Department of Mathematics
A volume-preserving counterexample to the Seifert conjecture
- Author(s): Kuperberg, Greg
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://arxiv.org/pdf/math/9504230.pdf
We prove that every 3-manifold possesses a $C^1$, volume-preserving flow with no fixed points and no closed trajectories. The main construction is a volume-preserving version of the Schweitzer plug. We also prove that every 3-manifold possesses a volume-preserving, $C^\infty$ flow with discrete closed trajectories and no fixed points (as well as a PL flow with the same geometry), which is needed for the first result. The proof uses a Dehn-twisted Wilson-type plug which also preserves volume.