# Tagged Questions

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### Contractibility of space of embeddings of a disc

I'm pretty sure that both of the following spaces are contractible. However, I can't seem to find a proof or a reference. Can anyone provide one? Let $D^2$ be the unit disc in $\mathbb{R}^2$.
The ...

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### Using Discrete Morse Theory to represent hom classes

In "vanilla" Morse theory, you can construct cycles representing integral homology classes of a smooth manifold from a Morse function on the manifold (by looking at the flow into/out of the critical ...

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### (Smooth) Borel Conjecture for 4-dimensional torus

Given an aspherical 4-dimensional closed manifold $M$ with fundamental group $\mathbb{Z}^4$, it is homotopy-equivalent to $T^4 = S^1 \times \ldots S^1$, the 4-dimensional torus.
Question 1: Since I ...

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### Second homology of mapping class group of genus 3

In a survey paper of Korkmaz it is stated that $H_2(\mathrm{Mod}_3)$ is either $\Bbb Z$ or $\Bbb Z \oplus \Bbb Z_2$, but I was not able to find out a precise computation of this group (resolving the ...

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### Bott's Formula for Grassmannians

Bott's Formula gives the dimension of the cohomology $H^{q}(\mathbb{P}^{n}, \Omega_{\mathbb{P}^{n}}^{p}(k))$ of the $k$-twisted sheaf of $p$-differential forms on the projective space ...

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### Singular leaf of Strebel differential

Let $R$ be a Riemann surface.Let $\gamma$ be a loop which is non-trivial in $H_{1}(R,\mathbb{Z})$. By the Jenkins–Strebel Theorem we know the following: there exists a holomorphic quadratic ...

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### Pseudo-manifolds and homology

Is there a good reference for the proof that the cobordism group of pseudo-manifolds is isomorphic to the singular homology group?
I was looking for a more geometrical definition of homology and ...

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### Map from homotopy sphere with lifting property induces surjections on homotopy groups. Is it weak equivalence?

Let $E$ be homotopy equivalent to a $k$-sphere. Let $q\colon E\to X$ be a map such that given any continuous $f\colon C\to X$ from a compact space $C$, there exists (a non-unique) $\tilde{f}\colon ...

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### Quotienting disk inside sphere result in sphere

Let $S^k$ be a topological $k$-dimensional sphere. Let $D^k$ be a $k$ dimensional disk that includes in $S^k$. Let
$q: D^k \to D^r$ be a map and $r \leq k$. Let
$$W = S^k \sqcup D^r/\sim$$
where ...

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### A question about Dehn surgery and Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

I have been learning about Brieskorn homology 3-spheres $\Sigma(a_1,...,a_n)$ and Seifert manifolds. My reference is the first few pages of Saveliev's "Invariants of Homology 3-spheres."
If I ...

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### What 3-manifolds can be obtained by gluing $ S^1 \times P $ and two copies of $S^1 \times D^2$

Let P denote the pair of pants e.g. a sphere minus three small discs $D_1$,$D_2$,$D_3$ about marked points $x_1,x_2,x_3$. I then consider $P \times S^1$. We have boundary components $T_1$,$T_2$,$T_3$. ...

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### Simple connectedness of $\mathbb{C}P^2$ intersected with an affine subspace

The complex projective plane $\mathbb{C}P^2$ can be thought of as the set of rank one 3-by-3 Hermitian matrices with norm one, i.e., $\mathbb{C}P^2 = \{xx^* : x \in \mathbb{C}^3, x^*x=1 \}$. As such, ...

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### What is the determinant of Poincare duality?

For a complex $C^{\bullet}$ of finite dimensional vector spaces, one has a determinant
$$|C^\bullet|:= \bigotimes \left(\Lambda^{top} C^i\right)^{(-1)^i}$$
functorial with respect to ...

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### Manifolds such that every homeomorphism of a submanifold to itself extends to the full manifold

Let manifold $S$ (connected, without boundary) have next property: for every submanifold $D \subset S$ (connected, compact, without boundary), every homeomorphism $f:D \to D$ extends to a ...

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### Compact Lie groups with only 3 dimensional cohomology generators

Let $M$ be a compact connected semi-simple Lie group. Then by Hopf's Theorem $H^*(M;\mathbb Q)=\Lambda[\omega_1,...,\omega_s]$ where $\omega_i\in H^i(M;\mathbb Q)$ , $i\ge 3$ is odd.
For which $M$, ...

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### Lower dimensional Pin cobordisms

I'm studying Pin cobordism groups of a point for some low dimensions. I found a general result by Anderson, Brown, Peterson in Theorem 5.1 of their paper "Pin cobordism and related topics" ...

