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Vol. 47, No. 2, pp. 435-446 (2006)

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On the Geometry of Symplectic Involutions

Mark Pankov

Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, University of Warmia and Mazury, {\. Z}olnierska 14A, 10-561 Olsztyn, Poland; e-mail:

Abstract: Let $V$ be a $2n$-dimensional vector space over a field $F$ and $\Omega$ be a non-degenerate symplectic form on $V$. Denote by ${\mathfrak H}_{k}(\Omega)$ the set of all $2k$-dimensional subspaces $U\subset V$ such that the restriction $\Omega|_{U}$ is non-degenerate. Our main result (Theorem 1) says that if $n\ne 2k$ and $\max(k,n-k)\ge 5$ then any bijective transformation of ${\mathfrak H}_{k}(\Omega)$ preserving the class of base subsets is induced by a semi-symplectic automorphism of $V$. For the case when $n\ne 2k$ this fails, but we have a weak version of this result (Theorem 2). If the characteristic of $F$ is not equal to $2$ then there is a one-to-one correspondence between elements of ${\mathfrak H}_{k}(\Omega)$ and symplectic $(2k,2n-2k)$-involutions and Theorem 1 can be formulated as follows: for the case when $n\ne 2k$ and $\max(k,n-k)\ge 5$ any commutativity preserving bijective transformation of the set of symplectic $(2k,2n-2k)$-involutions can be extended to an automorphism of the symplectic group.

Keywords: hyperbolic symplectic geometry, symplectic group, Grassmannian

Classification (MSC2000): 51N30, 51A50

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