Geometry & Topology, Vol. 4 (2000)
Paper no. 16, pages 451--456.
Diffeomorphisms, symplectic forms and Kodaira fibrations
As was recently pointed out by McMullen and Taubes [Math. Res. Lett. 6
(1999) 681-696], there are $4$--manifolds for which the diffeomorphism
group does not act transitively on the deformation classes of
orientation-compatible symplectic structures. This note points out
some other $4$--manifolds with this property which arise as the
orientation-reversed versions of certain complex surfaces constructed
by Kodaira [J. Analyse Math. 19 (1967) 207-215]. While this
construction is arguably simpler than that of McMullen and Taubes, its
simplicity comes at a price: the examples exhibited herein all have
large fundamental groups.
Symplectic manifold, complex surface, Seiberg-Witten invariants
AMS subject classification.
Secondary: 14J29, 57R57.
Submitted to GT on 11 June 2000.
Paper accepted 21 November 2000.
Paper published 26 November 2000.
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Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651, USA
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