On isometric Lagrangian immersions

John Douglas Moore*, Jean Marie Morvan

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This article uses Cartan-Kähler theory to show that a small neighborhood of a point in any surface with a Riemannian metric possesses an isometric Lagrangian immersion into the complex plane (or by the same argument, into any Kähler surface). In fact, such immersions depend on two functions of a single variable. On the other hand, explicit examples are given of Riemannian three-manifolds which admit no local isometric Lagrangian immersions into complex three-space. It is expected that isometric Lagrangian immersions of higher-dimensional Riemannian manifolds will almost always be unique. However, there is a plentiful supply of flat Lagrangian submanifolds of any complex n-space; we show that locally these depend on 1/2n(n + 1) functions of a single variable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)833-849
Number of pages17
JournalIllinois Journal of Mathematics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics


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