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### On the fundamental group of closed 3-manifolds

I know that every finitely presented group can be realized as the fundamental group of a compact, connected, smooth manifold of dimension 4 (or higher). In dimension 2 there are strong restriction on ...

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### Does every canonical decomposition of the intersection form come from a canonical homology basis?

Take a closed surface $X$ of genus $n$. By a canonical homology basis, I will mean a set of $2n$ homologically independent simple closed curves $\{\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_n,\beta_1,\ldots,\beta_n\}$, ...

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### Action of the mapping class group on separating spheres in a connected sum of aspherical 3-manifolds

Let $M$ be a connected sum of $g$ closed aspherical 3-manifolds $M_1, \ldots, M_g$. [Update: I also assume that all the $M_i$-s are diffeomorphic, i.e. $M$ is a connected sum of copies of the same ...

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### Functors with Mayer-Vietoris Sequences

Let $F$ be a contravariant functor from some category of spaces (e.g. smooth manifolds or (compact?) topological Hausdorff spaces), to Abelian groups. Assume that for any open sets $U, V \subseteq X$ ...

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### Characterize spin cobordism invariants in dimer models

The paper by Cimasoni and Reshetikhin http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0608070 shows that one can map problems about spin structures on a Riemann surface into problems about dimmer configurations on a ...

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### The Alexander polynomial of a slice knot, Reidemeister tosion, Whitehead group

My question is about the Alexander polynomial of a slice knot.
For a slice knot $K$,
Fox-Millnor and Terasaka proved that
$$ \Delta_{K}(t) \doteq f(t) f(t^{-1})$$
for some polynomial $f(t) \in ...

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### Vector bundle for prescribed Stiefel-Whitney classes

I hope this is not trivial.
Let $B$ be a nice topological space (paracompact, CW-complex or whatever you think is nice)
For $i=1,\ldots,n$ let $x_i \in H^i(B,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be certain cohomology ...

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### Finite group acting on sphere

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group (of odd order if it's significant) acting on sphere $S^2\subset\mathbb{R}^3$. So my question: is it true that $G$ has a fixed point?

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### In H_2 of Sp(2g,Z), why does Meyer's signature cocycle give 4 times a generator?

Fix some $g \geq 2$, let $\Gamma_g$ be the mapping class group of a genus $g$ surface, and let $\pi : \Gamma_g \rightarrow Sp(2g,\mathbb{Z})$ be the projection. In
Meyer, Werner
Die Signatur von ...

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### Comparing Contact Structures: What do we Mean when we Say that two Contact Structures are Homotopic/Eliashbergs Class. of OT structures

Please forgive me if this is too simple for MO; most of my posts on anything contact-structure-related in Math Stack, other sites, have barely received answers (maybe because I'm not an expert in the ...

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### Canonical trivialization of Stiefel-Whitney classes on the frame bundle

Let $X$ be a smooth manifold, perhaps oriented if necessary. The frame bundle $\pi:P \to X$ carries a canonical trivialization of the pullback of the tangent bundle of $X$ and thus a canonical ...

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### Cylinder isotopy relative to its bases

Is n-times twisted cylinder isotopic to 0-times twisted cylinder relative to its bases? (I hope I got the terms right)
That is, is it possible to twist (stretching, bending etc. is allowed) a cylinder ...

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### Are there geometrically formal manifolds, which are not rationally elliptic?

Formality of a space is meant in the sense of Sullivan, i.e. a space $X$ is called formal, if it's commutative differential graded algebra of piecewise linear differential forms $(A_{PL}(X),d)$ is ...

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### Transfinite sequence of contiguous simplicial maps

Recall that two simplicial maps of (abstract) simplicial complexes $f,g\colon K\to L$ are contiguous if $f(\sigma)\cup g(\sigma)$ is a simplex of $L$ for every simplex $\sigma\in K$. Contiguous ...

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### What kinds of manifolds admit non-vanishing vector fields defining convergent congruences?

One of the corollaries of the Poincaré–Hopf index theorem is that a closed, connected manifold $M$ admits non-vanishing vector fields iff its Euler characteristic is zero; i.e. $\chi(M) = 0$.
I am ...

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### PL or projective PL map on the links of a PL manifold

Let $M$ be a PL manifold and $f: M\rightarrow M$ be a PL homeomorphism. Suppose that $f(x)=x$ for some vertex $x$. Is the restriction map of $f$ on the links of $x$ also PL? Someone claims that this ...

