# Questions tagged [3-manifolds]

A 3-manifold is a space that locally looks like Euclidean 3-dimensional space

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### Book recommendations beyond an introduction [on hold]

So I’ve scraped the surface of many topics, but I would like to go further. Can anyone recommend some continuations to the following introductory books? It’s okay if necessarily it needs to be a ...

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### Circle bundles and surface bundles which admit no strongly irreducible Heegaard splittings

Let $S$ be a closed connected orientable surface with $g(S)>0$. Jennifer Schultens, in her paper ``The Classification of Heegaard Splittings for (Compact Orientable Surface)$\times S^1$'', proves ...

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### SnapPy isometry routine

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
Here's a question that I hope some of you, more experienced in programming, can answer.
Once SnapPy is used to compute the symmetry group of a hyperbolic manifold by ...

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### Existence of smooth structures on topological $3$-manifolds with boundary

It is said in this thread Unique smooth structure on $3$-manifolds that every topological $3$-manifold admits a smooth structure. However it is not specified whether the manifolds are allowed to have ...

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### open book decompositions of $\Sigma\times S^1$

Let $\Sigma$ be a closed orientable surface. Is there a standard open book decomposition on the $3$-manifold $M=\Sigma\times S^1$?
If the binding is allowed to be empty in the definition of an open ...

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### Triangulations of 3-manifolds in Regina and SnapPy

I have been doing some statistical studies on small 3-manifolds, and I note that one can produce larg-ish censuses of triangulations in Regina. Now, the Regina documentation tells us how to convert a ...

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### P-adic Volume Conjecture

Let $M$ be a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold. One can use hyperbolic structure on $M$ to define hyperbolic volume $Vol(M)$. Thanks to Mostow's rigidity theorem the volume depends only on the topology of ...

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### Surgery (Kirby) diagram of connected sum of lens spaces?

What is the kirby/surgery diagram for a connected sum of two lens spaces?
Question 1: is it just the unlink with $p/q$ coefficients?
Question 2: if not, what manifold is the unlink with $p_i/q_i$ ...

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### Hyperbolic Dehn surgeries and SU(2)-representations

Let $S^3-K$ be the complement of the figure eight knot complement. Thurston, in his Lecture Notes, constructed a hyperbolic structure, which comes from a discrete, faithful representation $\pi_1(S^3-K)...

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### Signature/nullity function for a link obtained by parallel pushoffs of a knot?

Let $K$ be an oriented knot in $S^3$ together with a framing $n$. Let $K(a,b)$ be the oriented link obtained by taking $a$ copies of the $n$-pushoff of $K$ with the same same orientation as $K$ and $...

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### 3d Chern-Simons TQFT of gauge group (E8)$_1$ = SO(16)$_1 \otimes$ a trivial spin TQFT = Cartan E$_8$ matrix

In this post, we like to relate the following 3 bosonic TQFTs that can be defined on generic non-spin manifold $M^3$.
Given a non-abelian Chern-Simons (CS) TQFT of a gauge group $G$ and the $k$ named ...

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### Manifold with no closed components?

Let $M$ be a manifold with boundary. Reading some papers on $3$-manifolds I have come across some statements where they require that: ”$M$ has no closed components.”
What does this mean? The ...

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### What is variation of the Chern-Simons functional, and why can it be calculated as follows?

Let $G$ be a Lie group. Assume that we have an Ad-invariant bilinear symmetric form $$\langle-,-\rangle : \mathfrak{g} \times \mathfrak{g} \to \mathbb{C}.$$ Given a smooth manifold $X,$ we let $\...

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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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### Reference request for wild 3-manifolds

I’m looking for a text on 3-manifolds that focuses on wild/pathological objects, similar to Bing’s work in the field. I know basic algebraic topology (homotopy, homology, cohomology) and have read ...