\( \def\CC{{\mathbb C}} \def\RR{{\mathbb R}} \def\NN{{\mathbb N}} \def\ZZ{{\mathbb Z}} \def\CF{{\operatorname{CF}^\bullet}} \def\HF{{\operatorname{HF}^\bullet}} \def\SH{{\operatorname{SH}^\bullet}} \def\ot{{\leftarrow}} \def\st{\;:\;} \def\Fuk{{\operatorname{Fuk}}} \def\emprod{m} \def\cone{\operatorname{Cone}} \def\Flux{\operatorname{Flux}} \def\li{i} \def\ev{\operatorname{ev}} \def\id{\operatorname{id}} \def\grad{\operatorname{grad}} \def\ind{\operatorname{ind}} \def\Sym{\operatorname{Sym}} \def\HeF{\widehat{CHF}^\bullet} \def\HHeF{\widehat{HHF}^\bullet} \def\Spinc{\operatorname{Spin}^c} \def\SH{{\operatorname{SH}^\bullet}} \def\CF{{\operatorname{CF}^\bullet}} \def\Tw{{\operatorname{Tw}}} \def\Crit{\operatorname{Crit}} \def\into{\hookrightarrow} \def\tensor{\otimes} \def\CP{\mathbb{CP}} \def\eps{\varepsilon} \) SympSnip: a sketch of Heegaard-Floer theory

a sketch of Heegaard-Floer theory

We have a complete classification of surfaces; we can effectively ``draw'' all oriented surfaces. The proof of the classification of surfaces can be stated in terms of fundamental polygons:
figure 0.0.1:There are many different fundamental polygons which represent the same surface.
Heegaard diagrams are one way to produce a combinatorial presentation 3-manifold, for which there exist a nice set of moves between diagrams corresponding to the same manifold. In the setting of surfaces, we have invariants associated to fundamental polygons (the genus, and orientability) which characterize the equivalence classes of fundamental polygons up to ``moves''. The Heegaard-Floer cohomology is an invariant (constructed using techniques similar to Lagrangian intersection Floer theory) that we can associate to a Heegaard diagram.

1: Heegaard Diagrams:combinatorial descriptions of 3 manifolds

definition 1.0.1

Let \(M\) be a closed 3-manifold. A genus \(g\) Heegaard splitting of \(M\) is a decomposition \[M=U_1\cup_{\Sigma_g} U_2\] where \(U_1, U_2\) are genus \(g\) handlebodies along with an identification of their boundaries (the surface \(\Sigma_g)\) with a diffeomorphism.
A handlebody is a 3-manifold \(U\) with boundary with a collection disks \(\{f_i: D^2\to U\}_{i=1}^g\) which are embedded and disjoint, so that \(U\setminus \bigcup_{i=1}^g \Im(f_i)=D^3\).

example 1.0.2

Consider the 3-sphere \[M=S^3=\left\{(x_0, x_1, x_2, x_3)\st x_i\in \RR, \sum_{i=1}^3 x_i^2=1.\right\}\] Consider the decomposition of this into two halves along the \(z_0\) coordinate: \begin{align*} U_1=\{(x_0, x_1, x_2, x_3)\in S^3 \st x_0\leq 0\}&& U_2=\{(x_0, x_1, x_2, x_3)\in S^3 \st x_0\geq 0\} \end{align*} Then both \(U_1, U_2\) are diffeomorphic to the 3-ball, and are glued together by their common boundary \(S^2=\Sigma_0\). See figure 1.0.3.
figure 1.0.3:After identifying \(S^3\setminus \{(1, 0, 0, 0)\}\) with \(\RR^3\) via stereographic projection, the Heegaard splitting of \(S^3\) is given by taking the unit sphere, which decomposes the sphere into two \(3\)-balls. We also draw the meridinal line \((\cos(\theta), \sin(\theta), 0, 0)\).

proposition 1.0.4

Let \(M\) be a closed 3-manifold. There exists a Heegaard splitting for \(M\).
We first need this useful lemma.

