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### Can the analytic arc of an irred. $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$-character always be lifted to an analytic arc of an irred. representation?

Is there an example of an irreducible and boundary irreducible $3$-manifold $M$ with torus boundary and a non-abelian representation $\rho: \pi_1(M) \to \mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$, a non-constant ...

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### On Johansson's Theorem on homotopy equivalences of 3-manifolds

Johansson's theorem states the following:
Given $f:M_1\rightarrow M_2$ (not a pair map) an homotopy equivalence between 3-manifolds with incompressible boundary.
Let $V_i$ be the components of the ...

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### What are some of the big open problems in 3-manifold theory?

From what I understand, the geometrization theorem and its proof helped to settle a lot of outstanding questions about the geometry and topology of 3-manifolds, but there still seems to be quite a lot ...

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### Homeomorphic but Non-Conjugate Mapping Tori

Suppose we fix a genus $g$ closed surface $S$. Let $f, g \in Map(S)$ be conjugate, for $Map(S)$ the mapping class group of $S$. Then I know that $M_f$ (the mapping torus of $M$ with monodromy $f$) is ...

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### Algebraicness of trace field of finite volume hyperbolic 3-manifold and dimension of $\mathrm{SL}(2,\mathbb{C})$-character variety

Does the following statement:
"Let $G$ be a finitely generated
group and let $X(G)$ be the
$SL(2,\mathbb{C})$-character variety
of $G$. Suppose $X(G)$ contains an
irreducible component $...

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### When is an irreducible $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C})$ representation of a cusped hyperbolic 3-manifold scheme reduced or smooth?

Let $M$ be an orientable cusped hyperbolic 3-manifold. Let $\rho \in \mathrm{Hom}(\pi_1(M),\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{C}))$ be an irreducible representation.
Is $\rho$ scheme reduced ?
What can ...

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### SU(2) representations of alternating knot groups

Suppose that $K$ is an $\textit{alternating}$ knot in $S^3$, and let $R_0$ be the space of homomorphisms from $\pi_1(S^3 - K)\to SU(2)$ which send meridians to trace free matrices. Denote the subset ...

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### base point in Heegaard Floer homology

It is stated in Mcduff's overview paper "FLOER THEORY AND LOW DIMENSIONAL TOPOLOGY", end of page 9, that the Heegaard Floer homology without considering a base point depends only on the homology of ...

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### Is every closed Sasakian 3-manifold a circle bundle on a Riemann surface?

It suffices to say that all circle bundles on compact Riemann surfaces admit the structure of a closed Sasakian 3-manifold. The question is, the converse of this statement and/or what are the ...

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### Looking for examples of large hyperbolic two-generator knots or 3-manifolds

We say a knot $K$ in $S^3$ is small if its exterior contains no closed properly embedded incompressible surfaces and we say $K$ is large otherwise.
Does anyone know of an example of a large ...

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### Heegard genus of hyperbolic Haken 3-manifolds

Is there an example of a closed Haken hyperbolic 3-manifold of Heegaard genus 2?

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### Non-Haken hyperbolic 3-manifolds without nonorientable surfaces

It is well known that there exist infinitely many (non homeomorphic) non-Haken closed hyperbolic 3-manifolds. These can be obtained for example doing Dehn surgery on the figure eight knot complement. ...

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### How to understand Taubes' moduli space of holomorphic curves?

Let $(X, \omega)$ be a closed symplectic 4-manifold. Let $\mathcal{C}=(C_i, mi_i)$ be a holomorphic current in $X$, where $C_i$ is a somewhere injective $J$-holomorphic curve in $X$ and $m_i$ is ...

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### Constructing a “nice” cobordism

Denote by $\Sigma_g$ the closed, orientable surface of genus $g$. I want to construct a cobordism $M_g$ between $\Sigma_g$ and $\Sigma_{g+1}$ with the following two nice properties:
1) $M_g$ is an ...

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### contact surgery diagram on Brieskorn manifolds

For the Brieskorn manifold $\Sigma(p,q,r)=\{z_1^p+z_2^q+z_3^r=0\} \cap S^5 \subset C^3$, replacing zero with $\epsilon$ in the above, realizes $\Sigma$ as boundary of a Stein domain which induces a ...

