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Topology of hypersurface of sphere fixed by homeomorphic involution

I'm not an topologist, so I apologize in advance if this is a silly question. I have the following situation, let $\mathbb{S}^n$ (for $n\geq 3$) be the standard (smooth if it matters) $n$-sphere and ...
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Simplices and cubes

Question: What is the first appearance in the literature of one of the following statements: The result of intersecting a simplex with a cell of the dual subdivision is a cube There ...
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Framed singular knots

I've recently run across what one might (and I suspect people probably do) call framed singular knots, or maybe singular ribbon knots. Regardless of the name, what I mean is the following: Let $D$ be ...
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Exponential rule for Whitney-$\mathcal{C}^{\infty}$-topology

Let $M,N,X$ be smooth manifolds. Equip the space of smooth functions between two manifolds with the (strong) Whitney- $\mathcal{C}^\infty$-topology. The evaluation map $$ev\colon ...
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Z/p action on finite contractible complex

Let $p$ be a prime and $X$ a finite contractible CW-complex. Assume $\mathbb Z/p$ acts on $X$. Then it is easy to see that there has to be a fixed point. (E.g. use Lefschetz's fixed point theorem or ...
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Reference for a PL flat torus embedding in $\mathbb{R}^3$

A piecewise linear flat torus embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$ is shown at http://www.mathcurve.com/polyedres/toreplat/toreplat.shtml. It is flat in the sense that the angle defect at the vertices is zero. ...
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Simple proof for property R conjecture

Gabai's property R theorem is: If the 0-surgery manifold of a knot $K$ is homeomorphic to $S^1\times S^2$, then $K$ is the unknot. Recently, 3-manifold topology has been developed rapidly by Agol, ...
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Codimension one embeddings

For smooth knots in $S^3$ "isotopy" and "ambient isotopy" are equivalent (although this is not true in the topological category). I guess that therefore also for tori in $S^3$ "isotopy" and "ambient ...
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Three-manifolds having a Reebless foliation but not a taut one

A straightforward argument reveals that a taut foliation is Reebless, and of course there are many examples of Reebless foliations that are not taut. I guess that there are many examples of ...
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Automorphism of genus 2 surface with 5 fixed points

Is there a self-homeomorphism of a genus 2 (closed, orientable) surface, which has finite order and exactly 5 fixed points? Of course, the same question can be asked replacing 2 by $g$ and $5$ by any ...
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Topological cobordisms between smooth manifolds

Wall has calculated enough about the cobordism ring of oriented smooth manifolds that we know that two oriented smooth manifolds are oriented cobordant if and only if they have the same ...
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Cone structures on $\mathbb R^n$

We know that we can put two different structures on $\mathbb R^5$ in the topological category. First is $C(S^{4})$ and second is $C(\Sigma X^3)$, where $X^3$ is a homology sphere and $C(\cdot)$ stands ...
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Mapping theorem in higher dimensions

The Riemann mapping theorem states that given any two simply connected open domains $A$ and $B$ of $\mathbb C$ that are neither empty nor equal to $\mathbb C$, there exists a unique (up to ...
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Introductory article of knot Heegaard Floer Homology

I am looking for some article that gives an introduction to Heegaard Floer homology of knot. I heard that it is very useful to determine the unknotting number of a knot, but I couldn't find any ...
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There is no quasiregular diffeomorphism from punctured ball into ring (on the plane)

The idea is to use l2 cohomology as a quasiregular map invariant. It is easy to see that there are closed 1-forms on the ring which are not exact, but it occures that every closed l2-form $f_1(x,y)dx ...
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Contractibility of regular CW sphere minus open star

Let $S$ be any regular CW decomposition of (a space homeomorphic to) the $n$-sphere, and consider a cell $\sigma$ of dimension $d \in \{0,\ldots,n\}$. Let $S'$ be the regular CW complex which remains ...
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Symmetry conjecture for minimal dilatation pseudo Anosov mapping classes

The conjecture is something like the following: The minimal dilatation among pseudo-Anosov mapping classes on a surface $S_{g,n}$ is realized by $\rho\circ\omega$ where $\omega$ is supported on a ...
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Injectivity of the Dehn-Nielsen-Baer map?

