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The boundary of a domain whose interior is diffeomorphic to the ball

We know that there are compact manifolds with diffeomorphic interiors but their boundaries are not homeomorphic (see the question Manifolds with homeomorphic interiors). My question is about a very ...
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Boundaries of relatively hyperbolic groups

When the interior of an n-manifold $M$ has a pinched negative curvature metric of finite volume, then its fundamental group $\Gamma=\pi_1M$ is relatively hyperbolic relative to the parabolic groups ...
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Fox re-imbedding theorem in dimension four

Fox re-imbedding theorem states the following: A compact 3-manifold $M$ with boundary that embeds in the three-sphere $S^3$, can be re-imbedded in $S^3$ so that its complement is a union of ...
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Clarification of Gabai's exposition of Murasugi Sums in 'the Murasugi sum is a natural geometric operation'

Gabai states that the Murasugi sum of two hopf bands yields a spanning surface of either the figure eight knot, the trefoil knot or a link of three components. Figure one shows two oppositely twisted ...
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Ray-Singer torsion of compact 3-manifolds with finite abelian fundamental group

Is the Ray-Singer analytic torsion for an arbitrary compact 3-manifold with finite Abelian fundamental group equivalent to the Ray-Singer analytic torsion of S^3 mod some direct product of Z_N's? It ...
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Does the shortest path between two braids pass through string links?

One of the fundamental facts underlying the application of braid theory to knot theory is that braids inject into string links. This means that braids $B_1$ and $B_2$, considered inside a cube $I^3$, ...
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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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Virtual fibering conjecture for cusped hyperbolic manifolds

I am interested in understanding if the Virtual Fibering Theorem holds in the non-compact case. Agol proved that every closed hyperbolic $3$-manifold has a finite index cover which fibers over the ...
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Is this knot invariant already treated somewhere in the literature?

Fix a knot type $K \subset S^3$, and consider the set $$Y_K = \{ \mbox{Diagrams of }K \} / \mbox{planar isotopy}.$$ We can turn $Y_K$ into a metric space by considering the distance induced by ...
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Torelli group of a punctured elliptic curve

Let $T_{g,n}$ be the Torelli group of a $n$-punctured surface $S=\overline{S}\setminus\{x_1,\ldots,x_n\}$, with $\overline S$ orientable, closed and of genus $g$. By definition, $T_{g,n}$ is the ...
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Let be $f \in Diff(M)$. What we can say about the subgroup $span{f}< Diff(M)$? What are implications in the structure of $f$ and $M$? [closed]

Let be $f \in Diff(M)$. When is finite the subgroup $span\{f\}< Diff(M)$? What are implications in the structure of $f$ and $M$?
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Convex subsets of infinite dimensional spaces up homeomorphism

Let $C$ be a convex, infinite-dimensional, non-locally-compact subset of a separable Frechet space. If $C$ is a closed subset (or more generally, if $C$ is completely metrizable), then it is known ...
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Kenji Fukaya's Lecture series at Simons center

In the past decade, theory of Kuranishi structures on moduli space of pseudo-holomorphic curves has been in the center of debates between some mathematicians in the field of symplectic geometry. ...
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Relation between Milnor ring and middle dimensional homology of hypersurface

I have suspected that the following is well-known: If $P$ is a homogeneous polynomial of degree $d$ in $n$ variables (for example, Fermat quintic $x_1^5 + \cdots + x_5^5$). The Milnor ring is ...
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Handlebody decomposition of a 3-manifold adapted to a link

Given a compact connected 3-manifold $M$ with non-empty boundary, and a link $L \subset M$, is there a handlebody decomposition of $M = H^0 \cup (\cup_i H^1_i) \cup \{\text{2-handles}\}$ such that: ...
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How many distinct homeomorphism classes of lens spaces are there with a fixed p?

This question is about the topological classification of lens spaces. Fix $p$ a positive integer, not necessarily a prime. From Brody, The topological classification of lens spaces, Annals of Math. ...
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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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Is any smooth homeomorphism isotopic to a smooth embedding?

