Parabolic conformally symplectic structures I; definition and distinguished connections

27 Sep 2017  ·  Cap Andreas, Salac Tomas ·

We introduce a class of first order G-structures, each of which has an underlying almost conformally symplectic structure. There is one such structure for each real simple Lie algebra which is not of type $C_n$ and admits a contact grading... We show that a structure of each of these types on a smooth manifold $M$ determines a canonical compatible linear connection on the tangent bundle $TM$. This connection is characterized by a normalization condition on its torsion. The algebraic background for this result is proved using Kostant's theorem on Lie algebra cohomology. For each type, we give an explicit description of both the geometric structure and the normalization condition. In particular, the torsion of the canonical connection naturally splits into two components, one of which is exactly the obstruction to the underlying structure being conformally symplectic. This article is the first in a series aiming at a construction of differential complexes naturally associated to these geometric structures. read more

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Differential Geometry Symplectic Geometry