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### Space of embeddings of circle in a surface

Let $S$ be a compact oriented surface of genus at least $2$ (possibly with boundary). Let $X$ be a connected component of the space of embeddings of $S^1$ into $S$.
Question : what is the ...

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### All mapping space between CW complexes is a CW complex?

Let $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ denote the (unbased) cellular mapping space from $X$ to $Y$.
If $X$ and $Y$ are finite CW complexes, is $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ a CW complex?
Can we know the cell structure of ...

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### The mathematics of tavern puzzles

I remember seeing a paper on the arxiv this year (which I cannot now find Edit: This paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1208.6545, found by j.c.) proposing to study the linkage of rigid bodies such as tavern ...

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### What is known about maximal free subgroups of surface groups?

Let $\Gamma_g=< a_1,...,a_g,b_1,...,b_g | \prod_{i=1}^g [a_i,b_i]>$ (a surface group). What is known about maximal free subgroups of $\Gamma_g$ for $g>1.$ (I.e. free subgroups which are not ...

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### What invariants are of great concern in the field of 3-manifolds and why? How much do we know about them? [closed]

I am curious about 3-manifolds though I know little.
Here I am trying to know what invariants people in this field are interested in.
The following are what I have known and what I particularly want ...

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### Is there “nonorientable Heegaard Floer homology”?

I have a Heegaard diagram which produces a non-orientable 3-manifold. I want to know any 3-manifold invariant which can be calculated from Heegaard diagrams for non-orientable 3-manifold. (As far as I ...

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### Distinct manifolds with the same configuration spaces?

For a space $X$, let $C_k X$ denote the space of configurations of $k$ distinct unordered points in $X$.
What is an example of a pair of smooth manifolds $M$ and $N$ that are not homeomorphic but ...

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### Natural isomorphism between locally finite homology and homology of one-point compactifcation of a forward tame ANR

Let $X,Y$ be a locally compact, separable, metric ANR that is forward tame, which means that for some closed subset $V\subseteq X$ such that $\overline{X\smallsetminus V}$ is compact a proper map ...

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### consequence of Novikov conjecture

Novikov conjeture is a famous open problem in Geometric topology.It predicts that higher signature is oriented-homotopy invariant.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novikov_conjecture
I am a student ...

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### Homotopy groups other than $\pi_1$ : what are they good for? [duplicate]

Homotopy groups $\pi_k$ were introduced before the homology groups $H_k$ in the 1st topology book I read and the 1st topology course I took. Later on $\pi_1$, $H_k$, and $H^k$ appeared in numerous ...

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### Sufficient condition for coverings between non-orientable surfaces

Let $X_k$ be the connected sum of $k$ projective planes. I am interested in necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a covering $\pi: X_{k'} \to X_k$, where $k$
and $k'$ are integers.
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### Space of embeddings of an $n$-ball into an $n$-manifold

Let $M$ be a smooth $n$-manifold without boundary, and let $B$ be the open unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$. I am trying to understand the space $\text{Emb}(B,M)$ of smooth embeddings of $B$ into $M$. ...

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### Simplicial replacements in smoothing theory

As far as I can tell, ever since Milnor's Microbundles and differentiable structures (1961) paper, whenever people talk about $Diff(\mathbb R^n)$ or $PL(\mathbb R^n)$ or $Homeo(\mathbb R^n)$, they ...

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### Isotopy extension theorems

I'm looking for the origins of the isotopy extension theorem in categories other than the smooth category.
Precisely, in the smooth category, the isotopy extension theorem says that if $f : [0,1] ...

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### Connecting two hypersurfaces in R^{n+1} by embedded curves

Let $M^n$ be a smooth closed embedded hupersurface in $\mathbb R^{n+1}$.
Denote by $D$ the bounded connected component of $\mathbb R^{n+1}\backslash M$.
We assume that $\mathbb R^{n+1}\backslash D$ is ...

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### Does a finitely generated aspherical group have an aspherical presentation with a finite generating set?

Let $G$ be a finitely generated group. Suppose $G$ has an aspherical presentation with a countably infinite generating set. Does $G$ have an aspherical presentation with a finite generating set?
Here ...

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### Toral decomposition

I have a couple of questions on the following theorem:
Theorem. (Jaco, Shalen)
Let $M$ be a compact, irreducible, orientable 3-manifold with incompressible boundary. There exists a collection ...

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### Covering seifert manifolds

Let $M$ be a 3-manifold with boundary. If $M$ has an orientable finite cover that is a Seifert fiber space, then is $M$ also a Seifert fiber space?