Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Reidemeister torsion of Seifert fibered homology lens spaces and Dehn surgery

Teruhisa Kadokami

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We provide necessary conditions on the Alexander polynomial of a knot K in a homology sphere and on surgery coefficients pq for the surgered manifold to be a Seifert fibered space over S2. As an application, we show that no pq–surgery with p>3 on a knot in a homology sphere with the same Alexander polynomial as the figure eight knot can produce a Seifert fibered space with base S2. The main tool is the abelian Reidemeister torsion.

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Algebr. Geom. Topol., Volume 7, Number 3 (2007), 1509-1529.

Received: 24 May 2007
Revised: 20 September 2007
First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2017

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Primary: 55R55: Fiberings with singularities 19J10: Whitehead (and related) torsion 57Q10: Simple homotopy type, Whitehead torsion, Reidemeister-Franz torsion, etc. [See also 19B28] 57M25: Knots and links in $S^3$ {For higher dimensions, see 57Q45}

Dehn surgery Seifert fibered space homology lens space Reidemeister torsion Alexander polynomial


Kadokami, Teruhisa. Reidemeister torsion of Seifert fibered homology lens spaces and Dehn surgery. Algebr. Geom. Topol. 7 (2007), no. 3, 1509--1529. doi:10.2140/agt.2007.7.1509.

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