The Kakimizu complex of a surface
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The Kakimizu complex of a surface

  • Author(s): Schultens, Jennifer
  • et al.

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https://arxiv.org/pdf/1401.2111.pdf
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Abstract

The Kakimizu complex is usually defined in the context of knots, where it is known to be quasi-Euclidean. We here generalize the definition of the Kakimizu complex to surfaces and 3-manifolds (with or without boundary). Interestingly, in the setting of surfaces, the complexes and the techniques turn out to replicate those used to study the Torelli group, {\it i.e.,} the "nonlinear" subgroup of the mapping class group. Our main results are that the Kakimizu complexes of a surface are contractible and that they need not be quasi-Euclidean. It follows that there exist (product) $3$-manifolds whose Kakimizu complexes are not quasi-Euclidean.

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