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### Compatibility of spherical and hyperbolic geometry for fibred knots

Hyperbolic knots and links have a lovely peculiarity that you can always find a position for them in $S^3$ making two groups the same, one defined using the spherical geometry of $S^3$, and the other ...

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### Fibered knots vs Heegaard genus

We call a knot $K$ in a 3-manifold $M$ fibered if $M\backslash K$ fibers over $S^1$ with fibers $\Sigma$ and such that $K$ is ambient isotopic to the boundary of the compactified fiber $\overline{\...

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### obtaining circle bundle over torus by trefoil surgery

Does any integer surgery on a right or left trefoil knot give the $S^1$-bundle over $T^2$ with Euler number $1$?

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### How many non-commensurable non-arithmetic manifolds have a quaternion algebra like this?

I am interested in realizing commensurability classes of hyperbolic $3$-manifolds whose quaternion algebra (note: not invariant quaternion algebra) is isomorphic to one of the form $\Big(\frac{a,b}{F(\...

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### What are the different ways of defining 3-manifolds?

I wonder what are the different ways of defining the 3-manifold. Obviously for average human being it is difficult to imagine the 3-manifold. Therefore the presentation or visualisation of such object ...

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### Existence of a continuous map of a disk with a given boundary image on a surface to its complement in $\mathbb{R}^3$

I am considering the following problem:
given an embedded closed surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ (unknotted) and a non-trivial simple closed curve on it, does there exist a continuous map of a disk to the ...

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### Which closed 3-manifolds can be embedded in $R^4$?

I wonder which closed orientable 3-manifolds can be embedded in $\mathbb R^4$ and which in $\mathbb R^5$. Is there a way to determine whether given closed 3-manifold, obtained, say by Dehn surgery on ...

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### How to get convinced that there are a lot of 3-manifolds?

My question is rather philosophical : without using advanced tools as Perlman-Thurston's geometrisation, how can we get convinced that the class of closed oriented $3$-manifolds is large and that ...

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### Closed $3$-manifold, $2$-dimensional subbundle of this manifold, is this form exact or not?

Let $M$ be a closed $3$-manifold, and let $\xi$ be a $2$-dimensional subbundle of $TM$. I know the following.
There is a nowhere zero $1$-form $\alpha$ on $M$ with $\alpha(X) = 0$ for any vector ...

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### mapping class group of a two-holed torus

It is well-known that in the picture below we have $t_d=(t_at_b)^6$ as elements in the mapping class group of a two-holed torus, ($t_\gamma$ represents positive Dehn twist about the curve $\gamma$). ...

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### Rational homology sphere that is not Seifert manifold

I wonder if there is an example of rational homology sphere that is not a Seifert manifold. If there is, how can one construct such a rational homology sphere from a surgery of a knot in $S^3$?

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### Random links and $3$-manifolds

In Jeffrey Weeks book "The Shape of Space" he explaines at the end of Chapter 18 (on page 255) the following about the geometrization conjecture:
A non-trivial connected sum $M_1\# M_2$ admits a ...

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### stabilization of Legendrian knots

There are two ways to stabilize a Legendrian knot $k$ in standard contact sphere $(S^3,\xi_{st})$ i.e. adding right cusps or left cusps, let's call these two stabilized Legendrian knots $k_R$ and $k_{...

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### Quasi-isometric rigidity of Nil

Let $Nil$ be the unique simply connected non-abelian three-dimensional nilpotent Lie group, i.e. the group of upper triangular matrices with all the eigenvalues equal to 1 (this group is also known as ...

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### contact structure on double branched covers of $S^3$

We can assign a natural contact structure to double branched cover of a transverse knot $k$ in the $3$-sphere with its standard contact structure $(S^3,\xi_{st})$, as described in:http://arxiv.org/pdf/...

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### Surgery of $S^3$

I have been troubled by this seemingly simple question recently.
How do we easily visualize the statement:
Surgery of $S^3$ over a trivial unknot gives $S^1 \times S^2$?
All I can think of for ...

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### Classification of knots by geometrization theorem

I read this interview with Ian Agol, where he says:
"...I learned that Thurston’s geometrization theorem allowed a complete and practical classification of knots."
My question is:
How does ...

