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### The oriented homeomorphism problem for Haken 3-manifolds

Haken famously described an algorithm to solve the homeomorphism problem for the 3-manifolds that bear his name (fleshed out by many others, including Hemion and Matveev who fixed some gaps). But ...

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### When are incompressible surfaces isotopic into a two-skeleton?

Haken proved that an incompressible surface in a triangulated irreducible 3-manifold is isotopic to a surface which is normal with respect to the triangulation (Theorie der Normalflächen. Acta Math. ...

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### Irreducible homology 3-spheres that bound smooth contractible manifolds

Some examples of irreducible homology 3-spheres that bound smooth contractible 4-manifolds are listed in the comment to problem 4.2 in Kirby's problem list, and all of them happen to occur among the ...

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### slam-dunk or Kirby move

I have difficulty understanding the slam-dunk. In slam-dunk you have two knots K1 and K2 with framings r (rational) and n (integer) such that K1 is the meridian of K2. Now we perform surgery on K2 ...

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### What is a higher genus analogue of the Pontryagin product?

Given a compact oriented aspherical $3$--manifold $M$ with torus boundary $\partial M\simeq T^2$ (e.g. a knot complement), the condition that the images in $\pi_1 M$ of basis $x,y\in \pi_1 T^2$ under ...

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### Isotopy in 3-manifolds

Assume $\Sigma_1$ and $\Sigma_2$ are two embedded compact surfaces
(say orientable) in an orientable 3-manifold $M$. Assume $\Sigma_1$ and $\Sigma_2$
are homotopic in $M$. Then are they isotopic?

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### What is known about the distribution of average edge-degrees for 3-manifold triangulations (with the number of 3-simplices less than a fixed constant)?

This is my first question on mathoverflow! It relates to a project I'm undertaking with a student.
Work by Tamura (extending results by Luo and Stong) shows that for any closed 3-manifold $M$ and any ...

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### Second Homotopy Group of Graph Manifolds

A graph manifold is a closed 3-manifold $M$ that admits a finite collection of disjoint embedded tori $\mathcal{T}$ so that $M \setminus \mathcal{T}$ is a disjoint union of Seifert fibred spaces (i.e. ...

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### The Chern-Simons/Wess-Zumino-Witten correspondence

I have often seen a relationship being alluded to between these two theories but I am unable to find any literature which proves/derives/explains this relationship.
I guess in the condensed matter ...

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### Elevator pitch for the Virtual Fibering Theorem

There has been a great deal of excitement among topologists about the proof of the Virtual Haken Theorem, and in fact of the Virtual Fibering Theorem (for closed hyperbolic 3-manifolds, but I'm ...

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### Torsion in cuspidal cohomology

Following Lemma 2.7 from Vogtmann's Rational Homology of Bianchi Groups, I want to define cuspidal cohomology as $$H_{\mathrm{cusp}}(M)=\frac{H_1(M)}{i_*(H_1(\partial M))}$$ where $i:\partial M\to M$ ...

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### Hyperbolic structures on $S\times\mathbb{R}$

Let $S$ be a closed incompressible surface in a finite volume hyperbolic 3-manifold $M$ without cusps. Let $N$ be the cover of $M$ associated to $\pi_1(S) \subset \pi_1(M)$. The cover $N$ is ...

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### When is a three-manifold deck transformation group solvable?

Suppose that $\pi:Y \to Y'$ is a regular covering of closed, connected, orientable three-manifolds and let $G$ be the deck transformation group. Furthermore, suppose that $Y$ is a rational homology ...

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### Is there a torsion element in the homology cylinder group?

The homology cylinder group is the monoid of homology cylinders modulo homology cobordism. I wonder whether there is any known finite order element in this group.

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### Why S^3-K and SL(2,R)/SL(2,Z) are diffeomorphic? Here K is a trefoil in S^3.

I've heard this result from my differential manifold class, and I don't know how to prove it.
Does anyone know how to construct such diffeomorphism? Please tell me, thanks a lot.
Any comments are ...

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### Does the coefficient of the meridian determine the coefficient of the longitude?(on Dehn surgery)

I'm studying Dehn surgery, and it says that the coefficient $(p,q)$ which says how the meridian curve on solid torus is attached will determine the entire resulting manifold. I'm wondering whether the ...

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### Morse Function on 3-Torus from Heegaard Splitting

It is easy to visualize some Morse functions on surfaces (such as the torus) via the height function, but this seemingly doesn't work for 3-manifolds. I am looking for an explicit one on the 3-torus ...

