifold and let $\omega$ denote the standard symplectic form on the cotangent space $T^*M$. Let $f \in ...
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reference for strongly continuous semi-groups

At the moment I am trying to understand the proof of the Fredholm property in Salamon's notes on Floer homology. There I came across the notion of an unbounded operator on a (real) Hilbert space which ...