By Hansjörg Geiges

ISBN-10: 0511377061

ISBN-13: 9780511377068

ISBN-10: 0511378858

ISBN-13: 9780511378850

ISBN-10: 0521865859

ISBN-13: 9780521865852

This article on touch topology is the 1st finished advent to the topic, together with contemporary awesome purposes in geometric and differential topology: Eliashberg's evidence of Cerf's theorem through the type of tight touch constructions at the 3-sphere, and the Kronheimer-Mrowka evidence of estate P for knots through symplectic fillings of touch 3-manifolds. beginning with the elemental differential topology of touch manifolds, all features of three-dimensional touch manifolds are taken care of during this ebook. One outstanding function is a close exposition of Eliashberg's type of overtwisted touch buildings. Later chapters additionally care for higher-dimensional touch topology. right here the focal point is on touch surgical procedure, yet different buildings of touch manifolds are defined, akin to open books or fibre hooked up sums. This publication serves either as a self-contained creation to the topic for complex graduate scholars and as a reference for researchers.

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X = y. This proves (i). Statements (ii) and (iii) then follow from the general properties of a polarity: the tangent line to C at qj , j = 1, 2, is ϕ(qj ) by (i). Hence q ∈ ϕ(qj ) and therefore ϕ(q) ϕ∗ (ϕ(qj )) = qj . This proves (ii). Statement (iii) follows by a further iteration of this argument. (c) One easily veriﬁes Φ(L(q 0 ,p 0 ) ) = L∗Φ(q 0 ,p 0 ) and Φ(L∗(q 0 ,p 0 ) ) = LΦ(q 0 ,p 0 ) . Since the natural contact structure ξ is determined by the tangent lines to these projective lines, we have T Φ(q 0 ,p 0 ) (ξ(q 0 ,p 0 ) ) = ξΦ(q 0 ,p 0 ) .

Then the condition for L to be isotropic becomes i∗ α ≡ 0. It follows that i∗ dα ≡ 0. In particular, Tp L ⊂ ξp is an isotropic subspace of the 2n–dimensional symplectic vector space (ξp , dα|ξ p ). 6 we have dim Tp L ≤ (dim ξp )/2 = n. 13 An isotropic submanifold L ⊂ (M 2n +1 , ξ) of maximal possible dimension n is called a Legendrian submanifold. 14 (1) Regard ST B as the space of cooriented contact elements with its natural contact structure, and write π : ST B → B for the bundle projection. This particular bundle projection is called the (wave) front projection.

N; (iii) Γkij (0) = 0, for i, j, k = 1, . . , n; ∂gij (0) = 0, for i, j, k = 1, . . , n. (iv) gij,k (0) := ∂qk Proof (i) This simply expresses the fact that b0 = expb 0 (0). (ii) Since T0 expb 0 : T0 (Tb 0 B) → Tb 0 B is the identity map under the natural identiﬁcation of T0 (Tb 0 B) with Tb 0 B, we have T0 expb 0 (∂q i ) = ei and hence gij (0) = gb 0 (ei , ej ) = δij . (iii) By deﬁnition of the exponential map, the geodesics through b0 are in normal coordinates given as linear maps t −→ γ(t) = (ta1 , .

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