First steps in stable Hamiltonian topology

  • Kai Cieliebak

    Universität Augsburg, Germany
  • Evgeny Volkov

    Universität Augsburg, Germany


In this paper we study topological properties of stable Hamiltonian structures. In particular, we prove the following results in dimension three: The space of stable Hamiltonian structures modulo homotopy is discrete; stable Hamiltonian structures are generically Morse-Bott (i.e. all closed orbits are Bott nondegenerate) but not Morse; the standard contact structure on is homotopic to a stable Hamiltonian structure which cannot be embedded in . Moreover, we derive a structure theorem for stable Hamiltonian structures in dimension three, study sympectic cobordisms between stable Hamiltonian structures, and discuss implications for the foundations of symplectic field theory.

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Kai Cieliebak, Evgeny Volkov, First steps in stable Hamiltonian topology. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 17 (2015), no. 2, pp. 321–404

DOI 10.4171/JEMS/505