Relative Gromov-Witten invariants


We define relative Gromov-Witten invariants of a symplectic manifold relative to a codimension-two symplectic submanifold. These invariants are the key ingredients in the symplectic sum formula of [IP4]. The main step is the construction of a compact space of ‘$V$-stable’ maps. Simple special cases include the Hurwitz numbers for algebraic curves and the enumerative invariants of Caporaso and Harris.


Eleny-Nicoleta Ionel

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Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2125 Thomas H. Parker

Department of Mathematics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824