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# Journal of Symplectic Geometry

## Volume 11 (2013)

### Number 2

### Packing numbers of rational ruled four-manifolds

Pages: 269 – 316

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/JSG.2013.v11.n2.a5

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#### Abstract

We completely solve the symplectic packing problem with equally sized balls for any rational, ruled, symplectic four-manifolds. We give explicit formulae for the packing numbers, the generalized Gromov widths, the stability numbers, and the corresponding obstructing exceptional classes. As a corollary, we give explicit values for when an ellipsoid of type $E(a, b)$, with $\frac{b}{a} \in \mathbb{N}$, embeds in a polydisc $P(s,t)$. Under this integrality assumption, we also give an alternative proof of a recent result of M. Hutchings showing that the embedded contact homology capacities give sharp inequalities for embedding ellipsoids into polydisks.