If $S$ is a closed hyperbolic surface, is there an easy proof of the injectivity of the Dehn-Nielsen-Baer map from $\mathrm{Mod}(S)$ to $\mathrm{Out}(\pi_1(S))$, taking an element of the mapping class ...
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Is every $C^1$-domain which is homeomorphic to the unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^d$ Lipschitz equivalent to the unit ball?

Suppose we have a domain $\Omega\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ which is homeomorrphic to the unit ball $B(0,1)\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ and such that $\partial \Omega$ is of class $C^1$ (technically, this means ...
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Simply connected CW-complex with only finitely many nontrivial homotopy and homology groups

Let $X$ be a simply connected CW-complex such that all but finitely many of its homotopy groups and its homology groups (with $\mathbb Z$ coefficients) are 0. Is $X$ then necessarily contractible? I ...
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How to show whether a given knot and its mirror image are the same or not?

The title says it all: How can I show that a knot $K$ is distinct from its mirror image? May be I have to try different knot invariants. Not sure, I am new in this area.
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Which automorphisms on $H_{1}(M^{3})$ are induced by homotopy equivalences?

Let $M^{3}$ be a closed orientable 3-manifold, and $\phi:H_{1}(M;\mathbb{Z})\to H_{1}(M;\mathbb{Z})$ be an automorphism of abelian groups. My question is: Is there any characterization of $\phi$ ...
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Is the space of smooth maps $C^{\infty}(M,N)$ with the Whitney $C^{\infty}$ topology locally compact, if $M$ is compact

The title says it all: Let $M$ be a compact manifold and $N$ a (possible non compact) manifold. Equip the space of smooth functions $C^{\infty}(M,N)$ with the Whitney $C^{\infty}$ topology. (The ...
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Alexander duality for non-manifolds

Let $X$ be a CW complex and $A$ a subcomplex. I will assume that both are compact, and that $X$ is $n$-dimensional. Furthermore, assume that the local homology of $X$ is that of a manifold in a ...
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Perturb a given smooth function to a Morse function relative to fixed level sets, which are already fine

This question was not answered on math.stackexchange. Let $M$ be a manifold (not necessarily compact) , for the sake of clearness embedded in $\mathbb{R^n}$ and $f\colon M\rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ a ...
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hyperbolic structure on Figure–8 knot complement

I was trying to understand the proof of the fact that there is a hyperbolic structure on Figure–8 knot complement initially from Thurston's notes and then from some online notes; but unfortunately I ...
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Fixed point property for intersection of spaces which are homeomorphic to a disk

The following question is question 9.8 from Miller's paper ``Some interesting problems '': Question Suppose $D_n$ a subset of the plane is homeomorphic to a disk and for every $n\in \omega, ...
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Question about the Weeks Manifold

I am wondering about the existence of incompressible surfaces in the Weeks manifold. Is this space a Haken manifold?
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When is it possible to “shrink” a polyhedron?

Let $P$ be a (not necessarily convex or simply-connected) polyhedron, and $\gamma(t)$ a homotopy of $P$, i.e. a continuous displacement of the vertices of $P$ that keeps its faces planar. I call ...
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Doubly slice knots and an embedding of 4-manifold

It is well-known that the existence of topologically slice knot which is not smoothly slice implies the existence of exotic $\mathbb{R}^4$. For example, see the answer of K. Davis. To prove the above ...
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unordered configuration space of pointed space

Let $(X,*)$ be a pointed topological space. Let $F(X,k)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\in X^k\mid \forall i\neq j: x_i\neq x_j, \}$. Let $F(X,k)/S_k$ be the $k$-th unordered configuration space. Is there an ...
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Triangulations of submanifolds of smooth manifolds

Every smooth manifold $M$ has a PL structure, and therefore a triangulation. Given a submanifold $N$ of $M$, does anyone know some nice conditions for $N$ to be the subcomplex of some triangulation of ...
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Thickening graphs to get honest actions

Let $X$ be a finite graph. Its fundamental group is the free group $F_n$ on (say) $n$ generators. Let further an automorphism $\phi$ of $F_n$ be given. It is not true in general that this ...
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Kernel of “Hat to Plus” in Heegaard Floer Homology

Given a 3-manifold $M$, there is a map of Heegaard Floer groups $$f:\widehat{HF}(M) \to HF^+(M)$$ induced by the inclusion $$\widehat{CF}(M) \to CF^+(M)$$ of the respective chain complexes. Given a ...
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A question about simple closed curves in finite dimensional Euclidean spaces

Let n be a positive integer not less than 2. Does anyone know of a theorem stating that- for each n- there exists a simple closed curve c(n), which (1) is a subset of n-dimensional Euclidean space ...
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3-manifolds with isomorphic fundamental groups

There are many non-homeomorphic 3-manifolds with isomorphic fundamental groups, for example the lens spaces $L(p,q_1)$ and $L(p,q_2)$ with $q_1 \ne \pm q_2^{\pm 1}\mod p$. Also, Seifert fibered spaces ...
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Combinatorics of K(Z,2)?

