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Exotic spheres and the topology of symplectomorphism groups

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Topology
Issue number2
Volume8
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)586-602
Publication statusPublished
Early online date29/05/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

We show that, for certain families ϕs of diffeomorphisms of high‐dimensional spheres, the commutator of the Dehn twist along the zero‐section of T∗Sn with the family of pullbacks ϕ∗s gives a non‐contractible family of compactly supported symplectomorphisms. In particular, we find examples: where the Dehn twist along a parametrized Lagrangian sphere depends up to Hamiltonian isotopy on its parametrization; where the symplectomorphism group is not simply connected, and where the symplectomorphism group does not have the homotopy type of a finite CW complex. We show that these phenomena persist for Dehn twists along the standard matching spheres of the Am‐Milnor fibre. The non‐triviality is detected by considering the action of symplectomorphisms on the space of parametrized Lagrangian submanifolds. We find related examples of symplectic mapping classes for T∗(Sn×S1) and of an exotic symplectic structure on T∗(Sn×S1) standard at infinity.