Let $f:D^m\to \mathbb{R}^m$ be a smooth map ($D^m$ is the unit ball). We call $f$ embedding if it is a homeomorphism on the image and the derivative $D_xf$ is nonsingular at each point $x\in D^m$ ...
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Ribbon knot presentations

Suppose $K$ is a $n$-knot, $n\geq 2$, which bounds two different ribbon disks $D_1, D_2$. These ribbon disks induce unique ribbon $(n+1)$-knots $K_1, K_2$ respectively. Is it known whether $K_1$ and ...
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Each coadjoint orbit of a compact connected Lie group $G$ admits a $G$-invariant generalized complex structure

I am looking for a proof or counterexample for following assertion Each coadjoint orbit of a compact connected Lie group $G$ admits a $G$-invariant generalized complex structure (In sense of ...
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Rank and hyperbolic volume

Suppose $M$ is a hyperbolic $3$-manifold whose fundamental group has rank $r.$ What is the best (lower) bound on the volume of $M?$ Similar question for rank of $H_1.$ There is a bunch of papers of ...
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Determining Tightness/Overtwistedness of Contact Structure using Lift of Structure to the Universal Cover

All: I would appreciate any ideas, refs., etc. on the following: Let $M^3$ be a contact 3-manifold, and let $X$ be its universal cover. Then the contact structure, say $\eta$ on $M^3$ lifts to a ...
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Mapping class group vs automorphism group in cobordism category

Let $3Cob$ be the category whose objects are closed surfaces and whose morphisms are diffeomorphism classes of cobordisms. By sending a diffeomorphism $\phi$ of a surface $X$ to its associated ...
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compact centralisers in maximal Kac-Moody groups over finite fields

Suppose that I want to choose an element of a maximal Kac-Moody group over a finite field which has a compact centraliser. Is there anything known at all about how I can go about choosing such an ...
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Automorphisms of Surfaces, Open Books and Contact Structures

Let $S$ be a surface with non-empty boundary $\partial S$ and let $f$ be an element of MCG(S), the Mapping Class Group of S, i.e., the group of self-diffeomorphisms of S up to isotopy, but with $f$ ...
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Foliation of surface all of whose leaves are circles

I'm having trouble locating a reference for the following basic fact. Let $S$ be a compact orientable surface with boundary. Assume that $\mathcal{F}$ is a foliation of $S$ all of whose leaves are ...
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Origin of the name “Torelli group”

The genus $g$ Torelli group $I_g$ is the kernel of the action of the mapping class group of a genus $g$ surface on the first homology group of the surface. The first paper I am aware of that uses the ...
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Construction of the Casson invariant

What is the easiest construction of the Casson invariant? The original construction using representation spaces (as found, for instance, in Akbulut-McCarthy) is very technical since you have to ...
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Module structure of the abelianization of the commutator subgroup

Let $G$ be a (non-abelian) group, and let $G_2$ denote its commutator subgroup. Then the abelianization $G_2^{ab} = H_1(G_2,\mathbb{Z})$ is a module over the group ring $\mathbb{Z}[G^{ab}]$. The ...
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Rigidity vs Super-rigidity of representations (of Kähler/surface groups)

In the literature there are several definitions of "rigidity" (or "super-rigidity") of representations, adapted to the circumastances. I wonder what are the relations between them; I excuse in advance ...
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When the leaves of a distribution are compact

Let $(M,\omega)$, be a symplectic manifolds. A subbundle $P\subset TM^{\mathbf{C}}$ of the complexified tangent bundle is called a complex polarization if $P$ is Lagrangian P involutive ...
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Existence of a sequence of (almost) Moore irregular graphs embedded on closed surfaces

Let $S_{g}$ denote the genus $g$ closed orientable surface. I'm interested in disproving the existence of a certain configuration of simple closed curves on $S_{g}$. I'd be happy to go into more ...
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Counting edges in embeddable CW-complexes in R^3

Using Euler's formula ($V-E+F = 2$ where $V$, $E$ and $F$ are the number of vertices, edges and faces), we can easily count the number of edges in maximal graphs that are embeddable in plane: 3n-6. I ...
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How many types of jigsaw puzzle pieces in n dimensions?

