 
Summary: Topology of symplectomorphism groups of rational ruled
surfaces
Miguel Abreu
Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal
(mabreu@math.ist.utl.pt)
Dusa McDu y
State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA
(dusa@math.sunysb.edu)
October 6, 1999, revised May 13, 2000
1991 Mathematics Subject Classication: 53C15, 57S05.
Abstract
Let M be either S 2 S 2 or the one point blowup C P 2 # C P 2 of C P 2 . In both
cases M carries a family of symplectic forms ! , where > 1 determines the co
homology class [! ]. This paper calculates the rational (co)homology of the group
G of symplectomorphisms of (M; ! ) as well as the rational homotopy type of its
classifying space BG . It turns out that each group G contains a nite collection
Kk ; k = 0; : : : ; ` = `(), of nite dimensional Lie subgroups that generate its homo
topy. We show that these subgroups \asymptotically commute", i.e. all the higher
Whitehead products that they generate vanish as ! 1. However, for each xed
there is essentially one nonvanishing product that gives rise to a \jumping generator"
