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1 The Strominger Yau Zaslow conjecture Paul Hacking 10/16/09 1 Background 1.1 Kähler metrics Let X be a complex manifold of dimension n, and M the underlying smooth manifold with (integrable) almost complex structure I. If h is a hermitian metric on X, then h = g iω where g = Re(h) is a Riemannian metric on M and ω = Im(h) is a real 2-form on M. Note that g(i, I ) = g, ω(i, I ) = ω and g = ω(, I ), ω = g(i, ) since h is hermitian. In particular it follows that any two of g, ω, I determine the third. The metric g is Kähler if the 2-form ω is closed, dω = 0. We say (X, g) is a Kähler manifold. So, a Kähler manifold is simultaneously a Riemannian manifold (M, g), a complex manifold X = (M, I), and a symplectic manifold (M, ω), and the structures are compatible. The metric g is Kähler iff the almost complex structure I is covariantly constant for the Levi-Civita connection LC, that is, LC I = 0. So if (X, g) is Kähler then the holonomy Hol(g) of g is contained in the unitary group U(n). Conversely, if (M, g) is a Riemannian manifold of dimension 2n and Hol(g) U(n) then we can define an almost complex structure I on M by parallel transport. Then I is integrable and so (M, I, g) is a Kähler manifold. See [KN69, IX, Thm. 2.5, Thm. 4.3]. 1

2 1.2 Calabi Yau metrics Let X be a Calabi Yau manifold, that is, a compact complex manifold of dimension n such that there exists a nowhere zero holomorphic n-form Ω. Note that Ω is determined up to a C factor. Let κ H 2 (X, R) be a Kähler class, that is, the de Rham cohomology class of the real 2-form ω 0 associated to a Kähler metric g 0 on X. Theorem 1.1. (Calabi s conjecture = Yau s theorem) There exists a unique Kähler metric g with associated form ω in the class κ such that g is Ricci flat, that is, the Ricci tensor Ric(g) = 0. The condition Ric(g) = 0 is equivalent to Ω being covariantly constant, LC Ω = 0 [KN69, IX, Thm. 4.6], [J00, 6.2.4]. So the holonomy Hol(g) of g is contained in the special unitary group SU(n). Conversely, if (M, g) is a Riemannian manifold of dimension 2n such that Hol(g) SU(n), then we can define an (integrable) almost complex structure I and nowhere zero holomorphic n-form Ω by parallel transport, so (M, I, g) is a Calabi Yau manifold. 2 Mirror symmetry and the SYZ conjecture Notation: X is a Calabi Yau manifold of complex dimension n, Ω is a nowhere zero holomorphic n-form, ω is the Kähler form of a Ricci-flat Kähler metric g on X. Mirror symmetry is a correspondence between pairs (X, Ω, ω), ( ˇX, ˇΩ, ˇω) of Calabi Yau manifolds. Roughly speaking, the complex geometry of X is related to the symplectic geometry of ˇX, and vice versa. The most precise formulation is Kontsevich s homological mirror symmetry conjecture [K95]. Recall that a submanifold L X is special Lagrangian if ω L = 0 and Im Ω L = 0. Remark 2.1. Note that the special Lagrangian condition depends on the choice of Ω (it is different for exp(iθ)ω). In what follows we will choose Ω to suit our purposes. Conjecture 2.2. (Strominger Yau Zaslow) [SYZ96] There exist dual fibrations f : X B, ˇf : ˇX B of X and ˇX by special Lagrangian tori. In more detail: a smooth fibre L of f : X B is a real n-torus such that ω L = 0 and Im Ω L = 0. Similarly for ˇf. The fibrations are dual in the 2

3 following sense. A real torus L is a quotient V/Λ where V is a real vector space and Λ V is a lattice, that is, Λ is a free abelian group and Λ Z R V. Note that canonically Λ = H 1 (L, Z). The dual torus is V /Λ, where Λ = Hom(Λ, Z). Let B 0 B denote the locus of smooth fibres of f and f 0 : X 0 B 0 the restriction. Let Λ be the local system of lattices on B 0 with fibres H 1 (X b, Z), b B 0. (That is, Λ is a locally trivial family of free abelian groups parametrised by B 0.) Then, as a map of smooth manifolds, f 0 can be identified with Λ Z R/Λ B 0. The dual fibration is Λ Z R/Λ B 0, and the conjecture asserts that this is isomorphic to ˇf 0. Equivalently, in terms of the local systems, ˇΛ is isomorphic to Λ. Remark 2.3. Given f : X B, we construct the dual fibration as a map of smooth manifolds. So we only describe the topology of the mirror manifold. The construction of the mirror as a Calabi Yau manifold is in general very difficult, but there is a straightforward construction in the semi-flat case (meaning, the fibres of f are flat), see [G09, 3]. Remark 2.4. It is now expected that the SYZ conjecture is only valid in the limit as the Calabi Yau X approaches a boundary point of the moduli space, see [G09] for more details. 3 Examples of SYZ fibrations 3.1 Elliptic curve Let X = C/Z + Zτ, Ω = dz = dx + idy, ω = hdx dy = h i 2dz d z, some h R, h > 0. (Note: In this case, the Ricci flat metric is the flat metric, with constant Kähler form.) A special Lagrangian submanifold L X is a submanifold of real dimension 1 such that ω L = 0 (this is automatic because ω is a 2-form) and Im Ω L = dy L = 0. So L = (y = c) X. The map f : X = C/Z + τz B = R/ Im(τ)Z S 1, z Im z = y is a fibration by special Lagrangian tori L = R/Z S 1. 3

