Nicki Magill, Cornell University
Symplectic embeddings of Hirzebruch surfaces
The four dimensional ellipsoid embedding function of a toric symplectic manifold M measures when a symplectic ellipsoid embeds into M. It generalizes the Gromov width and ball packing numbers. In 2012, McDuff and Schlenk computed this function for a ball. The function has a delicate structure known as an infinite staircase. This implies infinitely many obstructions are needed to know when an embedding can exist. Based on work with McDuff, Pires, and Weiler, we will discuss the classification of which Hirzebruch surfaces have infinite staircases. We will focus on the part of the argument where symplectic embeddings are constructed via almost toric fibrations.