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New examples of non-slice, algebraically slice knots

Author: Charles Livingston
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 130 (2002), 1551-1555
MSC (1991): Primary 57M25, 57N70, 57Q60
Published electronically: October 12, 2001
MathSciNet review: 1879982
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Abstract: For $n >1$, if the Seifert form of a knotted $2n-1$-sphere $K$ in $S^{2n+ 1}$has a metabolizer, then the knot is slice. Casson and Gordon proved that this is false in dimension three. However, in the three-dimensional case it is true that if the metabolizer has a basis represented by a strongly slice link, then $K$ is slice. The question has been asked as to whether it is sufficient that each basis element is represented by a slice knot to assure that $K$ is slice. For genus one knots this is of course true; here we present genus two counterexamples.

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Charles Livingston
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana 47405

Keywords: Knot concordance, algebraically slice
Received by editor(s): August 10, 2000
Received by editor(s) in revised form: November 10, 2000
Published electronically: October 12, 2001
Communicated by: Ronald A. Fintushel
Article copyright: © Copyright 2001 American Mathematical Society

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