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Questions tagged [seifert-surfaces]

Surfaces bounding a knot or a link.

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Pre-images of Seifert surfaces are incompressible?

Consider a knot $K \subset S^3$ and let $M_K$ be the associated double branched cover. The pre-image $S$ of a Seifert surface is a surface without boundary inside $M_K$. Can $S$ be incompressible? If ...
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Minimal area of Seifert surfaces

Let $K$ be a knot smooth knot in a 3-manifold $M$ and fix a metric on $M$. Let $F$ be a orientable surface of genus $g$ with one boundary component. Then we can consider the family of all maps $\...
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Essential surfaces in knot complements

Given any knot $K \subset \mathbb{S}^3$, one can find a closed oriented embedded surface $S$ such that $K \subset S \subset \mathbb{S}^3$. Moreover, pick such an $S$ that has minimal genus. One can ...
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How disconnected can a Seifert surface be?

Seifert surfaces The standard definition of a Seifert surface for a link in $S^3$ is an oriented, compact surface embedded in $S^3$, bounding the link. Often, it is assumed to be connected, but given ...
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Is there a notion of “ribbon 2-category”?

It there some notion of ribbon 2-category, which would allow for, say, talking about the Seifert surface of links (which is a 1-morphism in some ribbon category) as a 2-morphism in the category? ...
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Seifert genus of the lift of a knot in its cyclic branched covers

I was wondering if there are any known examples of knots $K$ in $S^3$ with Seifert genus $g$ so that the lift of $K$ sitting inside its $n$-fold cyclic branched cover bounds an embedded surface of ...
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Linking circles inside an immersed surface

(Migrated from Math Stack Exchange) A smooth embedding $f : D \to \mathbb{R}^3$ can be isotoped to a canonical inclusion $D \hookrightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$. (This is part of a proof that only the ...
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Is every virtual knot group an HNN extension?

A basic fact in knot theory is that a knot group $\pi(K)$ is an HNN extension of $\pi(F)$, the fundamental group of a Seifert surface complement. A nice discussion of this may be found in Chapter 11 ...
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Original proof of the existence of Seifert surfaces

I read on Wikipedia that Frankl and Prontrjagin were the first to prove that a link $\mathbb{R}^3$ bounds a surface. A few years later Seifert published a proof using the "Seifert algorithm" which ...
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Trefoil Knot Seifert Minimal Surface Equation

I am not very familiar with knot theory nor with minimal surfaces, so I already apologize if my question appears too naive or simple :). I am trying to do the following: Starting from a real ...
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Criteria for existence of basis for Seifert surface that has trivial linking with other component of link

Say we have a 2-component link $L$ with components $L_1$ and $L_2$. Are there known conditions that will ensure that there exists a Seifert surface $S$ of $L_1$ with curves $\alpha_1,\beta_1,...,\...
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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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Minimal genus of Seifert surface of torus knot

Let $(p,q)$ be a pair of coprime (positive) integers. Consider the torus knot $T_{p,q}$. What is the minimal genus of an (embedded) oriented Seifert surface for this knot? It is not had to convince ...
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compressibility of Seifert surface after 0-surgery

Gabai's solution of the Property R conjecture shows that a minimal genus Seifert surface of a knot, capped off in the 0-framed surgery along that knot, is of minimal genus in its homology class. In ...
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Immersed Seifert surfaces of minimal genus

Let $K\subset S^3$ be a knot. We denote by $X=S^3\setminus \nu K$ the knot exterior, i.e. the complement of an open tubular neighborhood of $K$. An immersed Seifert surface for a knot $K$ is an ...
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Seifert surfaces of torus knots

Does anyone know a nice description of a Seifert surface of a torus knot? I can construct such surfaces in band projection, but what I get is ugly and unwieldy. Is there some elegant description for ...