## Topology of symplectomorphism groups of rational ruled surfaces

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- by Miguel Abreu and Dusa McDuff;
- J. Amer. Math. Soc.
**13**(2000), 971-1009 - DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/S0894-0347-00-00344-1
- Published electronically: June 23, 2000
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## Abstract:

Let $M$ be either $S^2\times S^2$ or the one point blow-up ${\mathbb {C}}P^2\#\overline {{\mathbb {C}}P}^2$ of ${\mathbb {C}}P^2$. In both cases $M$ carries a family of symplectic forms $\omega _{\lambda }$, where $\lambda > -1$ determines the cohomology class $[\omega _\lambda ]$. This paper calculates the rational (co)homology of the group $G_\lambda$ of symplectomorphisms of $(M,\omega _\lambda )$ as well as the rational homotopy type of its classifying space $BG_\lambda$. It turns out that each group $G_\lambda$ contains a finite collection $K_k, k = 0,\dots ,\ell = \ell (\lambda )$, of finite dimensional Lie subgroups that generate its homotopy. We show that these subgroups “asymptotically commute", i.e. all the higher Whitehead products that they generate vanish as $\lambda \to \infty$. However, for each fixed $\lambda$ there is essentially one nonvanishing product that gives rise to a “jumping generator" $w_\lambda$ in $H^*(G_\lambda )$ and to a single relation in the rational cohomology ring $H^*(BG_\lambda )$. An analog of this generator $w_\lambda$ was also seen by Kronheimer in his study of families of symplectic forms on $4$-manifolds using Seiberg–Witten theory. Our methods involve a close study of the space of $\omega _\lambda$-compatible almost complex structures on $M$.## References

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## Bibliographic Information

**Miguel Abreu**- Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Instituto Superior Técnico, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
- Email: mabreu@math.ist.utl.pt
**Dusa McDuff**- Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11794-3651
- MR Author ID: 190631
- Email: dusa@math.sunysb.edu
- Received by editor(s): October 25, 1999
- Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 13, 2000
- Published electronically: June 23, 2000
- Additional Notes: The first author was partially supported by NSF grant DMS 9304580, while at the Institute for Advanced Study (1996/97), and afterwards by FCT grant PCEX/C/MAT/44/96 and PRAXIS XXI through the Research Units Pluriannual Funding Program

The second author was partially supported by NSF grant DMS 9704825. - © Copyright 2000 American Mathematical Society
- Journal: J. Amer. Math. Soc.
**13**(2000), 971-1009 - MSC (2000): Primary 57S05, 57R17; Secondary 53D35
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1090/S0894-0347-00-00344-1
- MathSciNet review: 1775741