Moment map sand non-compact cobordisms

Yael Karshon*

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We define an abstract moment map for a torus action on a smooth manifold without a two-form. Cobordisms of such structures are meaningful even if the manifolds are noncompact, as long as the abstract moment maps are proper. We prove that a compact manifold with a torus action and an abstract moment map is cobordant the normal bundle of its fixed point set. Two formulas follow easily: Guillemin’s topological version of the abelian Jeffrey-Kirwan localization, and the Guillemin-Lerman-Sternberg formula for the Duistermaat-Heckman measure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-201
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Differential Geometry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


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