I was partitioning jigsaw puzzle pieces with some friends yesterday and we noticed that there are 6 types of pieces: All 4 sides have a knobby bit sticking out 1 side has a knobby bit sticking out 2 ...
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Realizing homology classes on surfaces with boundary by simple closed curves

Let $\Sigma$ be a compact oriented surface with boundary. Assume that the genus of $\Sigma$ is positive. We say that an element $h \in H_1(\Sigma)$ can be realized by a simple closed curve if there ...
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An example for the case tht if the leaves of polarization be non-compact then the polarized sections are not square integrable

Let $(M,\omega)$, be a symplectic manifolds. A subbundle $P\subset TM^{\mathbf{C}}$ of the complexified tangent bundle is called a complex polarization if $P$ is Lagrangian P involutive ...
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Going from _Actual_ Open Books to _Abstract_ Open Books

All: I am looking for a proof of the result that any open book $(B, \pi)$ ; $B$ a fibered link , $\pi$ a map of $M^3-B \rightarrow S^1$ on a 3-manifold $M^3$ , so that $\pi$: $(M^3-B)$ fibers over ...
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Are there some list of the finite subgroups of the mapping class groups of low genus surfaces?

We already know the bound of the order of the finite subgroups of the $Mod(S_g)$. If we take a further step, to find all the finite subgroups, then what is the result for low genus cases? For example, ...
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What groups of symmetry are most suited for filling uniformely a spherical 3D space, whilst possessing the lowest possible surface-to-volume ratio?

I am looking for the closest known approximate solution to Kelvin foams problem that would obey a spherical symmetry. One alternative way of formulating it: I am looking for an equivalent of ...
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Entangled helical knots

Consider a pair of disjoint, congruent helices $H_1$ and $H_2$ passing through one another in the following sense. (Caveat lector: This question is not of general interest! It is also long.) $H_1$ is ...
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are smooth homotopic open embedding of Hilbert manifolds smoothly isotopic?

A theorem of Chapman (Chapman, T. A. Homotopic homeomorphisms of infinite-dimensional manifolds. Compositio Math. 27 (1973), 135–140) states that every two open embeddings $f,g:M\to N$ of Hilbert ...
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What constant ensures hyperbolicity of Dehn surgery?

I am interested in showing that certain knots having a surgery description are hyperbolic. Unfortunately I have not had time yet to read Thurston's work, so my understanding of this is vague. But from ...
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Frohman & Fine's proof about Bianchi groups as HNN extensions (or anyone else's)

Specifically, I am looking for a proof that for squarefree $d\in\mathbb{N}\setminus\{ 1,3\}$, there exists some Kleinian $\Gamma$ and some $\alpha\in$Aut$(PSL(2,\mathbb{Z}))$, such that the Bianchi ...
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Reference Request: Topological h-cobordism theorem in higher dimensions

I think this question on math.stackexchange is more appropriate on mathoverflow. Correct me, if you don't think so. The h-cobordism theorem is true in the topological and in the smooth category in ...
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Action of Mapping Class Group on Arc complex

Suppose $S$ is a surface of finite type with nonempty boundary. Now consider the arc complex $\mathcal{A}$. The action of Mod(S)(mapping class group) on the set of all vertices has finitely many ...
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$S^n$ admit a real polarization $D\subset TS^n$?

When the $n$-sphere, $S^n$,admit a real polarization $D\subset TS^n$
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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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A problem related to connectivity of analytic functions

Let $f(z)\in A(\mathbb D)$, where $A(\mathbb D)$ is the space of analytic functions on the open unit disk $\mathbb D$ and continuous on $\overline{\mathbb D}$. Question: Is the connectivity of ...
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Homeomorphism of the punctured sphere which fixes an essential Jordan curve

$\phi$ is a homeomorphism from the 2-sphere to itself which represents an element of $PMCG(S^2,A)$ (we also denote it by $\phi$), where $A$ is a finite set of $S^2$. $\gamma$ is an essential Jordan ...
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High dimensional generalized Poincare hypothesis without the h-cobordism theorem?

The generalized PL Poincare hypothesis states that in dimension $n$ there is a unique PL manifold that has the homotopy-type of $S^n$. It's known to be true in all dimensions except perhaps $n=4$. ...