Topic: Quantitative symplectic geometry
Date: July 19 – 25, 2020
Location: Big Bear Lake, CA
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Description: This year, we will investigate Quantitative Symplectic Geometry, focusing on the problem of when a given symplectic manifold embeds inside another, and how the answer to this question may depend on quantitative parameters of the spaces in question. A symplectic manifold 𝑀 is a smooth manifold with a closed, non-degenerate two-form 𝜔. A symplectomorphism between two symplectic manifolds is a diffeomorphism preserving the symplectic forms. When the dimension of 𝑀 is 2𝑛, the 𝑛-th exterior power 𝜔𝑛 is a volume form on 𝑀. Consequently, a symplectomorphism is volume-preserving. In other words, a numerical obstruction to the existence of a symplectic embedding from a symplectic manifold 𝑀 to 𝑀′ is the comparison between their volumes. The first example of an interesting obstruction other than volume was found by Gromov in 1985, which states that a symplectic ball of radius 𝑅 cannot be embedded into a symplectic cylinder of radius 𝑟 if 𝑅 > 𝑟. Gromov’s celebrated “non-squeezing theorem” led Ekeland and Hofer to define the general definition of a symplectic capacity, a numerical invariant that can be used to obstruct symplectic embeddings.
After covering the basics of symplectic geometry, we will survey this circle of ideas on various symplectic capacities: the Hofer-Zehnder capacity, Viterbo’s spectral capacities, capacities from rational symplectic field theory, Guth’s construction of embeddings of higher dimensional ellipsoids, Hutchings-Taubes’ embedded contact homology (ECH) capacities, McDuff’s four-dimensional ellipsoid embedding problem, and Cristofaro-Gardiner’s sharp embedding results using toric geometry.
Format: Kylerec is a student-led and student-run workshop. We will live in a communal setting, sharing cooking and cleaning responsibilities. Talks will be given by a majority of the participants, with guidance from our mentors. Our vision is to foster a healthy, relaxed and creative atmosphere where we can learn mathematics together and make human connections in the process. There are no spectators, only participants!
Mentors: Dan Cristofaro-Gardiner (UC Santa Cruz), Sara Venkatesh (Stanford).
Organizing committee: Orsola Capovilla-Searle (Duke), Dahye Cho (Stony Brook), François-Simon Fauteux-Chapleau (Stanford), Tim Large (MIT), Sarah McConnell (Stanford).
Funding: Local expenses (including lodging and food) and partial travel expenses will be covered for participants.
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