4 3.2 Complex torus This is similar. We have X = V/Λ where V is a complex vector space of dimension n and Λ V is a lattice, that is, Λ Z R V is an isomorphism of real vector spaces. (So X is diffeomorphic to the real 2n-torus (S 1 ) 2n.) In coordinates V = C g, Ω = dz 1 dz n, and ω = i 2 hij dz i d z j where h = (h ij ) is a hermitian matrix (corresponding to a flat hermitian metric on X). A Lagrangian submanifold L X is given by a Lagrangian subspace W V of the real vector space V for the symplectic form ω such that W Λ has full rank n. (Such a subspace W exists if for example the class of ω in H 2 (X, R) is integral, equivalently ω = c 1 (L) for some holomorphic line bundle L on X.) Then L = W/W Λ is a Lagrangian torus. Pick a Z-basis of W Λ. This is a C-basis of V (because ω(v, Iv) = g(v, v) > 0 for v 0, so W IW = 0 for Lagrangian W ). Let z 1,..., z n be the corresponding coordinates, so X = C n /Z n + τz n for some n n complex matrix τ. Let Ω = dz 1 dz n. Then the map f : X = C n /Z n + τz n B = R n / Im(τ)Z n (S 1 ) n, z Im(z) is a fibration by special Lagrangian tori L = R n /Z n (S 1 ) n. 3.3 K3 surface A K3 surface is a simply connected Calabi Yau manifold of dimension 2. These are the only Calabi Yaus in dimension 2 besides complex tori. Kodaira proved that all K3 surfaces are diffeomorphic. An example is a quartic hypersurface in P 3 C. Let (X, g) be a K3 surface with Ricci flat Kähler metric g. Then the holonomy Hol(g) of g is equal to SU(2). We have SU(2) = Sp(1), the group of unit quaternions acting on H = R Ri Rj Rk by left multiplication. So parallel transport defines complex structures I, J, K satisfying the quaternion relations I 2 = J 2 = K 2 = IJK = 1 such that the metric g is Kähler with respect to each complex structure. In fact we have a 2-sphere of complex structures ai + bj + ck, a 2 + b 2 + c 2 = 1. We say that (X, g) is a hyperkähler manifold. 4

5 As we explain below, a special Lagrangian fibration for X is the same as a holomorphic fibration with respect to one of the other complex structures. It is relatively easy to construct a holomorphic fibration (using algebraic geometry). In this way we obtain a special Lagrangian fibration. Let ω be the Kähler form of g and Ω a nowhere zero holomorphic 2-form. At a point p X we can choose complex coordinates dz 1, dz 2 on the tangent space T p X such that ω = dx 1 dy 1 + dx 2 dy 2 = i 2 (dz 1 d z 1 + dz 2 d z 2 ) and Ω = λdz 1 dz 2 for some λ R, λ > 0. We normalise Ω (replacing Ω by λ 1 Ω) so that Ω = dz 1 dz 2 at p (equivalently, globally we have Ω Ω = 2ω 2 ). We identify T p X = C 2 with H via C 2 H, e 1, ie 1, e 2, ie 2 1, i, j, k. Let I, J, K be the induced complex structures. Then, the forms (ω, Re Ω, Im Ω) are the Kähler forms (ω I, ω J, ω K ) for the complex structures I, J, K. (Exercise for the reader. Note it is enough to check at p and recall ω I = g(i, ) etc.) Similarly, the form Ω := Im Ω + iω is a nowhere zero holomorphic 2-form for the complex structure J. So, writing ω = ω J, we have (ω, Re Ω, Im Ω ) = (Re Ω, Im Ω, ω). Let X = (M, I), X = (M, J) denote the complex manifolds with complex structures I, J. Then a submanifold L X is special Lagrangian iff L X is a complex submanifold. Indeed, by definition, L X is special Lagrangian if ω L = 0 and Im Ω L = 0, equivalently, Ω L = (Im Ω + iω) L = 0. For q L a point, one can check that Ω TqL = 0 iff the tangent space T q L T q X is a complex subspace. So Ω L = 0 iff L X is a complex submanifold, as required. This fact was observed in the original paper of Harvey and Lawson on special Lagrangian manifolds [HL82, V.3]. Now suppose given γ H 2 (X, Z) a 2-cycle such that γ 2 = 0, γ [ω] = 0, and γ is primitive (indivisible). Our aim is to construct a special Lagrangian fibration f : X B such that γ = [L] is the class of a fibre L, a real 2-torus. (Note: If γ = [L] is the class of a fibre of a fibration X B then, since L is homologous to a distinct fibre L, γ 2 = [L] 2 = [L] [L ] = [L L ] = 0. The second condition γ [ω] = 0 is implied by the Lagrangian condition ω L = 0.) 5

