In differential geometry, a subject of mathematics, a symplectic manifold is a smooth manifold, , equipped with a closed nondegenerate differential 2-form , called the symplectic form. The study of symplectic manifolds is called symplectic geometry or symplectic topology. Symplectic manifolds arise naturally in abstract formulations of classical mechanics and analytical mechanics as the cotangent bundles of manifolds. For example, in the Hamiltonian formulation of classical mechanics, which provides one of the major motivations for the field, the set of all possible configurations of a system is modeled as a manifold, and this manifold's cotangent bundle describes the phase space of the system.
Symplectic manifolds arise from classical mechanics; in particular, they are a generalization of the phase space of a closed system. TM → T∗M from the tangent manifold TM to the cotangent manifold T∗M, or equivalently, an element of T∗M ⊗ T∗M. Letting ω denote a section of T∗M ⊗ T∗M, the requirement that ω be non-degenerate ensures that for every differential dH there is a unique corresponding vector field VH such that dH = ω(VH, · ). Since one desires the Hamiltonian to be constant along flow lines, one should have dH(VH) = ω(VH, VH) = 0, which implies that ω is alternating and hence a 2-form. Finally, one makes the requirement that ω should not change under flow lines, i.e. that the Lie derivative of ω along VH vanishes. Applying Cartan's formula, this amounts to (here is the interior product):In the same way the Hamilton equations allow one to derive the time evolution of a system from a set of differential equations, the symplectic form should allow one to obtain a vector field describing the flow of the system from the differential dH of a Hamiltonian function H. So we require a linear map
so that, on repeating this argument for different smooth functions such that the corresponding span the tangent space at each point the argument is applied at, we see that the requirement for the vanishing Lie derivative along flows of corresponding to arbitrary smooth is equivalent to the requirement that ω should be closed.
A symplectic form on a smooth manifold is a closed non-degenerate differential 2-form . Here, non-degenerate means that for every point , the skew-symmetric pairing on the tangent space defined by is non-degenerate. That is to say, if there exists an such that for all , then . Since in odd dimensions, skew-symmetric matrices are always singular, the requirement that be nondegenerate implies that has an even dimension. The closed condition means that the exterior derivative of vanishes. A symplectic manifold is a pair where is a smooth manifold and is a symplectic form. Assigning a symplectic form to is referred to as giving a symplectic structure.
Let be a basis for We define our symplectic form ω on this basis as follows:
In this case the symplectic form reduces to a simple quadratic form. If In denotes the n × n identity matrix then the matrix, Ω, of this quadratic form is given by the 2n × 2n block matrix:
Let be a smooth manifold of dimension . Then the total space of the cotangent bundle has a natural symplectic form, called the Poincaré two-form or the canonical symplectic form
Here are any local coordinates on and are fibrewise coordinates with respect to the cotangent vectors . Cotangent bundles are the natural phase spaces of classical mechanics. The point of distinguishing upper and lower indexes is driven by the case of the manifold having a metric tensor, as is the case for Riemannian manifolds. Upper and lower indexes transform contra and covariantly under a change of coordinate frames. The phrase "fibrewise coordinates with respect to the cotangent vectors" is meant to convey that the momenta are "soldered" to the velocities . The soldering is an expression of the idea that velocity and momentum are colinear, in that both move in the same direction, and differ by a scale factor.
A Kähler manifold is a symplectic manifold equipped with a compatible integrable complex structure. They form a particular class of complex manifolds. A large class of examples come from complex algebraic geometry. Any smooth complex projective variety has a symplectic form which is the restriction of the Fubini—Study form on the projective space .
Riemannian manifolds with an -compatible almost complex structure are termed almost-complex manifolds. They generalize Kähler manifolds, in that they need not be integrable. That is, they do not necessarily arise from a complex structure on the manifold.
There are several natural geometric notions of submanifold of a symplectic manifold :
The most important case of the isotropic submanifolds is that of Lagrangian submanifolds. A Lagrangian submanifold is, by definition, an isotropic submanifold of maximal dimension, namely half the dimension of the ambient symplectic manifold. One major example is that the graph of a symplectomorphism in the product symplectic manifold (M × M, ω × −ω) is Lagrangian. Their intersections display rigidity properties not possessed by smooth manifolds; the Arnold conjecture gives the sum of the submanifold's Betti numbers as a lower bound for the number of self intersections of a smooth Lagrangian submanifold, rather than the Euler characteristic in the smooth case.