lemma 1.0.5

Let \(U\) be a 3-manifold with boundary. \(U\) is a handlebody if and only if there exists a Morse function \(f: U\to \RR\) whose
Let \(f: M\to \RR\) be a self indexing Morse function. Consider the level set \(f^{-1}(1.5)\). Because \(1.5\) is not a critical value of \(f\), this is a smooth surface \(\Sigma_g\subset M\). Let \(U_1=f^{-1}([0, 1.5])\) and let \(U_2=f^{-1}([1.5, 3])\). By lemma 1.0.5, these are handlebodies. Seeing that we can decompose each 3-manifold into two handlebodies, we ask what extra do we need to equip \(U_1, U_2\) and \(\Sigma\) with in order to remember \(M\). We again turn to Morse theory. When we construct \(U_1, U_2\) and \(\Sigma\) by a self-indexing Morse function \(f: M\to \RR\), we can use the critical points of \(f\) to determine the fillings \(U_1\) and \(U_2\) of \(\Sigma_g\). The topology of the filling \(U_1\) is recovered by considering how the downward flow spaces of the critical points of \(f|_{U_1}\) attach to the \(\Sigma_g\). We may additionally assume that \(f\) has a unique minimum. The topological information of the filling is recovered by recording how the upward flow spaces \(W^\uparrow(p)\) intersect \(\Sigma_g\) for \(\{p\in \Crit(f), \ind(p)=1\}\). There are \(g\) such critical points which we enumerate as \(\{p_i\}_{i=1}^g\). These upward flow spaces are 2-dimensional, so \(\{\Sigma_g\cap W^\uparrow(p_i)\}_{i=1}^g\) gives \(g\) disjoint cycles in \(\Sigma_g\). We call these cycles \[\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g:=\{ W^\downarrow(p_i)\cap \Sigma_g\}_{p_i\in \Crit(f), \deg(p_i)=1}.\] Similarly, the filling \(U_2\) is recovered by the attaching data for the downward flow spaces of index 2 critical points of \(f\), \[\{\beta\}_{i=1}^g:=\{ W^\downarrow(p_i)\cap \Sigma_g\}_{p_i\in \Crit(f), \ind(p_i)=1}.\]

definition 1.0.6

A Heegaard diagram is a triple \((\Sigma_g, \{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g\)). Here, \(\Sigma_g\) is a genus \(g\) surface and \(\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g\) are collections of smooth 1-cycles in \(\Sigma_g\) such that
We will write \(\underline \alpha, \underline \beta\) for \(\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g\). These are called the attaching cycles of the Heegaard diagram. The example given in example 1.0.2 is of genus 0, we do not have any attaching cycles for that example.

example 1.0.7

Consider the 3-sphere \[S^3=\{(z_1, z_2)\st z_i\in \CC, |z_1|^2+|z_2|^2=1\}.\] We will first describe a new Heegaard diagram for \(S^3\). Take the function \(f=|z_1|^2-|z_2|^2\), and consider the sets \begin{align*} U_1=f^{-1}([0, 1]) && U_2=f^{-1}([-1, 0]) \end{align*} These sets are fillings of the boundary \[\Sigma_1:=f^{-1}(0)=\left\{(z_1, z_2)\st |z_1|^2=\frac{1}{2}, |z_2|^2=\frac{1}{2}\right\}=\{(e^{i\theta_1}, e^{i\theta_2}), \theta_1, \theta_2\in S^1\}.\] which is a torus. Observe that \(\grad f\) is transverse to the boundary of \(\Sigma_1\), and that the critical locus of \(f\) can be parameterized by the cycles \(\{(e^{i\theta_1}, 0)\}\sqcup \{(0, e^{i\theta_2})\}\). It follows the sets \(U_1, U_2\) are diffeomorphic to \(S^1\times D^2\) and \(D^2\times S^1\) respectively. These are handlebodies, giving us a Heegaard decomposition. We now Morsify \(f\) by taking a perturbation. Take \(\rho:[-1, 1]\to [0, \eps]\) satisfying the constraints: \begin{align*} \rho|_{[-1, -.5]}=\eps/10 && \rho|_{[0, 1]}=0 && |\rho'|<\eps \end{align*} The the function \(f+ \rho(f)\cos(\theta_1)+\rho(-f)\cos(\theta_2)\) has 4 critical points at \((\pm 1 , 0)\) and \((0, \pm 1)\). The attaching disks associated to the index 2 and index 1 critical points give the cycle \(\alpha_1=S^1\ times \{1\}\) and \(\beta_1=\{1\}\times S^1\) inside \(T^2\). See figure 1.0.8.
figure 1.0.8:A Heegaard diagram for \(S^3\). The attaching cycles \(\alpha, \beta\) are drawn in red in the torus. The disks in red and blue represent the downward and upward flow spaces of the critical points \(p, q\).
Every Heegaard diagram specifies a 3-manifold, however a single 3-manifold can have many different presentations with different Heegaard diagrams. We have already seen 2 different Heegaard diagrams for \(S^3\) in example 1.0.2 and example 1.0.7. If we are to study 3-manifolds via their Heegaard diagram, we need to understand when two diagrams give presentations of the same manifold. We first describe some operations which modify a Heegaard diagram, but produce the same 3-manifold.

