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Effective finiteness of irreducible Heegaard splittings of non-Haken 3-manifolds

Tobias Holck Colding and David Gabai

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The main result is a short effective proof of Tao Li’s theorem that a closed non-Haken hyperbolic 3-manifold N has at most finitely many irreducible Heegaard splittings. Along the way we show that N has finitely many branched surfaces of pinched negative sectional curvature carrying all closed index-1 minimal surfaces. This effective result, together with the sequel with Daniel Ketover, solves the classification problem for Heegaard splittings of non-Haken hyperbolic 3-manifolds.

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Duke Math. J., Volume 167, Number 15 (2018), 2793-2832.

Received: 4 October 2015
Revised: 10 January 2018
First available in Project Euclid: 3 October 2018

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Heegaard splitting 3-manifold lamination hyperbolic minimal surface


Colding, Tobias Holck; Gabai, David. Effective finiteness of irreducible Heegaard splittings of non-Haken $3$ -manifolds. Duke Math. J. 167 (2018), no. 15, 2793--2832. doi:10.1215/00127094-2018-0022. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.dmj/1538532049

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