## Abstract

We give a generalization of the concept of near-symplectic structures to 2n dimensions. According to our definition, a closed 2-form on a 2n-manifold M is near-symplectic if it is symplectic outside a submanifold Z of codimension 3 where ω^{n-1} vanishes. We depict how this notion relates to near-symplectic 4-manifolds and broken Lefschetz fibrations via some examples. We define a generalized broken Lefschetz fibration as a singular map with indefinite folds and Lefschetz-type singularities. We show that, given such a map on a 2n-manifold over a symplectic base of codimension 2, the total space carries such a near-symplectic structure whose singular locus corresponds precisely to the singularity set of the fibration. A second part studies the geometry around the codimension-3 singular locus Z. We describe a splitting property of the normal bundle N_{Z} that is also present in dimension four. A tubular neighbourhood theorem for Z is provided, which has a Darboux-type theorem for near-symplectic forms as a corollary.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 1403-1426 |

Number of pages | 24 |

Journal | Algebraic and Geometric Topology |

Volume | 16 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jul 1 2016 |

## All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Geometry and Topology