We define a new –dimensional symplectic cut and paste operation which is analogous to Fintushel and Stern’s rational blow-down. We use this operation to produce multiple constructions of symplectic smoothly exotic complex projective spaces blown up eight, seven, and six times. We also show how this operation can be used in conjunction with knot surgery to construct an infinite family of minimal exotic smooth structures on the complex projective space blown-up seven times.
"Surgery along star-shaped plumbings and exotic smooth structures on $4$–manifolds." Algebr. Geom. Topol. 16 (3) 1585 - 1635, 2016. https://doi.org/10.2140/agt.2016.16.1585