6 Replacing Ω by exp(iθ) Ω we may assume that [Re Ω] γ > 0 and [Im Ω] γ = 0. Now, for the complex structure X = (M, J) (with notation as above) we have [Ω ] γ = [Im Ω + iω] γ = 0, [ω ] γ = [Re Ω] γ > 0. The first equality shows that the 2-cycle γ is of type (1, 1). Indeed, we have H 2 (X, C) = H 2,0 H 1,1 H 0,2 = C [Ω ] H 1,1 C [ Ω ] and H 1,1 is the orthogonal complement of H 2,0 H 0,2. So, by the Lefschetz theorem on (1, 1)-classes, γ = c 1 (L) is the first Chern class of a holomorphic line bundle M on X. We now show (by a standard argument) that M has a nonzero global holomorphic section s Γ(X, M). (Then, roughly speaking, the zero locus (s = 0) X is a holomorphic submanifold and so a special Lagrangian submanifold L X.) If Y is a compact complex surface and L is a holomorphic line bundle on Y then we have the Riemann Roch formula χ(l) = 1 12 (c2 1 + c 2 ) c 1(L)(c 1 (L) + c 1 ). Here c 1, c 2 are the Chern classes of the holomorphic tangent bundle of Y, and χ(l) is the holomorphic Euler-Poincaré characteristic of the line bundle L: χ(l) := ( 1) i dim H i (Y, L) where H i (Y, L) is the Cech cohomology of the sheaf of holomorphic sections of L (in particular H 0 (Y, L) is the space of global sections). For a K3 surface, c 1 = 0 and c 2 = 24 so the Riemann Roch formula becomes χ(l) = c 1(L) 2. Moreover, by Serre duality (and using the Calabi Yau condition) χ(l) dim H 0 (L) + dim H 2 (L) = dim H 0 (L) + dim H 0 (L ). In our case Y = X, L = M we have c 1 (M) 2 = γ 2 = 0, so dim H 0 (M) + dim H 0 (M ) 2. (1) Also, by construction, c 1 (M) [ω ] = γ [ω ] > 0. Now if s H 0 (L) is a global holomorphic section of a line bundle L on a complex surface Y 6

7 then the zero locus D = (s = 0) Y is a union of analytic curves with homology class [D] Poincaré dual to c 1 (L). Moreover, if ω is a Kähler form then c 1 (L) [ω] = D ω is the volume of D with respect to the Kähler metric. In our case c 1 (M ) [ω ] = c 1 (M) [ω ] < 0 so M has no nonzero global holomorphic sections, H 0 (M ) = 0. So dim H 0 (M) 2 by (1). Typically, we have dim H 0 (M) = 2, and the global sections of M define a holomorphic map f : X P 1 C, with general fibre a smooth curve of genus 1. In general, one can show that there is a holomorphic map f with the same properties, but the zero locus of a global section of M will be a union of fibres of f together with some ( 2)-curves (a (-2)-curve C is a copy of P 1 C with C2 = 2). See for example [H08, Thm. 12.6(3)]. So, in the typical case, the class of the fibre is equal to γ, but this can fail in general. Finally the holomorphic elliptic fibration f : X P 1 C constructed above is a special Lagrangian fibration f : X B = S 2 for the original complex structure. References [G09] [H08] M. Gross, The SYZ conjecture: From torus fibrations to degenerations, in Algebraic geometry - Seattle 2005, Proc. Sympos. Pure Math. 80, Part 1, p , AMS 2009, and arxiv: v1 P. Hacking, Compact complex surfaces, Lecture notes from a graduate course, 2008, available at hacking/surfaces.pdf [HL82] R. Harvey, H.B. Lawson, Calibrated geometries, Acta Math. 148 (1982), [J00] D. Joyce, Compact manifolds with special holonomy, O.U.P [K95] M. Kontsevich, Homological algebra of mirror symmetry, in Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians, Zurich 1994, Vol. 1, , Birkhauser 1995, and arxiv:alggeom/ v1 [KN69] S. Kobayashi and K. Nomizu, Foundations of differential geometry, II, Wiley [SYZ96] A. Strominger, S-T. Yau and E. Zaslow, Mirror symmetry is T- duality, Nucl. Phys. B 479 (1996), no. 1 2, , and arxiv:hepth/ v2 7

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