Low-dimensional topology generally refers to the study of 3 or 4 dimensional topological manifolds and knot theory.

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Why are there always pairwise intersections in a Heegaard splitting?

Let $M=A\cup B$ be a Heegaard splitting, such that $\{\alpha_i\}_{i=1}^g$ is a set of boundaries for meridian disks of $A$, and $\{\beta_i\}_{i=1}^g$ is a set of boundaries for meridian disks of $B$ ...
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Seifert manifolds and Fuchsian group

A Fuchsian group is a discrete subgroup of $PSL(2, \mathbb{R})$. Let $M$ be a Seifert manifold (maybe with boundary) and $t \in \pi_1(M)$ the class of a regular Seifert fiber. Hempel claims in his ...
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Thin position of knots

Can anyone explain something in Gabai's foliations and topology of 3-manifolds III. On page 492 where he proved the existence of an essential surface, I do not understand his diagram for the ...
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How is PL knot theory related to smooth knot theory?

I really want to like knot theory but the PL condition seems sort of ugly. I was hoping someone could give me a justification for secretly thinking about smooth knots as I read through a book like ...
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Why can we consider only torus switch rather than arbitrary Dehn filling in Lickorish theorem?

I understand that any orientable $3$-manifold can be obtained by doing Dehn surgery on $S^3$ along a set of circles sitting in it; but why can we further assume the slop to be $0$, i.e. we can obtain ...
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Homotopy topology question

Let f be a map from the real projective plane to the torus. Show that f must be homotopic to a constant map. This is a qual problem. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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$\operatorname{Spin}^c(n)$ is a Lie group?

Assume that $n\geq 3$. (This implies $\pi_1(\operatorname{SO}(n))=\mathbb{Z}/2$.) Let $\rho\colon \operatorname{Spin}(n)\to \operatorname{SO}(n)$ be the 2-fold universal cover. Identify $\ker(\rho)$ ...
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Heegaard Splitting of Brieskorn homology 3-spheres

For pairwise coprime integers $(p,q,r)$, we define a Brieskorn homology 3-spheres by $\Sigma(p,q,r)=\{(z_1,z_2,z_3)\in\mathbb{C}^3 | z_1^p+z_2^q+z_3^r=0, |z_1|^2+|z_2|^2+|z_3|^2=1\}$. I want to know ...
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Problem from Hempel — surfaces in Lens spaces

This isn't a homework problem, just working through Hempel's 3-Manifolds for my own benefit. One exercise is to show that the lens space $L(2k,q)$ contains a surface of Euler characteristic $2-k$. ...
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Symmetric product of genus 2-surface

Let $\Sigma$ be the genus 2-surface. Denote $\operatorname{Sym}^2(\Sigma)=\Sigma\times \Sigma/\mathbb{Z}/2$, where $\mathbb{Z}/2$ acts on $\Sigma\times \Sigma$ by $(x,y)\mapsto (y,x)$. In the very ...
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What knot groups are Abelian?

The knot group (the fundamental group of the complement of a knot) of the unknot is $\mathbb{Z}$ and the Hopf link is $\mathbb{Z}^2$, so those are knots (links) with Abelian knot group but are there ...
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Classification of Bieberbach groups

Does anybody know if there exists a list of the four dimensional Bieberbach groups presented by generators and relations on the web?. I know there exists the book Crystallographic Groups of ...
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Fundamental Group of Seifert-Fibred Space, as constructed in Hatcher

In Hatcher's notes on 3-Manifolds (available here), he constructs Seifert-fibred spaces in the following way: Let $S$ be some surface, possibly with boundary (let's say with boundary for now). Let ...
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Useful topology on space of smooth structures on $\mathbb R^4$?

Mathoverflow is intimidating, so I thought I'd ask here first (second). If I don't get any useful answers here in a few days, I'll ask there. $Q_0$: Is there any use for a topology on the (continuum ...
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handle moves: proof

In several 4-manifold textbooks, when handle moves (creation, cancellation, sliding) are discussed, they are explained using very helpful drawings. However, I would like to know if there is a ...
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How do you specify a link to a blind combinatorialist?

