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### Non-tame 3-manifolds covered by the Euclidean space

An open 3-manifold is tame if it is homeomorphic to the interior of a compact manifold. Is there a (known) example of an open 3-manifold that is not tame, has finitely generated fundamental group and ...

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### Hyperbolic exceptional fillings of cusped hyperbolic 3-manifolds

Thurston's Hyperbolic Dehn Surgery Theorem says that all but finitely many fillings of a cusp of a hyperbolic 3-manifold result in hyperbolic manifolds that are deformations of the original manifold. ...

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### Hyperbolic 3-manifolds with no geometrically finite structure

Does there exist a compact hyperbolic 3-manifold $M$ that is not diffeomorphic to a geometrically finite hyperbolic manifold? If yes, can such $M$ have incompressible boundary?
I think the answer ...

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### The knot whose complement is the Hantzsche-Wendt manifold

Can someone identify the knot whose complement in $\mathbb{S}^{3}$ will produce the Hantzsche-Wendt manifold?
Thanks

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### Hyperbolic Brunnian links and rectangular cusp shapes

My question is as follows.
Does every hyperbolic Brunnian link have rectangular cusp shapes on all its components?
Here is what I mean:
The Borromean rings form a famous link $B$ (a smooth ...

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### projective triangulation and holonomy map

Suppose we have a 3-manifold which is triangulated .what can we deduce if we know that the holonomy map is the identity map around each vertex of the triangulation?
(Here we imagine the covering space ...

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### Seifert surfaces via Alexander duality

If we take a knot $K$ in $S^3$, there are several ways to construct the associated Seifert surface. One way, which I am not familiar with, I just came across in a paper I am reading. It goes like ...

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### slam-dunk operation

I study surgery theory on 3-manifolds using the text book written by Gompf and Stipsicz.I can't understand \bf{slam-dunk} operation.
Let $K_{1}$ be the meridian of a knot $K_{2}$ in $S^3$, and $T$ is ...

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### the carrier graph and Heegaard surface

Let $M$ be orientable 3-manifold admitting a Heegaard splitting $V\cup_{S}W$.
Let $X$ be a carrier graph of $M$ such that rank($X$)=rank($\pi_{1} M$).
Note: A connected graph is called a carrier ...

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### Geodesic cuffs of pairs of pants in a hyperbolic manifold- why are they disjoint?

I'm trying to understand Kahn-Markovic's celebrated Immersing almost geodesic surfaces in a closed hyperbolic three manifold. There is something probably quite basic which I can't figure out.
We have ...

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### Equivalent to Oriented knot complement conjecture

I would like to see why the following two statements in Kirby's list of problem are equivalent:
Statement 1:
If $K_1$ and $K_2$ are knots in a closed oriented 3-manifold $M$ whose complements are ...

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### faraway curves in surface

Let $S$ be a compact orientable 2-surface with $\chi(X)\leq -3$. Y.Minsky and H.Masur proved that the curve complex of $X$ is $\delta$-hyperbolic and infinite.
E.Klarreich (see also U.Hamenstadt) ...

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### Can bilipschitz models of hyperbolic 3-manifolds be made effective?

In their proof of the Ending Lamination Conjecture, Brock, Canary, and Minsky prove existence of bilipschitz models of hyperbolic 3-manifolds (homeomorphic to a surface times $\mathbb{R}$) depending ...

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### Judging whether a finitely presented group is a 3-manifold group?

Given a finitely presented group $G$, how many necessary conditions do people know for $G$ to be isomorphic to the fundamental group of some closed connected 3-manifold? (e.g. residually finite)

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### Examples of 3-manifolds with RFRS fundamental group

I'm wondering if anyone knows how to construct hyperbolic 3-manifolds whose fundamental group is RFRS. Clearly the recent work of Agol, Wise, etc. says that such manifolds are abundant, and in ...

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### heegard diagram

It seems like there is an algorithm to find the Heegard diagram of a 3 manifold obtained by surgery on a link. Also someone told me I can find it in the Gompf and Stipciz's book. But I could not find ...

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### What is known about a 3-manifold $M$ when its fundamental group is linear?

Suppose we have a 3-manifold $M$ and its respective fundamental group $\pi_1(M)$. An important question about its fundamental group is to ask if it is linear, i.e. they are isomorphic to a subgroup of ...

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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 it'...

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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 it'...

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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 references)...

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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 ...