Journal of Symplectic Geometry
Volume 3 (2005)
Three approaches towards Floer homology of cotangent bundles
Pages: 671 – 701
Consider the cotangent bundle of a closed Riemannian manifold and an almost complex structure close to the one induced by the Riemannian metric. For Hamiltonians which grow, for instance, quadratically in the fibers outside a compact set, one can define Floer homology and show that it is naturally isomorphic to singular homology of the free loop space. We review the three isomorphisms constructed by Viterbo , Salamon--Weber  and Abbondandolo--Schwarz . The theory is illustrated by calculating Morse and Floer homology in case of the Euclidean $n$-torus. Applications include existence of noncontractible periodic orbits of compactly supported Hamiltonians on open unit disc cotangent bundles which are sufficiently large over the zero section.