Regular projections of links look like graphs in the plane. So I'm wondering if it would be possible to specify a link up to isotopy with purely combinatorial data about this graph. If so, what kind ...
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intersection form

I have problem understanding the proof of this theorem on page 23 of Kirby's Topology of 4-manifolds: Two closed oriented 4-manifolds are homotopy equivalent iff they have isomorphic intersection ...
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Intersection form on manifolds with boundary

It is a "basic fact" that the intersection form of a closed oriented 4k-dimensional manifold is unimodular. (Could anyone point me to a reference to a proof of this fact?) What can be said about the ...
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Cohomology after Dehn surgery

For $f:S\to M$ a knot in a 3-manifold, we can construct a 3-manifold $N$ by a $0/1$-type Dehn surgery along $f$: First remove from $M$ a solid torus which is a tubular neighbourhood of the knot $f$; ...
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Coloring knot diagram obtained from colored one by applying crossing change to one crossing

Suppose $K_1$ is a knot diagram colored by a dihedral quandle $R_n$ of order $n$, By applying crossing change (exchanging over and under arcs) to one crossing in $K_1$, we obtain a new diagram let us ...
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Looking for a basic reference on propagators (in Topology)

I am looking for a basic (preferably self-contained) reference where I can read about propagators (as they appear in Topology), and in particular Morse propagators. Thanks!
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double decker set in a surface-knot

Surface-knot is an embedded surface in $\Bbb{R}^4$. Project the surface in $\Bbb{R}^3$ gives the surface diagram with set of singularity points consists of double points, triple points and branch ...
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Splittings of 4 manifolds

I am wondering why a copy of $CP^2$ may be split off from $CP^2\mathbin\#9\overline{CP^2}$ to leave $\overline M_{E_8}\mathbin\#\overline{CP^2}$(«The wild world of 4-manifolds» by Alexandru Scorpan, ...
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Set of generators of the commutator subgroup of a surface group

Good morning, I am having a hard time trying to describe the commutator subgroup of a surface group. Namely, if $S$ is a compact orientable surface and $G$ its fundamental subgroup, let's recall that ...
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What do we mean by $CP^2$ with reverse orientation?

$CP^2$ and $\bar{CP^2}$ are not diffeomorphic since they have non-isomorphic intersection forms. so why do we call the latter $CP^2$ with reverse orientation? it seems like we are not just reversing a ...
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History of ' low-dimensional geometry '

I want to have a brief history about the low-dimensional manifolds and geometric structures on manifolds specially on low-dimensional manifolds .where I can read about thus ?
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Trivial eigenvalues

Many nonlinear manifold learning methods used for dimensional reduction (isomap, diffusion maps, local preserving projections, etc) solve the symmetric eigenvalue problem and then use the eigenvectors ...
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limit set of Kleinian grouos with closed manifolds as quotient

I'm trying to convince myself that if $M\cong\mathbb{H}^3/G$ is a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold then the limit set $\Lambda(G)$ equals the whole Riemann sphere $S_\infty^2$. My idea of the proof goes ...
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Relations between Kleinian groups and quotient manifolds

In some specific situation there are some nice relations between a Kleinian group and its quotient manifold. For example, if $G$ is a once-punctured-torus group (i.e. a free subgroup of ...
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Seeking a good book or site describing the 3-sphere

would you be able to recommend a good book/chapter or a web site on visualization / structural elements / projection of the 3-sphere. I am trying to locate a good information source on this subject, ...
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For any diagram of a surface-knot, what are the possible connections of edges?

The singular set of a surface-knot diagram is a disjoint union of i) a graph, which has 1- and 6-valent vertices corresponding to branch points and triple points respectively. ii) circles which has no ...
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The Geometrical Mean of $T^2$#$RP^2=RP^2$#$RP^2$#$RP^2$

This is my homework: $T^2$#$RP^2=RP^2$#$RP^2$#$RP^2$ Below is what I have think: From the book of M.A.Armstrong, I find $RP^2$#$RP^2$#$RP^2$ is a sphere which is attached by three Mobius ...
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How to visulize surface link in four dimension?

I am now facing a problem with "surface link" in four dimension. I have heard that three 2-torus can be linked in four dimension. And I have created a movie by cutting four dimensional space with ...
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intersection on manifold with boundary and relative long exact sequence in homology

Let $(M,\partial M)$ be a connected compact oriented 3-manifold with torus boundary. Let $j: M \to (M, \partial M)$ and $i: \partial M \to M$ be inclusions. We get a long exact sequence ...