PSU Mark
Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

Meeting Details

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Title:Length minimizing paths in the group of hamitonian diffeomorphismsdiffeomorphisms with applications to Ham(M,\omega).
Seminar:Symplectic Topology Seminar
Speaker:Peter Spaeth, PSU
On any closed symplectic manifold we construct a path-connected neighborhood of the identity within the Hamiltonian diffeomorphism group with the property that each Hamiltonian diffeomorphism in this neighborhood admits a Hofer and spectral length minimizing path to the identity. This neighborhood is open in the $C^1-$topology. The construction depends on a continuation argument in the spirit of the work of Y. Chekanov and a chain level result in the Floer theory of Lagrangian intersections. This generalizes results of Lalonde and McDuff, McDuff and Y.-G. Oh. While the proof is somewhat technical, effort will be made to present the argument from scratch. Of independent interest, Y.-G. Oh's spectral metric, which is a Floer theoretical refinement of the Hofer metric and Oh's homological area of will be presented in detail. Several open questions will also be addressed.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB216
Date:05 / 01 / 2008
Time:02:15pm - 03:45pm