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### What is the possible usefulness of étale topology and cohomology apart from the resolution of the Weil conjecture ?

My question is as stated in the title:
What is the possible usefulness of étale topology and cohomology apart from the resolution of the Weil conjecture ?
I am particularly interested to know if ...

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### Best known Margulis constants?

A Margulis number for a hyperbolic $n$-manifold $M=\mathbb{H}^n/\Gamma$ is a number $\epsilon>0$ such that for each $x\in\mathbb{H}^n$ the group generated by the elements in $\Gamma$ which move $x$ ...

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### Pseudoanosov mapping torus and length of curves.

Let $M_{\phi}$ be a hyperbolic mapping torus coming from a pseudo-Anosov map $\phi$ in a surface $S$. Is there any way to estimate the length of the geodesic representing a given curve in the surface ...

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### Complexity of surfaces bounding knots in 4-ball and 3-sphere respectively

I'm interested in a complexity question related to problems like the slice-ribbon problem.
To be specific, if $K \subset S^3$ is a knot, it might be non-trivial yet still bound a smoothly-embedded ...

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### teichmuller geodesics and hyperbolic mapping torus

Given a pseudoanosov map $\phi$ of a surface $S$, there is a geodesic $\sigma$ in Teichmuller space (with the teichmuller metric) that is an axis for $\phi$, In other words, $\phi$ acts as a ...

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### Rank of a group generated by side-pairing isometries of a polyhedron

Let $P$ be a compact convex polyhedron in $\mathbb{H}^3$. Let $G$ be a group generated by side-pairing isometries of $P$. Is there an algorithm to find the rank of $G$?

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### Are there lots of integer homology three-spheres?

The problem of counting combinatorial three-spheres with $N$ simplices has implications for some partition functions in physics (see a paper by Benedetti and Ziegler for more background and ...

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### Is this manifold orientable? [closed]

Let $C$ be the set of points $(a,b,c,d) \in \mathbb{C}^4$ which satisfy
1) $ \left|a\right|^2+\left|c\right|^2=\left|b\right|^2+\left|d\right|^2 =1 $.
2) $ a\bar{b}+c\bar{d}=0 $
There is a ...

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### Heegaard splitting of covering hyperbolic manifold.

I am curious about how the Heegaard genus changes after a finite covering.
Is there anyone constructing an closed hyperbolic 3-manifold $N$ such that
the Heegaard genus of a finite covering of $N$ ...

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### Explicit tetrahedralizations of closed 3-manifolds and connections between convex polytopes and hyperbolic knot complements

There are three consistent ways to glue opposite faces of a dodecahedron to get a closed 3-manifold. With a $\frac{1}{10}$ twist we receive the Poincaré dodecahedral space, with a $\frac{3}{10}$ twist ...

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### 3-manifold theorem reference request or proof

The following is a theorem of which I have great interest in but cannot find anything about on the internet,
Every 3-manifold of finite volume comes from identifying sides of some polyhedron
I'm ...

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### 3-manifolds with solvable fundamental group

Is there a nice reference for the classification of closed 3-manifolds with solvable (nilpotent, abelian, etc.) fundamental group, assuming the Geometrization Conjecture?

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### Question about Thurston's paper “A norm for the homology of 3-manifolds”

I have a question about the proof of Theorem 5 in Thurston's paper "A norm for the homology of 3-manifolds". It's the theorem that asserts that the fibered faces are, well, fibered. More precisely, ...

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### Expository accounts of the Thurston norm

Other than Thurston's original paper (which I find quite hard to read), are there any expositions of the basic properties of the Thurston norm? In particular, I'm interested in a proof of his ...

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### Mapping torus relative to an infinite orbit can be hyperbolic with finite volume?

Consider a homeomorphism of the sphere with an infinite orbit converging forwards and backwards to the same point. Remove the orbit and the accumulation point and make the mapping torus. Can the ...

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### Diffeomorphisms vs homeomorphisms of 3-manifolds

For a smooth 3-manifold $M$, is the natural map from the space of diffeomorphisms of $M$ to the space of homeomorphisms of $M$,
$${\sf Diff}(M) \longrightarrow {\sf Top}(M),$$
a weak homotopy ...

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### Dehn surgery on handlebody

Assume $V$ is a handlebody and $C$ be a simple closed curve contained in the interior of $V$.
As Sam said, there exists some simple closed curve such that every dehn surgery along it produces a ...

