Pretzel links, mutation, and the slice-ribbon conjecture – Paolo Aceto ( Rényi Institute (Budapest) )


Sala Seminari (Dip. Matematica).


We show that the mutant 2-component pretzel links P(p,q,-q,-p) and P(p,q,-p,-q) are not concordant for any distinct odd integers p and q greater than 1. As a corollary, we obtain a proof of the slice-ribbon conjecture for 4-stranded 2-component pretzel links. In order to distinguish mutant links up to concordance we consider 3-fold branched covers and use an obstruction based on Donaldson’s diagonalization theorem. This is joint work with Min Hoon Kim, JungHwan Park and Arunima Ray.

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