January  2009, 3(1): 61-101. doi: 10.3934/jmd.2009.3.61

Floer homology in disk bundles and symplectically twisted geodesic flows


Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, United States

Received  September 2008 Published  February 2009

We show that if $K: P\to\mathbb{R}$ is an autonomous Hamiltonian on a symplectic manifold $(P,\Omega)$ which attains a Morse-Bott nondegenerate minimum of 0 along a symplectic submanifold $M$ and if $c_1(TP)$↾M vanishes in real cohomology, then the Hamiltonian flow of $K$ has contractible periodic orbits with bounded period on all sufficiently small energy levels. As a special case, if the geodesic flow on T*M is twisted by a symplectic magnetic field form, then the resulting flow has contractible periodic orbits on all low energy levels. These results were proven by Ginzburg and Gürel when $\Omega$↾M is spherically rational, and our proof builds on their work; the argument involves constructing and carefully analyzing at the chain level a version of filtered Floer homology in the symplectic normal disk bundle to $M$.
Citation: Michael Usher. Floer homology in disk bundles and symplectically twisted geodesic flows. Journal of Modern Dynamics, 2009, 3 (1) : 61-101. doi: 10.3934/jmd.2009.3.61

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