definition 1.0.9

Let \((\Sigma_g, \{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g)\) be a Heegaard diagram. Let \(p\in \Sigma_g\) be a point avoiding the cycles \(\alpha_i, \beta_i\). The stabilization of \(\Sigma_g\) at \(p\) is the diagram \((\Sigma_g \#_p T^2, \{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^{g+1}, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^{g+1})\) where \(\alpha_{g+1}, \beta_{g+1}\) are the meridional and longitudinal classes of \(T^2\).
One way to see that stabilization of a Heegaard diagram produces the same manifold comes from Morse theory. Consider \(\Sigma_g\) as the level set of a self-indexing Morse function \(f\). Suppose that we wanted to modify our Morse function to \(\tilde f\) by adding in a pair of critical points \(p, q\) so that \(\ind(p)=1\) and \(\ind(q)=2\). We imagine that the critical points would appear on opposite sides of \(\Sigma_g\), and be connected by a single flow line. Furthermore, \(\tilde \Sigma_{g+1}=\tilde f(1.5)\), the new level set, would be of genus \(g+1\). By applying surgery along either the attaching circles \(W^\downarrow(p)\cap \tilde \Sigma_{g+1}\) or \(W^\uparrow(q)\cap \tilde \Sigma_{g+1}\), we obtain \(\Sigma_g\). See figure 1.0.10.
figure 1.0.10:From the perspective of Morse theory, stabilization comes from the creation of a pair of cancelling critical points.

definition 1.0.11

Let \((\Sigma_g,\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g)\) be a Heegaard diagram. We say that another diagram \((\Sigma_g,\{\alpha_i'\}_{i=1}^{g}, \{\beta_i'\}_{i=1}^{g})\) is related to \((\Sigma_g,\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g)\) by an
figure 1.0.12:The cycles \(\alpha_{g-1}, \alpha_g\)and \(\alpha_g'\) are related by handleslide

theorem 1.0.13 [Sin33]

Suppose that \((\Sigma_g,\underline \alpha, \underline \beta)\) and \((\Sigma_{g'},\underline \alpha', \underline \beta')\) are Heegaard diagrams for \(M\). There exist a sequence of Heegaard moves and stabilizations taking one to the other.
It follows that in order to construct 3-manifold invariants, one needs to find quantities associated to the Heegaard diagram which are invariant under stabilizations, isotopies, and handles slides. Heegaard-Floer cohomology provides such an invariant.

2: Construction of Heegaard Floer cohomology

We will associate to the data of a Heegaard diagram \((\Sigma_g, \{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g)\) a pair of Lagrangian submanifolds in the \(g\)-th symmetric product of \(\Sigma_g\), and compute a version of their Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology.

2.1: Symmetric products in symplectic geometry

definition 2.1.1

Let \(X\) be a topological space. The \(k\)-symmetric product is the space \[\Sym^k(X):=X^k/S_k\] where \(S_n\) is the symmetric group on \(k\)-generators which acts by permutation on the coordinates of \(\Sym^k(X)\).
In general, the symmetric product of a manifold does not have the structure of a manifold (as the symmetric group does not act freely on the diagonal). However, when \(X\) is a complex curve (real surface) we are able to equip \(\Sym^k(X)\) with the structure of a smooth complex manifold.

