Manin triples for Lie bialgebroids. (English) Zbl 0885.58030

In his study of Dirac structures, a notion which includes both Poisson structures and closed 2-forms, T. Courant introduced a bracket on the direct sum of vector fields and 1-forms. This bracket does not satisfy the Jacobi identity except on certain subspaces. In this paper we systematize the properties of this bracket in the definition of a Courant algebroid. This structure on a vector bundle \(E\to M\) consists of an antisymmetric bracket on the sections of \(E\) whose “Jacobi anomaly” has an explicit expression in terms of a bundle map \(E\to TM\) and a field of symmetric bilinear forms on \(E\). When \(M\) is a point, the definition reduces to that of a Lie algebra carrying an invariant nondegenerate symmetric bilinear form.
For any Lie algebroid \((A,A^*)\) over \(M\) (a notion defined by Mackenzie and Xu), there is a natural Courant algebroid structure on \(A\oplus A^*\) which is the Drinfel’d double of a Lie bialgebra when \(M\) is a point. Conversely, if \(A\) and \(A^*\) are complementary isotropic subbundles of a Courant algebroid \(E\), closed under the bracket (such a bundle, with dimension half that of \(E\), is called a Dirac structure), there is a natural Lie bialgebroid structure on \((A,A^*)\) whose double is isomorphic to \(E\). The theory of Manin triples is thereby extended from Lie algebras to Lie algebroids.
Our work gives a new approach to bihamiltonian structures and a new way of combining two Poisson structures to obtain a third one. We also take some tentative steps toward generalizing Drinfel’d’s theory of Poisson homogeneous spaces from groups to groupoids.


37J99 Dynamical aspects of finite-dimensional Hamiltonian and Lagrangian systems
17B66 Lie algebras of vector fields and related (super) algebras
22A22 Topological groupoids (including differentiable and Lie groupoids)
53C99 Global differential geometry
58H05 Pseudogroups and differentiable groupoids
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