Geometry & Topology, Vol. 9 (2005)
Paper no. 3, pages 121--162.
Homotopy properties of Hamiltonian group actions
Jarek Kedra and Dusa McDuff
Consider a Hamiltonian action of a compact Lie group H on a compact
symplectic manifold (M,w) and let G be a subgroup of the
diffeomorphism group Diff(M). We develop techniques to decide when the
maps on rational homotopy and rational homology induced by the
classifying map BH --> BG are injective. For example, we extend
Reznikov's result for complex projective space CP^n to show that both
in this case and the case of generalized flag manifolds the natural
map H_*(BSU(n+1)) --> H_*(BG) is injective, where G denotes the group
of all diffeomorphisms that act trivially on cohomology. We also show
that if lambda is a Hamiltonian circle action that contracts in G =
Ham(M,w) then there is an associated nonzero element in pi_3(G) that
deloops to a nonzero element of H_4(BG). This result (as well as many
others) extends to c-symplectic manifolds (M,a), ie, 2n-manifolds with
a class a in H^2(M) such that a^n is nonzero. The proofs are based on
calculations of certain characteristic classes and elementary homotopy
Symplectomorphism, Hamiltonian action, symplectic characteristic class, fiber integration
AMS subject classification.
Secondary: 53D05, 55R40, 57R17.
Submitted to GT on 30 April 2004.
(Revised 22 December 2004.)
Paper accepted 27 December 2004.
Paper published 28 December 2004.
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Jarek Kedra Dusa McDuff
Institute of Mathematics US, Wielkopolska 15, 70-451 Szczecin, Poland
and Mathematical Institute Polish Academy of Sciences
Sniadeckich 8, 00-950 Warszawa, Poland
Department of Mathematics, Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3651, USA
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
URL: http://www.univ.szczecin.pl/~kedra and http://www.math.sunysb.edu/~dusa
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