Let have global coordinates labelled Then, we can equip with the canonical symplectic form
There is a standard Lagrangian submanifold given by . The form vanishes on because given any pair of tangent vectors we have that To elucidate, consider the case . Then, and Notice that when we expand this out
both terms we have a factor, which is 0, by definition.
The cotangent bundle of a manifold is locally modeled on a space similar to the first example. It can be shown that we can glue these affine symplectic forms hence this bundle forms a symplectic manifold. A less trivial example of a Lagrangian submanifold is the zero section of the cotangent bundle of a manifold. For example, let
Then, we can present as
where we are treating the symbols as coordinates of We can consider the subset where the coordinates and , giving us the zero section. This example can be repeated for any manifold defined by the vanishing locus of smooth functions and their differentials .
Consider the canonical space with coordinates . A parametric submanifold of is one that is parameterized by coordinates such that
This manifold is a Lagrangain submanifold if the Lagrange bracket vanishes for all That is, it is Lagrangian if
for all This can be seen by expanding
in the condition for a Lagrangian submanifold . This is that the symplectic form must vanish on the tangent manifold ; that is, it must vanish for all tangent vectors:
for all . Simplify the result by making use of the canonical symplectic form on :
and all others vanishing.
As local charts on a symplectic manifold take on the canonical form, this example suggests that Lagrangian submanifolds are relatively unconstrained. The classification of symplectic manifolds is done via Floer homology — this is an application of Morse theory to the action functional for maps between Lagrangian submanifolds. In physics, the action describes the time evolution of a physical system; here, it can be taken as the description of the dynamics of branes.
Another useful class of Lagrangian submanifolds occur in Morse theory. Given a Morse function and for a small enough one can construct a Lagrangian submanifold given by the vanishing locus . For a generic Morse function we have a Lagrangian intersection given by .
In the case of Kahler manifolds (or Calabi–Yau manifolds) we can make a choice on as a holomorphic n-form, where is the real part and imaginary. A Lagrangian submanifold is called special if in addition to the above Lagrangian condition the restriction to is vanishing. In other words, the real part restricted on leads the volume form on . The following examples are known as special Lagrangian submanifolds,
The SYZ conjecture has been proved for special Lagrangian submanifolds but in general, it is open, and brings a lot of impacts to the study of mirror symmetry. see ( Hitchin 1999 )
A Lagrangian fibration of a symplectic manifold M is a fibration where all of the fibres are Lagrangian submanifolds. Since M is even-dimensional we can take local coordinates (p1,…,pn, q1,…,qn), and by Darboux's theorem the symplectic form ω can be, at least locally, written as ω = ∑ dpk∧ dqk, where d denotes the exterior derivative and ∧ denotes the exterior product. This form is called the Poincaré two-form or the canonical two-form. Using this set-up we can locally think of M as being the cotangent bundle and the Lagrangian fibration as the trivial fibration This is the canonical picture.
Let L be a Lagrangian submanifold of a symplectic manifold (K,ω) given by an immersion i : L ↪ K (i is called a Lagrangian immersion). Let π : K ↠ B give a Lagrangian fibration of K. The composite (π ∘ i) : L ↪ K ↠ B is a Lagrangian mapping. The critical value set of π ∘ i is called a caustic.
Two Lagrangian maps (π1 ∘ i1) : L1 ↪ K1 ↠ B1 and (π2 ∘ i2) : L2 ↪ K2 ↠ B2 are called Lagrangian equivalent if there exist diffeomorphisms σ, τ and ν such that both sides of the diagram given on the right commute, and τ preserves the symplectic form. Symbolically:
where τ∗ω2 denotes the pull back of ω2 by τ.
In vector calculus and differential geometry, the generalized Stokes theorem, also called the Stokes–Cartan theorem, is a statement about the integration of differential forms on manifolds, which both simplifies and generalizes several theorems from vector calculus. It is a generalization of Isaac Newton's fundamental theorem of calculus that relates two-dimensional line integrals to three-dimensional surface integrals.
In mathematics, the name symplectic group can refer to two different, but closely related, collections of mathematical groups, denoted Sp(2n, F) and Sp(n) for positive integer n and field F. The latter is called the compact symplectic group. Many authors prefer slightly different notations, usually differing by factors of 2. The notation used here is consistent with the size of the most common matrices which represent the groups. In Cartan's classification of the simple Lie algebras, the Lie algebra of the complex group Sp(2n, C) is denoted Cn, and Sp(n) is the compact real form of Sp(2n, C). Note that when we refer to the (compact) symplectic group it is implied that we are talking about the collection of (compact) symplectic groups, indexed by their dimension n.
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