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### On compact, orientable 3-manifolds with non-empty boundary

I recall my Professor having stated something along the lines of the following, but I am not quite certain about the precise statement she gave:
Let $M$ be a compact, orientable 3 manifold with non-...

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### Can one deform an immersion of a 3-manifold in $\mathbb R^4$ to an embedding in $\mathbb R^6$?

Let $M^3$ be an oriented 3-manifold, and let $f:M^3\looparrowright \mathbb R^4$ be a codimension one immersion. Is it possible to find a small deformation of the composite map
$$
M^3 \to \mathbb R^4 \...

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### Is the following 3-manifold always a trivial I-bundle over a surface?

Let $M$ be a compact, orientable and irreducible 3-manifold with with boundary consisting of two incompressible components $N_0,N_1$, with $N_i \stackrel{f_i}{\cong} S_g$ for some diffeomorphism $f_i:...

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### Thurston geometries---the geometry of the universal cover of $SL(2, \mathbb{R})$

In one of the eight Thurston geometries there is the geometry of the universal cover of $SL(2, \mathbb{R})$. But from the algebraic point of view $PSL(2,\mathbb{R})$ is sufficient for building 3-...

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### What are the implications of the simple loop conjecture?

Drew Zemke recently posted a preprint on arXiv proving the Simple Loop Conjecture for 3-manifolds modeled on Sol.
Simple Loop Conjecture: Consider a 2-sided immersion $F\colon\, \Sigma\rightarrow M$...

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### Classification of open subset of $\mathbb{R}^{3}$ [closed]

There is a theorem which gives a classification of connected open sets of $\mathbb{R}^{2}$. Unfortunately, I don't remember the correct statement, but it looks like this
Theorem ? Let $U\subset\...

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### Which 3-manifolds have positive rank gradient?

For which $3$-manifolds $M$ is the fundamental group $\pi_1(M)$
finitely generated and has positive rank gradient?
Recall that the rank gradient of a finitely generated group $G$ is defined to be $...

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### Engulfing Kleinian groups?

Let $G$ be a Kleinian group, and let $H \lneq G$ be a finitely
generated subgroup. Must there be a proper finite index subgroup $U$ of $G$ containing $H$ ?
I know that this is true for Fuchsian ...

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### 3-manifolds homotopy equivalent to a surface

I have heard that an open, orientable 3-manifold $X$ (non-compact, without-boundary) that is homotopy equivalent to an orientable surface $S_g$ must itself already be homemorphic to $S_g \times \...

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### Homology 3-sphere with a unique Stein-fillable contact structure

Are there any known examples of oriented integer homology 3-spheres $Y$ (besides $S^3$) which have exactly one Stein-fillable contact structure up to isotopy? Failing that, what are the known examples ...

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### Gluing two 3 manifolds along their boundary

Let $X,Y$ be two compact, smooth, orientable 3 manifolds, each with an incompressible boundary component diffeomorphic to some genus $g $ surface $S_g$. Under an orientation-reversig diffeomorphism $...

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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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### Is the following 3-manifold irreducible?

We start with product manifold $ X := S_g \times (0,1)$, where $S_g$ is a closed, orientable surface of genus $g \geq 1$. Since this has $\mathbb R^3$ as its universal cover, $X$ is irreducible. Now $...

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### Tight vs. overtwisted contact structure

I know the familiar differences between tight and overtwisted contact structures. For example, each homotopy class of plane-bundles on a three-manifold has an overtwisted representative but tight ...

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### Conditions on the hierarchy for Thurston's hyperbolization theorem

From my understanding the proof of Thurston's hyperbolization theorem for Haken $3$--manifolds consists of cutting the manifold along a hierarchy (collection of incompressible, $\partial$-...

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### A conjecture of Montesinos

Not every orientable 3-manifold is a double cover of $S^3$ branched over a link. For example, the 3-torus isn't. However, in 1975 Montesinos conjectured (Surjery on links and double branched covers of ...

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### Heegaard diagrams of prime 3-manifolds

Are there some known results which give a classification of closed prime 3-manifolds up to their Heegaard diagrams? (That is, providing a collection of Heegaard diagrams which exhausts all prime ...

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### Is tightness decidable?

Given a contact structure on a three-manifold, is there an algorithm to decide whether or not it tight?
For concreteness' sake, let's agree to represent the given contact three-manifold via an open ...