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We produce examples of generalized complex structures on manifolds by generalizing results from symplectic and complex geometry. We produce generalized complex structures on symplectic fibrations over a generalized complex base. We study in some detail different invariant generalized complex structures on compact Lie groups and provide a thorough description of invariant structures on nilmanifolds, achieving a classification on 6-nilmanifolds. We study implications of the `dd^c-lemma' in the generalized complex setting. Similarly to the standard dd^c-lemma, its generalized version induces a decomposition of the cohomology of a manifold and causes the degeneracy of the spectral sequence associated to the splitting d = \del + \delbar at E_1. But, in contrast with the dd^c-lemma, its generalized version is not preserved by symplectic blow-up or blow-down (in the case of a generalized complex structure induced by a symplectic structure) and does not imply formality.

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We prove that no nilpotent Lie algebra admits an invariant generalized Kaehler structure. This is done by showing that a certain differential graded algebra associated to a generalized complex manifold is formal in the generalized Kaehler case, while it is never formal for a generalized complex structure on a nilpotent Lie algebra.

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We develop Hodge theory for a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ with a background closed 3-form, H. Precisely, we prove that if the metric connections with torsion $\pm H$ have holonomy groups $G_\pm$, then the $d^H$-Laplacian preserves the irreducible representations of the Lie algebras of the holonomy groups on the space of forms.

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We study topological properties of log-symplectic structures and produce examples of compact manifolds with such structures. Notably we show that several symplectic manifolds do not admit log-symplectic structures and several log-symplectic manifolds do not admit symplectic structures, for example #m CP^2 # n bar(CP^2)$ has log-symplectic structures if and only if m,n>0 while they only have symplectic structures for m=1. We introduce surgeries that produce log-symplectic manifolds out of symplectic manifolds and show that for any simply connected 4-manifold M, the manifolds M # (S^2 \times S^2) and M # CP^2 # CP^2bar have log-symplectic structures and any compact oriented log-symplectic four-manifold can be transformed into a collection of symplectic manifolds by reversing these surgeries.

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We use the procedure of reduction of Courant algebroids to reduce strong KT, hyper KT and generalized Kaehler structures on Courant algebroids. This allows us to recover results from the literature as well as explain from a different angle some of the features observed there in. As an example, we prove that the moduli space of instantons of a bundle over a SKT/HKT/generalized K\"ahler manifold is endowed with the same type of structure as the original manifold.

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We use tools from generalized complex geometry to develop the theory of SKT (a.k.a. pluriclosed Hermitian) manifolds and more generally manifolds with special holonomy with respect to a metric connection with closed skew-symmetric torsion. We develop Hodge theory on such manifolds showing how the reduction of the holonomy group causes a decomposition of the twisted cohomology. For SKT manifolds this decomposition is accompanied by an identity between different Laplacian operators and forces the collapse of a spectral sequence at the first page. Further we study the deformation theory of SKT structures, identifying the space where the obstructions live. We illustrate our theory with examples based on Calabi--Eckmann manifolds, instantons, Hopf surfaces and Lie groups.

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In these notes we give a shortened and more direct proof of Goto's generalized Kaehler stability theorem stating that if (J_1,J_2) is a generalized kaehler structure for which J_2 is determined by a nowhere vanishing closed form, then small deformations of J_1 can be coupled with small deformations of J_2 so that the pair remains a generalized Kaehler structure.

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In this paper we study the behaviour of the Lefschetz property under the blow-up construction. We show that it is possible to reduce the dimension of the kernel of the Lefschetz map if we blow up along a suitable submanifold satisfying the Lefschetz property. We use that, together with results about Massey products, to construct nonformal (simply connected) symplectic manifolds satisfying the Lefschetz property.

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Using the concept of s-formality we are able to extend the bounds of a Theorem of Miller and show that a compact k-connected 4k+3- or 4k+4-manifold with b_{k+1}=1 is formal. We study k connected n-manifolds, n= 4k+3, 4k+4, with a hard Lefschetz-like property and prove that in this case if b_{k+1}=2, then the manifold is formal, while, in 4k+3-dimensions, if b_{k+1}=3 all Massey products vanish. We finish with examples inspired by symplectic geometry and manifolds with special holonomy.