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Hi, Again: I am trying to understand an argument I wrote down a long time ago, to show that a given element of $M_3$ (mapping-class group of a) genus-3-surface, defined on a trivially-embedded copy of $S_3$ in $S^4$ extends (into the ambient $S^4$); by trivially embedded we mean that this $S_3$ bounds a topological $H_3$, i.e., a 3-handlebody; a 3-ball with 3 handles attached.

EDIT: My previous layout may have been unclear:

The SETUP is that of a genus-3 orientable surface $S_3$ trivially-embedded ( in the sense that it bounds a 3-handlebody) in the 4-sphere $S^4$, and we have a composition $C_4C_3C_4^{-1}$ of Dehn twists defined in the embedded $S_3$ about respective curves $c_3,c_4$ in $S_3$ ; where these two (basic) curves are defined in the paragraph below. We then want to show that the composition of twists on the embedded $S_3$ extends to the whole ambient $S^4$, i.e., we want to show that there is a self-diffeomorphism Phi:$S^4$-->$S^4$ , which extends the composition of the twists $C_4C_3C_4^{-1}$ defined on $S_3$, i.e., $Phi|_{S_3}$ (the restriction of Phi to $S_3$), is the map $C_4C_3C_4^{-1}$,

So consider the orientable, genus-3 surface $S_3$, trivially-embedded in the 4-sphere $S^4$ and two basis curves $c_3$ and $c_4$, which meet at exactly one point (i.e., their algebraic intersection number is 1), e.g., a meridian and a parallel in the same sub-torus of $S_3$.

Then the map h defined on (the embedded copy of) $S_3$ which we want to have extended into $S^4$ is defined by :

h:=$C_4C_3C_4^{-1}$, where $C_i$ is the Dehn twist about $c_i$.

The argument showing that h extends had to see with a sort of surgery on $S^4$ , where we decompose $S^4$ by joining (identifying/gluing) a $B^3 \times S^1$ (a 3-ball and a 1-sphere)and an $S^2\times D^2$ (2-sphere and a 2-disk), along their common boundary $S^2\times S^1$ (no problem so far).

NOw######, this is how the original argument went:

We somehow consider a solid torus $D^2\times S^1$ trivially-embedded in the 3-ball $B^3$ --where "trivially" means that its complement in $S^3$ is also a solid torus (we can show this last using, e.g., the Hopf Fibration, so that a small disk $d^2$in an evenly-covered neighborhood lifts to a $d^2\times S^1$; same for the complement of the $d^2$), and we consider a tubular neighborhood U of the solid torus $D^2\times S^1$, given by:

U=$D^2\times S^1 \times S^1$ of the solid torus.

The complement $S^4 -U$:= $E^4$ in $S^4$ of this tubular neighborhood U is a topological $D^2\times S^1\times S^1$ , and the boundary $\partial E^4 $ of this $E^4$ is itself a 3-torus, i.e. $\partial E^4 = S^1\times S^1\times S^1$.

We then use a result by Montesinos, whereby maps defined on the bounding $\partial E^4$, which induce certain maps in homology, extend to the whole complement $E^4$, and then we construct , I think, a map from $S^4$ to itself, whose restriction to $\partial E^4$ induce a map of the Montesinos type.

But I cannot make sense of why/how this argument shows that the given map extends.

Any Ideas?

Thanks in Advance.

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Actually, I'll accept any similar/related proof. – Larry Jul 25 '11 at 8:44
What is $S_3?$ What is $S^4?$ What is the context? The question is essentially incomprehensible. – Igor Rivin Jul 25 '11 at 21:13
Sorry; I thought this was standard notation: $S_3$ is the genus-3 surface, and $S^4$ is the 4-sphere. – Larry Jul 25 '11 at 21:44
The setup is that of an $S_3$ trivially-embedded ( in the sense that it bounds a 3-handlebody) in $S^4$, and we have a composition C4C3C4^(-1) of Dehn twists in the embedded $S_3$ about respective curves c3,c4 defined as above. We then want to show that there is an automorphism Phi:$S^4$-->$S^4$ , which extends the composition of the twists, i.e., $Phi|_S_3$ (the restriction of Phi to S_3), isC4C3C4^-1. – Larry Jul 25 '11 at 21:50
Hope the edits helped clarify. – Larry Jul 25 '11 at 22:11

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