Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Infinite order corks via handle diagrams

Robert Gompf

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Abstract

The author recently proved the existence of an infinite order cork: a compact, contractible submanifold C of a 4–manifold and an infinite order diffeomorphism f of C such that cutting out C and regluing it by distinct powers of f yields pairwise nondiffeomorphic manifolds. The present paper exhibits the first handle diagrams of this phenomenon, by translating the earlier proof into this language (for each of the infinitely many corks arising in the first paper). The cork twists in these papers are twists on incompressible tori. We give conditions guaranteeing that such twists do not change the diffeomorphism type of a 4–manifold, partially answering a question from the original paper. We also show that the “δ–moves” recently introduced by Akbulut are essentially equivalent to torus twists.

Article information

Source
Algebr. Geom. Topol., Volume 17, Number 5 (2017), 2863-2891.

Dates
Received: 7 September 2016
Revised: 11 March 2017
Accepted: 22 March 2017
First available in Project Euclid: 16 November 2017

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.agt/1510841486

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2140/agt.2017.17.2863

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR3704246

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1380.57024

Subjects
Primary: 57N13: Topology of $E^4$ , $4$-manifolds [See also 14Jxx, 32Jxx] 57R55: Differentiable structures

Keywords
cork h-cobordism 4-manifold

Citation

Gompf, Robert. Infinite order corks via handle diagrams. Algebr. Geom. Topol. 17 (2017), no. 5, 2863--2891. doi:10.2140/agt.2017.17.2863. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.agt/1510841486


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