Disk surgery and the primitive disk complexes of the 3-sphere

Sangbum Cho, Yuya Koda, Jung Hoon Lee

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Abstract

It is known that the primitive disk complex for a genus-2 Heegaard splitting of the 3-sphere is closed under disk surgery operation. We show that, for a genus-g Heegaard splitting of the 3-sphere with g≥3, the primitive disk complex for the splitting is not weakly closed under disk surgery operation. That is, there exist two primitive disks in one of the handlebodies of the splitting such that any disk surgery on one along the other one yields no primitive disks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107092
JournalTopology and its Applications
Volume272
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020 Mar 1

Keywords

  • Disk complex
  • Disk surgery
  • Heegaard splitting
  • Primitive disk

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