theorem 2.1.2

Let \((\Sigma, \jmath)\) be a complex curve. Then \(\Sym^n(\Sigma)\) is a complex manifold, and the map \(\Sigma^k\to \Sym^k(\Sigma)\) is holomorphic.
We prove this in the setting where \(\Sigma=\CC\) (this will serve as a local model for the general setting). Consider the space of polynomials of degree \(n\) with leading coefficient 1, \[\CC[z]_n:=\{z^n+a_{n-1}z^{n-1}+\cdots + a_1z+a_0\st a_i\in \CC\}\] There is a map from \(\CC[z]_n\to \Sym^n(\CC)\) which sends each polynomial to its (unordered) set of zeros. This map is a bijection as every set of \(n\) points (with possible repetition) in \(\CC\) uniquely determines a degree \(n\) polynomial with leading coefficient 1. The complex structure comes from identifying \(\CC[z]_n = \CC^n\).

example 2.1.3

We identify the symmetric product \(\Sym^2(\CP^1)\) with \(\CP^2\). To each point in \(\CP^2\) we can associate a degree 2 homogenous polynomial in 2-variables: \[(z_0:z_1:z_2)\mapsto z_0 s^2 + z_1 st + z_2 t^2\] We then factor the polynomial as \[( z_0 s^2 + z_1 st + z_2 t^2)=(y_0 s + y_1 t)\cdot (x_0 s + x_1 t)\] This gives us a bijection between the points of \(\CP^2\) and \(\Sym^2(\CP^1)\). \[(z_0:z_1:z_2)\mapsto [(x_0:x_1), (y_0,y_1)]\] In figure 2.1.4 the moment polytope of \(\CP^1\times \CP^1\) is the square given by \[\text{Convex Hull}((0,0), (0,1), (1, 0), (1, 1)),\] while the moment polytope of \(\CP^2\) is given by the convex hull of \[\text{Convex Hull}((0,0), (0,1), (1,1)).\] There is map from the first moment polytope to the second (given by ``folding'' along the diagonal) which is 2-to-1 away from the diagonal, allowing us to see the symmetric product on the level of moment polytopes. Along the diagonal, we cannot define a relation between the symplectic form on \(\CP^1\times \CP^1\) and \(\CP^2\).
figure 2.1.4:\(\CP^2\) can be identified with the 2-fold symmetric product of \(\CP^1\). Away from the diagonal, we have symplectic maps.
While \(\Sym^k(\Sigma)\) is a complex manifold it does not come with a canonical choice of symplectic structure, so we are leaving some of the tools that we use to study Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology behind.

2.2: construction of Heegaard Floer complex

Let \((\Sigma_g, \underline{\alpha}, \underline{\beta})\) be a Heegaard diagram. Let \(X=\Sym^g(\Sigma_g)\). Consider the submanifolds of \(X\) \begin{align*} L_{\underline \alpha}:=\{[(z_1, \ldots, z_g)]\in X\st z_i\in \alpha_i\} && L_{\underline \beta}:=\{[(z_1, \ldots, z_g)]\in X\st z_i\in \beta_i\} \end{align*} Since the \(\alpha_i\) are disjoint from one another, this gives a smooth submanifold whose topology is \(T^g\). Furthermore, since each of the \(\alpha_i\) is a real subspace of \(\Sigma_g\), the submanifold \(L_\alpha\) is a real submanifold of \(\Sigma_g\). A similar statement holds for \(L_\beta\). [Per08] shows that \(\Sym^g(\Sigma_g)\) can be equipped with a symplectic form which makes \(L_{\underline \alpha},L_{\underline \beta}\) Lagrangian submanifolds. We wish to define the Heegaard-Floer cohomology as the Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology of \(L_{\underline \alpha},L_{\underline \beta}\). However, this is not an invariant of Heegaard diagrams --- note that isotopies of Heegaard diagrams give isotopies of Lagrangian submanifolds, while Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology is only invariant under Hamiltonian isotopies of Lagrangian submanifolds. We given an example exhibiting some of the problems with this preliminary approach.

