Algebraic and Geometric Topology 1 (2001), paper no. 26, pages 503-518.

Generalized symplectic rational blowdowns

Margaret Symington

Abstract. We prove that the generalized rational blowdown, a surgery on smooth 4-manifolds, can be performed in the symplectic category.

Keywords. Symplectic surgery, blowdown

AMS subject classification. Primary: 57R17. Secondary: 57R15, 57M50.

DOI: 10.2140/agt.2001.1.503

E-print: arXiv:math.SG/0108075

Submitted: 6 August 2001. (Revised: 20 September 2001.) Accepted: 21 September 2001. Published: 22 September 2001.

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Margaret Symington
School of Mathematics
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332, USA

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