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Parallels between Heegaard splittings and trisections of 4-manifolds

Islambouli, Gabriel
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Islambouli, Gabriel
Advisor
Krushkal, Slava
Abstract
This dissertation develops the analogies between Heegaard splittings and trisections in two distinct directions. In one direction, we show that invariants of 3-manifolds defined using Heegaard splittings can be adapted in order to provide invariants of 4-manifolds. More precisely, given two smooth, oriented, closed 4-manifolds, 𝑀1 and 𝑀2, we adapt work of Johnson to construct two invariants, 𝐷𝑃(𝑀1,𝑀2) and 𝐷(𝑀1,𝑀2), coming from distances in the pants complex and the dual curve complex, respectively. Our main results are that the invariants are independent of the choices made throughout the process, as well as interpretations of "nearby" manifolds. In another direction, we show that tools used to distinguish Heegaard splittings of a 3-manifold can be adapted to distinguish trisections of 4-manifolds. As a result, we exhibit the first examples of inequivalent trisections. We in fact show that, for every π‘˜ β‰₯ 2, there are infinitely many manifolds admitting 2π‘˜βˆ’1 non-diffeomorphic (3π‘˜, π‘˜)- trisections. Here, the manifolds are spun Seifert fiber spaces and the trisections come from Meier’s spun trisections.
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Mathematics, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2019
Published Date
2019-04-29
Degree
PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
Collection
Libra ETD Repository
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