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Incompressible surfaces in link complements

Author: Ying-Qing Wu
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 129 (2001), 3417-3423
MSC (1991): Primary 57N10, 57M25
Published electronically: April 2, 2001
MathSciNet review: 1845021
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We generalize a theorem of Finkelstein and Moriah and show that if a link $L$ has a $2n$-plat projection satisfying certain conditions, then its complement contains some closed essential surfaces. In most cases these surfaces remain essential after any totally nontrivial surgery on $L$.

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Ying-Qing Wu
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Keywords: Incompressible surfaces, $2n$-plat projections, Dehn surgery
Received by editor(s): February 22, 2000
Received by editor(s) in revised form: March 27, 2000
Published electronically: April 2, 2001
Additional Notes: The author was supported in part by NSF grant #DMS 9802558.
Communicated by: Ronald A. Fintushel
Article copyright: © Copyright 2001 American Mathematical Society

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