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On surfaces and Heegaard surfaces

Author: Klaus Johannson
Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 325 (1991), 573-591
MSC: Primary 57N10; Secondary 57N05
MathSciNet review: 1064268
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Abstract: This paper is concerned with the intersection of surfaces and Heegaard surfaces in closed orientable $3$-manifolds $M$. Given a Heegaard decomposition $(M,{V_1},{V_2})$ it will be shown that any surface (orientable or not) in $M$ is equivalent to a surface which intersects ${V_1}$ in discs whose total number is limited from above by some function in the genus of $\partial {V_1}$ alone. The equivalence relation in question is generated by disc- and annulus-compressions.

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