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The Homotopy Lie Algebra of Symplectomorphism Groups of 3-Fold Blowups of (S2×S2,σstdσstd)

Sílvia Anjos and Sinan Eden

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We consider the 3-point blowup of the manifold (S2×S2,σσ), where σ is the standard symplectic form that gives area 1 to the sphere S2, and study its group of symplectomorphisms Symp(S2×S2#3CP¯2,ω). So far, the monotone case was studied by Evans [6], who proved that this group is contractible. Moreover, Li, Li, and Wu [13] showed that the group Symph(S2×S2#3CP¯2,ω) of symplectomorphisms that act trivially on homology is always connected, and recently, in [14], they also computed its fundamental group. We describe, in full detail, the rational homotopy Lie algebra of this group.

We show that some particular circle actions contained in the symplectomorphism group generate its full topology. More precisely, they give the generators of the homotopy graded Lie algebra of Symp(S2×S2#3CP¯2,ω). Our study depends on Karshon’s classification of Hamiltonian circle actions and the inflation technique introduced by Lalonde and McDuff. As an application, we deduce the rank of the homotopy groups of Symp(CP2#5CP¯2,ω˜) in the case of small blowups.

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Michigan Math. J., Volume 68, Issue 1 (2019), 71-126.

Received: 15 February 2017
Revised: 1 February 2018
First available in Project Euclid: 10 January 2019

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Primary: 53D35: Global theory of symplectic and contact manifolds [See also 57Rxx]
Secondary: 57R17: Symplectic and contact topology 57S05: Topological properties of groups of homeomorphisms or diffeomorphisms 57T20: Homotopy groups of topological groups and homogeneous spaces


Anjos, Sílvia; Eden, Sinan. The Homotopy Lie Algebra of Symplectomorphism Groups of 3-Fold Blowups of $(S^{2}\times S^{2},\sigma_{\mathrm{std}}\oplus\sigma_{\mathrm{std}})$. Michigan Math. J. 68 (2019), no. 1, 71--126. doi:10.1307/mmj/1547089467.

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