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Subgroup separability, knot groups and graph manifolds

Authors: Graham A. Niblo and Daniel T. Wise
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 129 (2001), 685-693
MSC (2000): Primary 20E26, 20E06, 20F34, 57M05, 57M25
Published electronically: April 27, 2000
MathSciNet review: 1707529
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Abstract: This paper answers a question of Burns, Karrass and Solitar by giving examples of knot and link groups which are not subgroup-separable. For instance, it is shown that the fundamental group of the square knot complement is not subgroup separable. Let $L$ denote the fundamental group of the link consisting of a chain of $4$ circles. It is shown that $L$ is not subgroup separable. Furthermore, it is shown that $L$ is a subgroup of every known non-subgroup separable compact 3-manifold group. It is asked whether all such examples contain $L$.

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Graham A. Niblo
Affiliation: Faculty of Mathematical Studies, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, England

Daniel T. Wise
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California 94720
Address at time of publication: Department of Mathematics, White Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853

Received by editor(s): April 14, 1998
Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 24, 1999
Published electronically: April 27, 2000
Additional Notes: The second author was supported as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow under grant no. DMS-9627506.
Communicated by: Ronald A. Fintushel
Article copyright: © Copyright 2000 American Mathematical Society

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