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# Reeb vector field

About: Reeb vector field is a(n) research topic. Over the lifetime, 254 publication(s) have been published within this topic receiving 4118 citation(s).

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TL;DR: In this paper, it was shown that the volume function of a Sasaki-Einstein manifold is a function on the space of Reeb vector fields, and that it can be computed in terms of topological fixed point data.

Abstract: We study a variational problem whose critical point determines the Reeb vector field for a Sasaki–Einstein manifold. This extends our previous work on Sasakian geometry by lifting the condition that the manifolds are toric. We show that the Einstein–Hilbert action, restricted to a space of Sasakian metrics on a link L in a Calabi–Yau cone X, is the volume functional, which in fact is a function on the space of Reeb vector fields. We relate this function both to the Duistermaat–Heckman formula and also to a limit of a certain equivariant index on X that counts holomorphic functions. Both formulae may be evaluated by localisation. This leads to a general formula for the volume function in terms of topological fixed point data. As a result we prove that the volume of a Sasaki–Einstein manifold, relative to that of the round sphere, is always an algebraic number. In complex dimension n = 3 these results provide, via AdS/CFT, the geometric counterpart of a–maximisation in four dimensional superconformal field theories. We also show that our variational problem dynamically sets to zero the Futaki invariant of the transverse space, the latter being an obstruction to the existence of a Kahler–Einstein metric.

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TL;DR: In this article, a study of contact metric manifolds for which the characteristic vector field of the contact structure satisfies a nullity type condition, condition (*) below, is presented.

Abstract: This paper presents a study of contact metric manifolds for which the characteristic vector field of the contact structure satisfies a nullity type condition, condition (*) below. There are a number of reasons for studying this condition and results concerning it given in the paper: There exist examples in all dimensions; the condition is invariant underD-homothetic deformations; in dimensions>5 the condition determines the curvature completely; and in dimension 3 a complete, classification is given, in particular these include the 3-dimensional unimodular Lie groups with a left invariant metric.

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors studied pseudoholomorphic maps from a punctured Riemann surface into the symplectization of a contact manifold and proved that these spaces are generically smooth manifolds, and therefore their virtual dimension coincides with their actual dimension.

Abstract: We study pseudoholomorphic maps from a punctured Riemann surface into the symplectization of a contact manifold. A Fredholm theory yields the virtual dimension of the moduli spaces of such maps in terms of the Euler characteristic of the Riemann surface and the asymptotics data given by the periodic solutions of the Reeb vector field associated to the contact form. The transversality results establish the existence of additional structure for these spaces. To be more precise, we prove that these spaces are generically smooth manifolds, and therefore their virtual dimension coincides with their actual dimension.

140 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors considered supersymmetric gauge theories on Riemannian three-manifolds with the topology of a three-sphere and showed that the partition function depends only on this vector field, giving an explicit expression in terms of the double sine function.

Abstract: We consider supersymmetric gauge theories on Riemannian three-manifolds with the topology of a three-sphere. The three-manifold is always equipped with a contact structure and an associated Reeb vector field. We show that the partition function depends only on this vector field, giving an explicit expression in terms of the double sine function. In the large N limit our formula agrees with a recently discovered two-parameter family of dual supergravity solutions. We also explain how our results may be applied to prove vortex-antivortex factorization. Finally, we comment on the extension of our results to three-manifolds with non-trivial fundamental group.

137 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors studied smooth maps with finite energy defined on the punctured Riemann surface S = S\Γ and satisfying a Cauchy-Riemann type equation T ∘ j = J ∘ Tũ for special almost complex structures J, related to contact forms A on the compact three manifold M.

Abstract: We shall study smooth maps ũ: S → ℝ x M of finite energy defined on the punctured Riemann surface S = S\Γ and satisfying a Cauchy-Riemann type equation Tũ ∘ j = Jũ ∘ Tũ for special almost complex structures J, related to contact forms A on the compact three manifold M. Neither the domain nor the target space are compact. This difficulty leads to an asymptotic analysis near the punctures. A Fredholm theory determines the dimension of the solution space in terms of the asymptotic data defined by non-degenerate periodic solutions of the Reeb vector field associated with λ on M, the Euler characteristic of S, and the number of punctures. Furthermore, some transversality results are established.

117 citations