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𝒞 0 -rigidity of characteristics in symplectic geometry

Emmanuel Opshtein (2009)

Annales scientifiques de l'École Normale Supérieure

The paper concerns a 𝒞 0 -rigidity result for the characteristic foliations in symplectic geometry. A symplectic homeomorphism (in the sense of Eliashberg-Gromov) which preserves a smooth hypersurface also preserves its characteristic foliation.

A vanishing theorem for twisted Alexander polynomials with applications to symplectic 4-manifolds

Stefan Friedl, Stefano Vidussi (2013)

Journal of the European Mathematical Society

In this paper we show that given any 3-manifold N and any non-fibered class in H 1 ( N ; Z ) there exists a representation such that the corresponding twisted Alexander polynomial is zero. We obtain this result by extending earlier work of ours and by combining this with recent results of Agol and Wise on separability of 3-manifold groups. This result allows us to completely classify symplectic 4-manifolds with a free circle action, and to determine their symplectic cones.

An index inequality for embedded pseudoholomorphic curves in symplectizations

Michael Hutchings (2002)

Journal of the European Mathematical Society

Let Σ be a surface with a symplectic form, let φ be a symplectomorphism of Σ , and let Y be the mapping torus of φ . We show that the dimensions of moduli spaces of embedded pseudoholomorphic curves in × 𝕐 , with cylindrical ends asymptotic to periodic orbits of φ or multiple covers thereof, are bounded from above by an additive relative index. We deduce some compactness results for these moduli spaces. This paper establishes some of the foundations for a program with Michael Thaddeus, to understand...

An inequality for symplectic fillings of the link of a hypersurface K3 singularity

Hiroshi Ohta, Kaoru Ono (2009)

Banach Center Publications

Some relations between normal complex surface singularities and symplectic fillings of the links of the singularities are discussed. For a certain class of singularities of general type, which are called hypersurface K3 singularities in this paper, an inequality for numerical invariants of any minimal symplectic fillings of the links of the singularities is derived. This inequality can be regarded as a symplectic/contact analog of the 11/8-conjecture in 4-dimensional topology.

Climbing a Legendrian mountain range without stabilization

Douglas J. LaFountain, William W. Menasco (2014)

Banach Center Publications

We introduce a new braid-theoretic framework with which to understand the Legendrian and transversal classification of knots, namely a Legendrian Markov Theorem without Stabilization which induces an associated transversal Markov Theorem without Stabilization. We establish the existence of a nontrivial knot-type specific Legendrian and transversal MTWS by enhancing the Legendrian mountain range for the (2,3)-cable of a (2,3)-torus knot provided by Etnyre and Honda, and showing that elementary negative...

Compactness for embedded pseudoholomorphic curves in 3-manifolds

Chris Wendl (2010)

Journal of the European Mathematical Society

We prove a compactness theorem for holomorphic curves in 4-dimensional symplectizations that have embedded projections to the underlying 3-manifold. It strengthens the cylindrical case of the SFT compactness theorem [BEH+C03] by using intersection theory to show that degenerations of such sequences never give rise to multiple covers or nodes, so transversality is easily achieved. This has application to the theory of stable finite energy foliations introduced in [HWZ03], and also suggests a new...

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