Rational cobordisms and integral homology

Geometry Topology Seminar
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 2:00pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
University of Oxford

We prove that every rational homology cobordism class in the subgroup generated by lens spaces contains a unique connected sum of lens spaces whose first homology embeds in any other element in the same class. As a consequence we show that several natural maps to the rational homology cobordism group have infinite rank cokernels, and obtain a divisibility condition between the determinants of certain 2-bridge knots and other knots in the same concordance class. This is joint work with Daniele Celoria and JungHwan Park.