Morse theory and floer homology / Michele Audin and Mihai Damian.
By: Audin, Michele.
Contributor(s): Damian, Mihai.
Material type: TextSeries: Universitext.Publisher: London : SpringerVerlag, 2014Description: xiv, 596 p. ; illustrations.ISBN: 9781447154952 (softcover : alk. paper).Subject(s): Morse theory  Floer homologyDDC classification: 515.9Item type  Current location  Call number  Status  Date due  Barcode  Item holds  

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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction to Part I 
1. Morse Functions 
2. PseudoGradients 
3. The Morse Complex 
4. Morse Homology, Applications 
Introduction to Part II
5. What You Need To Know About Symplectic Geometry 
6. The Arnold Conjecture and the Floer Equation 
7. The Geometry of the symplectic group the Maslov Index 
8. Linearization and Transversality 
9. Spaces of Trajectories 
10. From Floer To Morse 
11. Floer Homology: Invariance 
12. The Elliptic Regularity of the floer operator
13. Technical Lemmas on the second derivative of the floer operator and other technicalities
14. Exercises for the Second Part 
Appendices: What You Need to Know to Read This Book
References
Index.
This book is an introduction to modern methods of symplectic topology. It is devoted to explaining the solution of an important problem originating from classical mechanics: the 'Arnold conjecture', which asserts that the number of 1periodic trajectories of a nondegenerate Hamiltonian system is bounded below by the dimension of the homology of the underlying manifold. The first part is a thorough introduction to Morse theory, a fundamental tool of differential topology. It defines the Morse complex and the Morse homology, and develops some of their applications. Morse homology also serves a simple model for Floer homology, which is covered in the second part. Floer homology is an infinitedimensional analogue of Morse homology. Its involvement has been crucial in the recent achievements in symplectic geometry and in particular in the proof of the Arnold conjecture. The building blocks of Floer homology are more intricate and imply the use of more sophisticated analytical methods, all of which are explained in this second part. The three appendices present a few prerequisites in differential geometry, algebraic topology and analysis. The book originated in a graduate course given at Strasbourg University, and contains a large range of figures and exercises. Morse Theory and Floer Homology will be particularly helpful for graduate and postgraduate students.
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