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Pseudo-isotopies of irreducible $ 3$-manifolds

Author: Jeff Kiralis
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 332 (1992), 53-78
MSC: Primary 57M99; Secondary 57N10, 57N37
MathSciNet review: 1140917
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Abstract: It is shown that a certain subspace of the space of all pseudo-isotopies of any irreducible $ 3$-manifold is connected. This subspace consists of those pseudo-isotopies corresponding to $ 1$-parameter families of functions which have nondegenerate critical points of index $ 1$ and $ 2$ only and which contain no slides among the $ 2$-handles.

Some of the techniques developed are used to prove a weak four-dimensional $ h$-cobordism theorem.

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