example 2.2.1

We look at the example of \(M=S^2\times S^1\). Observe that \(S^2=D^2\cup_{S^1} D^2\), so we can write \(M=D^2\times S^1 \cup_{\Sigma_1} D^2\times S^1\). The Heegaard diagram \((\Sigma_1, \alpha, \beta)\) consists of a torus with two meridional cycles.
figure 2.2.2:A non-admissible Heegaard diagram
If the diagram is chosen so that \(\alpha, \beta\) are disjoint, then the Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology \(\HF(\alpha, \beta)\) vanishes.
figure 2.2.3:An admissible Heegaard diagram
However, if the diagram is chosen so that \(\alpha, \beta'\) intersect transversely, the Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology (with \(\ZZ/2\ZZ\) coefficients) is \(\ZZ/2\ZZ\oplus \ZZ/2\ZZ\). Note that \(\beta'\) can be chosen so that it is Hamiltonian isotopic to \(\beta\). The discrepancy between these two answers comes from the non-convergence of the homotopy between the composition of continuation maps \[f\circ g:\CF(\alpha, \beta')\to \CF(\alpha, \beta) \to \CF(\alpha, \beta')\] \[\id: \CF(\alpha, \beta')\to \CF(\alpha, \beta')\] over \(\ZZ/2\ZZ\) coefficients. The presence of an annulus between \(\alpha, \beta\) is the culprit for the non-convergence. One can make the quantities converge by using Novikov coefficients instead of \(\ZZ/2\ZZ\) coefficients. In that setting, the differential in figure 2.2.2 will be exact unless the areas of the two strips agree --- that is, the Lagrangians \(\alpha, \beta\) are Hamiltonian isotopic.
We desire the best of both worlds: invariance under Lagrangian isotopies, and convergence. In example 2.2.1 this can be achieved by only looking at strips which avoid the marked point \(z\). When this marked point is chosen well, we will obtain a criterion (admissible Heegaard diagrams) which precludes the existence of annuli disjoint from the marked point \(z\). In general, the admissibility criterion will limit us to configurations of cycles for which the number of holomorphic strips contributing to the Floer differential is finite. The marked point is introduced by slightly generalizing our definition of a Heegaard diagram.

definition 2.2.4

A pointed Heegaard diagram \((\Sigma_g, \underline \alpha, \underline \beta, z)\) is a Heegaard diagram \((\Sigma_g, \underline \alpha, \underline \beta)\) along with a choice of point \(z\) disjoint from the cycles \(\underline \alpha, \underline \beta\).
As a vector space, the Heegaard Floer cohomology of the pointed Heegaard diagram \((\Sigma,\underline{\alpha}, \underline{\beta},z)\) is \[\HeF(\Sigma, \underline{\alpha}, \underline{\beta},z):=\bigoplus_{x\in L_{\underline \alpha}\cap L_{\underline{\beta}}} \ZZ/2\ZZ\langle x\rangle.\] The differential is defined in a manner similar to the Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology, but we will need to overcome the following difficulties. The choice of base point defines a subset \(Y_z\subset X\) given by \[ Y_z:=\{[(z, z_2, \ldots, z_g)] \st z_i\in \Sigma_g\} \subset X\] which is disjoint from \(L_{\underline \alpha}\cup L_{\underline \beta}\). Both issues above can be avoided by only looking at strips which are disjoint from \(Y_z\). For \(x, y\in L_{\underline \alpha}\cap L_{\underline \beta}\) let \(\mathcal M(x, y)\) denote the moduli space of holomorphic strips with boundary on \(L_{\underline \alpha}\cup L_{\underline \beta}\), and ends limiting to \(x\) and \(y\). Let \(\mathcal M(x, y)_{z=0}^0\) be the zero-dimensional component of \(\mathcal M(x, y)\) consisting of strips which are disjoint from \(Y_z\). The differential of Heegaard Floer cohomology is defined by the structure coefficients \[\langle d_zx , y \rangle = \#\mathcal M(x, y)_{z=0}^0.\] The following lemmas rule out the presence of disk and sphere bubbling.

lemma 2.2.5

Suppose that \(g>2\). Then \(\pi_2(\Sym^g(\Sigma_g))=\ZZ\). The generator of this group intersects \(Y_z\).

lemma 2.2.6

Suppose that \(u: D^2\to L_\alpha\) is a holomorphic disk. Then the image of \(u\) intersects \(Y_z\).
Provided that we can show that \((d_z)^2=0\), the Heegaard-Floer cohomology is defined to be the homology of the chain complex \[\HHeF(M):= H^\bullet(\HeF(\Sigma, \underline \alpha, \underline \beta ,z), d_z).\] As a result of these two lemmas, our restriction to counting disks which do not pass through \(Y_z\) gives us moduli spaces whose compactifications, if defined, would be free from disk and sphere bubbling. However, it remains to show that we have Gromov compactness.

