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VOL. 52 | 2008 Calculating the image of the second Johnson-Morita representation
Joan S. Birman, Tara E. Brendle, Nathan Broaddus

Editor(s) Robert Penner, Dieter Kotschick, Takashi Tsuboi, Nariya Kawazumi, Teruaki Kitano, Yoshihiko Mitsumatsu


Johnson has defined a surjective homomorphism from the Torelli subgroup of the mapping class group of the surface of genus $g$ with one boundary component to $\wedge^3 H$, the third exterior product of the homology of the surface. Morita then extended Johnson's homomorphism to a homomorphism from the entire mapping class group to $\frac{1}{2} \wedge^3 H \rtimes \mathrm{S_p}(H)$. This Johnson-Morita homomorphism is not surjective, but its image is finite index in $\frac{1}{2} \wedge^3 H \rtimes \mathrm{S_p}(H)$ [11]. Here we give a description of the exact image of Morita's homomorphism. Further, we compute the image of the handlebody subgroup of the mapping class group under the same map.


Published: 1 January 2008
First available in Project Euclid: 28 November 2018

zbMATH: 1183.57016
MathSciNet: MR2509709

Digital Object Identifier: 10.2969/aspm/05210119

Rights: Copyright © 2008 Mathematical Society of Japan


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