Unobstructed symplectic packing for tori and hyper-Kähler manifolds

Michael Entov, Misha Verbitsky

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Let M be a closed symplectic manifold of volume V. We say that the symplectic packings of M by balls are unobstructed if any collection of disjoint symplectic balls (of possibly different radii) of total volume less than V admits a symplectic embedding to M. In 1994, McDuff and Polterovich proved that symplectic packings of Kähler manifolds by balls can be characterized in terms of the Kähler cones of their blow-ups. When M is a Kähler manifold which is not a union of its proper subvarieties (such a manifold is called Campana simple), these Kähler cones can be described explicitly using the Demailly and Paun structure theorem. We prove that for any Campana simple Kähler manifold, as well as for any manifold which is a limit of Campana simple manifolds in a smooth deformation, the symplectic packings by balls are unobstructed. This is used to show that the symplectic packings by balls of all even-dimensional tori equipped with Kähler symplectic forms and of all hyper-Kähler manifolds of maximal holonomy are unobstructed. This generalizes a previous result by Latschev-McDuff-Schlenk. We also consider symplectic packings by other shapes and show, using Ratner's orbit closure theorem, that any even-dimensional torus equipped with a Kähler form whose cohomology class is not proportional to a rational one admits a full symplectic packing by any number of equal polydisks (and, in particular, by any number of equal cubes).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)589-626
Number of pages38
JournalJournal of Topology and Analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • Campana simple complex structure
  • Kähler cone
  • Kähler manifold
  • Symplectic manifold
  • hyper-Kähler manifold
  • symplectic cone
  • symplectic packing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analysis
  • Geometry and Topology


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