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SO(n)-Invariant Special Lagrangian Submanifolds of ℂn+1 with Fixed Loci*


Let SO(n) act in the standard way on ℂn and extend this action in the usual way to ℂn+1 = ℂ ⊕ ℂn.

It is shown that a nonsingular special Lagrangian submanifold L ⊂ ℂn+1 that is invariant under this SO(n)-action intersects the fixed ℂ ⊂ ℂn+1 in a nonsingular real-analytic arc A (which may be empty). If n > 2, then A has no compact component.

Conversely, an embedded, noncompact nonsingular real-analytic arc A ⊂ ℂ lies in an embedded nonsingular special Lagrangian submanifold that is SO(n)-invariant. The same existence result holds for compact A if n = 2. If A is connected, there exist n distinct nonsingular SO(n)-invariant special Lagrangian extensions of A such that any embedded nonsingular SO(n)-invariant special Lagrangian extension of A agrees with one of these n extensions in some open neighborhood of A.

The method employed is an analysis of a singular nonlinear PDE and ultimately calls on the work of Gérard and Tahara to prove the existence of the extension.

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Correspondence to Robert L. Bryant.

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* Project supported by Duke University via a research grant, the NSF via DMS-0103884, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and Columbia University.

(Dedicated to the memory of Shiing-Shen Chern, whose beautiful works and gentle encouragement have had the most profound influence on my own research)

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Bryant, R.L. SO(n)-Invariant Special Lagrangian Submanifolds of ℂn+1 with Fixed Loci*. Chin. Ann. Math. Ser. B 27, 95–112 (2006).

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  • Calibrations
  • Special Lagrangian submanifolds

MR (2000) Subject Classification

  • 53C42
  • 35A20