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Journal of Lie Theory 12 (2002), No. 2, 571--582
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2002

Convexity of Hamiltonian Manifolds

Friedrich Knop
Dept. of Mathematics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903, U.S.A.

We study point set topological properties of the moment map. In particular, we introduce the notion of a convex Hamiltonian manifold. This notion combines convexity of the momentum image and connectedness of moment map fibers with a certain openness requirement for the moment map. We show that convexity rules out many pathologies for moment maps. Then we show that the most important classes of Hamiltonian manifolds (e.g., unitary vector spaces, compact manifolds, or cotangent bundles) are in fact convex. Moreover, we prove that every Hamiltonian manifold is locally convex.

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