Legendre transformation and lifting of multi-vectors

Research paper by Jean-Paul Dufour

Indexed on: 21 Feb '05Published on: 21 Feb '05Published in: Mathematics - Differential Geometry


This paper has three objectives. First to recall the link between the classical Legendre-Fenschel transformation and a useful isomorphism between 1-jets of functions on a vector bundle and on its dual. As a particular consequence we obtain the classical isomorphism between the cotangent bundle of the tangent bundle $T^*TM$ and the tangent bundle of the cotangent bundle $TT^*M$ of any manifold $M.$ Secondly we show how to use this last isomorphism to construct the lifting of any contravariant tensor field on a manifold $M$ to the tangent bundle $TM$ which generalizes the classical lifting of vector fields. We also show that, in the antisymmetric case, this lifting respects the Schouten bracket. This gives a new proof of a recent result of Crainic and Moerdijk. Finally we give an application to the study of the stability of singular points of Poisson manifold and Lie algebroids.