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### what is the meaning of “inseparable” in this case

Let $i:T^{2}\rightarrow S^{1}\times S^{2}$ be an embedding map.
If $i(T^{2})$ is inseparable in $S^{1}\times S^{2}$, then $S^{1}\times S^{2}-i(T^{2})\cong (O\cup K)^{c}$. Here $(O\cup K)^{c}$ is a two ...

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### Questions on 3-manifolds with a given boundary

I have the following question:
For a given two-dimensional Riemann surface $C$,
Is there a way to classify all topologically distinct
three-dimensional compact manifolds $M$ whose boundary is $C$,
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### Smooth structures on closed $3$-manifolds are unique up to diffeomorphism?

Hi!
I'm using the theorem stated in the question, but so far, I haven't found a source that does explicitely state and prove it or at least give a proper citation. It must be me though, since the ...

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### what is the meaning of a curve $C$ representing Identity in fundamental group?

Suppose $M$ is a closed 3-manifold, $C\subset M$ is a simple closed curve which represent identity in $\pi_{1}(M)$. Then $C$ bounds an immersed disk in $M$.
My question is:
When does it bound an ...

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### How to see isometries of figure 8 knot complement

The figure 8 knot complement $M$ is the orientable double cover of the Gieseking manifold, which implies that $M$ has a fixed-point free involution. If we think of $M$ with its hyperbolic metric, this ...

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### is very compact P^2-irreducible 3-manifold homotopy equivalent to a sphere or cell-quotient?

is very compact $P^2$-irreducible 3-manifold homotopy equivalent to a sphere or cell-quotient?

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### The Tubular Neighborhood of a Closed Geodesic

Suppose $M_{g}$ is the mapping torus $\Sigma_{g} \times [0, 1]/ (x, 0) \equiv (\tau x, 1)$, where $\Sigma_{g}$ is the hyperbolic space with genus $g,$ and $\tau : \Sigma_{g} \to \Sigma_{g}$ is an ...

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### $S^1$-action in three dimensions

Let $M$ be a closed, orientable 3-manifold with a non-trivial differentiable $S^1$-action.
What does this imply for $M$? What are examples except for (products of) spheres?

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### Topological rigidity of compact manifolds in dimension three

The Borel Conjecture asserts that homotopy equivalent aspherical closed manifolds are homeomorphic, which is still open in general.
But, for three-dimensional manifolds, this conjecture holds (I ...

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### Will the rank of fundemantal 3 manifold be decreased is I module the n(n>1) times of a element?

I am doing some rank control about the fundamental group of a 3 dim hyperbolic orbifold. After cuting out the regular neighborhood of all the singularity, I get a manifold with imcompressible ...

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### Incompressible surfaces in an open subset of R^3

Let $U$ be a connected open subset of $\mathbb R^3$. Furthermore, we have:
$\mathbb R^3\setminus U$ has exactly two connected components (thus by Alexander duality, $H_2(U;\mathbb Z)=\mathbb Z$).
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### What is known rigoruously about the semiclassical (k to infinity) limit of WRT invariants?

To each closed $3$-manifold $N$, there is a corresponding Witten--Reshetikhin--Turaev invariant $Z_k(N)$ depending on an integer $k$ (the level) and a Lie group $G$ (and perhaps we'll just concentrate ...

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### Polynomial Vector Fields on the 3-Sphere

EDIT(3): I am looking for a basis for the Lie algebra of polynomial vector fields on $S^3$.
EDIT(2): I am fairly certain now that my question is more along the lines of, what does the Lie algebra of ...

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### Where are $+$, $-$ and $\infty$ in bordered Heegaard-Floer theory?

Here goes my first MO-question. I've just read Lipshitz, Ozsváth and Thurston's recently updated "A tour of bordered Floer theory". To set the stage let me give two quotes from this paper.
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### Does a homeomorphism of $S^1 \times S^2$ which is homotopy to the identity has to isotope to it?

I guess the question can be asked for all manifolds. But I am particularly interested in $S^1 \times S^2$ right now. Concrete example preferrd.

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### Embedding the product of three circles in the 4-sphere.

Let $M$ be a smooth submanifold of the 4-sphere $S^4$. I'm going to demand that $M$ be diffeomorphic to $S^1 \times S^1 \times S^1$. By Jordan-Brouwer separation, $M$ separates the 4-sphere into ...