2.3: admissibility and convergence

In order to obtain a replacement for the symplectic form providing a bound on the energy of holomorphic strips, we need to work a little bit harder. The key insight is that there is a dictionary between holomorphic strips in the symmetric product and maps from more-complicated domains to the surface.

proposition 2.3.1

Let \(\underline \alpha = \{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \underline \beta = \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g\) be \(g\)-tuples of disjoint curves in \(\Sigma_g\), so that \(\alpha_i\cap \beta_j\) intersect transversely. Then there is a bijection between \[L_{\underline \alpha}\cap L_{\underline \beta} = \{(x_1, \ldots, x_g)\st x_i\neq x_j, x_i \in \underline \alpha \cap \underline \beta.\}\]
This means that we can understand the intersections between our Lagrangians \(L_{\underline \alpha}, L_{\underline \beta}\) in terms of the intersections between the collection of cycles. Remarkably, we can also understand the holomorphic strips between the intersections points by looking at data on \(\Sigma_g\).

theorem 2.3.2

Given a holomorphic strip \(u\in \mathcal M(x, y)\) there exists a \(g\)-branched cover \(\pi: \hat D\to D\) and a holomorphic map from \(\hat u: \hat D \to \Sigma_g\) so that for all \(z\in D\), \[u(z)=([\hat u(z_1), \hat u(z_2), \cdots , \hat u(z_g)])\] where \(\{z_1, \ldots, z_g\}\in \pi^{-1}(z)\).
With this relation, we can ``by hand'' rule out the kinds of problematic disks which would interfere with the arguments of Gromov-compactness.

definition 2.3.3

A Heegaard domain (or simply domain) is a formal linear combination of the connected components of \(\Sigma\setminus (\underline \alpha\cup \underline \beta)\).

definition 2.3.4

A domain is periodic if its boundary can be written as a sum of the cycles in \(\underline \alpha, \underline \beta\) and it has no intersection with the marked point \(z\).
Every periodic domain can be represented by a surface with boundary \(\hat D\to \Sigma\), thus every periodic domain \(\mathcal D\) gives a homology class \(H_2(M; \ZZ)\) by gluing the attaching disks associated to each of the \(\alpha_i, \beta_j\) to the appropriate boundaries in \(\hat D\). We call this homology class \(H(\mathcal D)\).

definition 2.3.5

A pointed Heegaard diagram is weakly admissible for a spin-c structure \(s\) if for every non-trivial periodic domain \(\mathcal D\) with \[\langle c_1(s), H(\mathcal D)\rangle = 0\] \(\mathcal D\) has both positive and negative coefficients.
The following lemma may give us some intuition for where the admissibility condition enters into the definition of Heegaard-Floer cohomology.

lemma 2.3.6 [lemma 4.12 of OS04a]

The following are equivalent:

lemma 2.3.7 [Lemma 4.14 of OS04a]

Suppose that \((\Sigma, \alpha, \beta, z)\) is a weakly admissible Heegaard diagram. There are only finite many \(\phi\in \pi_2(x, y)\) with \(\mu(\phi)-j, n_z(\phi)=k, \mathcal D(\phi)\geq 0\).
This shows that the symplectic energy of the holomorphic strips that we consider in the definition of the differential \(d_z\) is bounded.

