University of Toronto's Symplectic Geometry Seminar

Monday, 12 January 2009, 2:10pm
Bahen 6183


University of Toronto

Courant algebroids and Poisson geometry


Given a manifold M with an action of a quadratic Lie algebra d, such that all stabilizer algebras are co-isotropic in d, we show that the product Md becomes a Courant algebroid over M. If the bilinear form on d is split, the choice of transverse Lagrangian subspaces g1, g2 of d defines a bivector field \pi on M, which is Poisson if (d, g1, g2) is a Manin triple. In this way, we recover the Poisson structures of Lu-Yakimov, and in particular the Evens-Lu Poisson structures on the variety of Lagrangian Grassmannians and on the de Concini-Procesi compactifications. Various Poisson maps between such examples are interpreted in terms of the behaviour of Lagrangian splittings under Courant morphisms.