On continuity of quasimorphisms for symplectic maps

Michael Entov, Leonid Polterovich, Pierre Py

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We discuss C0-continuous homogeneous quasimorphisms on the identity component of the group of compactly supported symplectomorphisms of a symplectic manifold. Such quasimorphisms extend to the C0-closure of this group inside the homeomorphism group. We show that for standard symplectic balls of any dimension, as well as for compact oriented surfaces other than the sphere, the space of such quasimorphisms is infinite-dimensional. In the case of surfaces, we give a user-friendly topological characterization of such quasimorphisms. We also present an application to Hofer’s geometry on the group of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms of the ball.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Mathematics
Number of pages29
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameProgress in Mathematics
ISSN (Print)0743-1643
ISSN (Electronic)2296-505X


  • Calabi homomorphism
  • Hofer metric
  • Quasimorphism
  • Symplectomorphism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Geometry and Topology


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