3: invariance of Heegaard-Floer cohomology

theorem 3.0.1

Suppose that \((\Sigma_g,\underline \alpha, \underline \beta,z)\) and \((\Sigma_{g'},\underline \alpha', \underline \beta',z')\) are pointed admissible Heegaard diagrams for \(M\). Then \[\HHeF(\Sigma, \underline{\alpha}, \underline{\beta},z)\cong\HHeF(\Sigma, \underline{\alpha}, \underline{\beta},z).\]
The proof of this theorem is beyond the scope of these notes. However, we can outline some of the steps in the proof.
  1. Show that a similar theorem to theorem 1.0.13 holds for pointed Heegaard diagrams.
  2. Invariance of \(\HHeF(\Sigma_g, \underline \alpha, \underline \beta, z)\) under isotopies of almost complex structure.
  3. Invariance of \(\HHeF(\Sigma_g,\underline \alpha, \underline \beta,z)\) under isotopies which do not create/destroy critical points. This can be reduced to the previous step by pulling back the almost complex structure along the isotopy.
  4. Invariance of \(\HHeF(\Sigma_g,\underline \alpha, \underline \beta,z)\) under isotopies which do not create/destroy critical points: these isotopies can always be taken to be Hamiltonian isotopies of the Lagrangian \(L_{\underline \alpha}\).
  5. Invariance of \(\HHeF(\Sigma_g,\underline \alpha, \underline \beta,z)\) under stabilizations: see exercise 4.0.8.
  6. Invariance of \(\HHeF(\Sigma_g,\underline \alpha, \underline \beta,z)\): by far, the trickiest portion of the proof. This requires looking at the product structure on Lagrangian intersection Floer cohomology.

4: Exercises

These exercises were curated by Fraser Binns.

exercise 4.0.1

What is \(\Sym^2(S^1)\)?

exercise 4.0.2

Let \((\Sigma, \{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g, \{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g)\) be a Heegaard diagram for \(M\). Let \(A\) be the \(g\times g\) matrix whose entries over \(\ZZ/2\ZZ\) are given by \[a_{ij}=\alpha_{i}\cap \beta_j \text{\;\;mod \;\;} 2.\] Given the matrix \(A\), compute \(H^\bullet(M, \ZZ/2\ZZ)\).

exercise 4.0.3

  1. Let \(\Sigma\) be a surface. Show that \(H_1(\Sym^g(\Sigma))\cong H_1(\Sigma)\).
  2. Show that \(H_1(\Sym^g(\Sigma))/(H_1(T_\alpha)\oplus H_1(T_\beta)\cong H_1(\Sigma))/\langle\{\alpha_i,\beta_j\}_{i,j}\rangle\)
  3. What is the homology class of the boundary of a psuedoholomorphic disk?

exercise 4.0.4

A Lens space \(L(p,q)\) can be defined as the \(3\)-manifold with a Heegaard splitting of genus 1, with an \(\alpha\)-curve given by a longitude of the the torus, and the \(\beta\)-curve in the class \((p, q)\). Use the above obstruction to compute \(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(L(p,q))\).
figure 4.0.5:The Heegaard diagram for the Lens space \(L(2,3)\)

exercise 4.0.6

Compute the Heegaard Floer homology of the manifold with Heegaard splitting as shown, from the diagram. What is the manifold?

exercise 4.0.7

  1. Let \(Y\) be a \(3\)-manifold with Heegaard splitting \((\Sigma,\mathbf{\alpha},\mathbf{\beta})\). Pick orientations on \(\Sigma,\alpha,\beta\). Explain how this induces a \(\ZZ/2\) grading on \(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(Y)\).
  2. Let \(Y\) be a rational homology sphere. Show that \[\chi(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(Y)):=\operatorname{rank}(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet_0(Y))-\operatorname{rank}(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet_1(Y))=|H_1(Y;\ZZ)|.\]
  3. A rational homology sphere (i.e. a 3 manifold with \(H_*(Y)\cong H_*(S^3)\)) is called an L-space, if \(\operatorname{rank}(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(Y))\) is minimal in the sense that \(\operatorname{rank}(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(Y))=|H_1(Y)|\). Explain why Lens spaces are \(L\)-spaces

exercise 4.0.8

  1. Consider the ``decatigorification" of \(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet\) given by the Euler characteristic as described in the previous question. Show that it is invariant under Heegaard moves. How might the proof of invariance of \(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet\) differ?
  2. Suppose \(Y_1,Y_2\) are \(3\)-manifolds. How are \(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(Y_1\# Y_2),\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(Y_1),\) and \(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet(Y_2)\) related?
  3. Show that \(\widehat{HHF}^\bullet\) is invariant under stabilization and Hamiltonian isotopy in the sense that the resulting groups are isomorphic.


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