Anybody knows a semi-simplicial model for $K(Z,2)$ having finite number of simplexes in any dimension? With some regular description? I have heard about big activity on triangulating $CP^n$ but this ...
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A basic question of Khovanov-Rozansky Homology

thank you for spending time on the following question. In [1] Khovanov and Rozansky categorifized $sl_n$ version of HOMFLY Polynomial, in page 11, they mention that what they defined in [1] is ...
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When are principal bundles preserved by colimits?

Let $G$ be a topological group and consider a family $$G\rightarrow E_i\rightarrow B_i$$ of $G$-principal bundles indexed over the natural numbers. Suppose we have $G$-bundle morphisms (equivariant ...
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Surgery to unlink $S^p$ and $S^q$ in $S^d$

We know that $S^p$ and $S^q$ can be linked in $S^d$ if $p+q<d$. Let us consider the simplest case where both $S^p$ and $S^q$ are un-knotted spheres. I am looking for a surgery to unlink $S^p$ and ...
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Embedded spheres in the K3 surface

Using the Seiberg-Witten theory, we know that every (smoothly) embedded $S^{2}$ in $K3$ with trivial normal bundle is null-homologous. We know we have a lot of interesting knotted $S^{2}$ inside ...
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Limit Group decomposition

I would need a clarification about a statement in the article Limit groups and groups acting freely on $\mathbb{R}^n$-trees by Vincent Guirardel. First recall that a limit group is a finitely ...
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Canonical metric of toric Kahler manifolds

Let $X$ be non-compact toric Kahler manifold associated to a Delzant polygon $P$ and $g$ be the canonical Kahler metric constructed by Guillemin. Is it true that the real part of $g$, as a ...
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McDuff's classification of symplectic manifolds

According to a theorem of McDuff, if $(X,\omega)$ is a closed symplectic 4-manifold, which contains a symplectic sphere of self-intersection +1, then $X$ is symplectomorphic to $CP^2$ blown up a few ...
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Obtain 4-manifolds by repeating surgeries of submanifolds in $S^4$

In his paper QFT and Jones Polynomials, Witten states: "It is a not too deep result that every 3-manifold can be obtained from or reduced to $S^3$ (or any other desired 3-manifold) by repeated ...
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$(n-1)$-dimensional sphere in $S^n$ such that the closure of a component of complement is not contractible

Let $f:S^{n-1} \rightarrow S^n$ be a topological embedding and let $A_f$ and $B_f$ be the components of $S^n \setminus f(S^{n-1})$. If $\overline{A}_f$ and $\overline{B}_f$ are manifolds with ...
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bi-Lipschitz gluing

Let $H$ be the Heisenberg group with left invariant sub-Riemannian metric and $\varepsilon>0$ is small. Let us denote by $|x-y|_H$ the distance from $x$ to $y$ in $H$. I have a bi-Lipschitz ...
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Chern classes of three (two) dimensional complex vector bundles

Let $M$ be a manifold. Let $F(M,3)=\{(m_1,m_2,m_3)\mid m_1, m_2, m_3\in M, m_i\neq m_j, \text{ for any } i\neq j\}$. Let $S_3$ be the symmetric group of order $3$. Let $S_3$ act on $F(M,3)$ by ...
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Hopf link from analytic geometry

I am a condensed matter physicist, and want to understand the Hopf link from analytic point of view. My question is as follows. We have two sets of equations, and each set of equations describes a ...
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A Jordan Separation Theorem for Polyhedral Surfaces

Let me begin by defining what a polyhedral surface is. A path-connected subset $ P $ of $ \mathbb{R}^{3} $ is called a polyhedral surface iff it is the union of a finite collection $ \mathcal{C} $ of ...