, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 420-437

Symplectic Packing in Dimension 4

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We discuss closed symplectic 4-manifolds which admit full symplectic packings by N equal balls for large N's. We give a homological criterion for recognizing such manifolds. As a corollary we prove that \( {\Bbb C} P^2 \) can be fully packed by N equal balls for every \( N \geq 9 \) .

Submitted: June 1996, final version: October 1996