Joint GT-UGA Seminar at GT - Knot Traces and the Slice Genus

Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 2:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
Lisa Piccirillo – UT Austin
Caitlin Leverson
Smooth simply connected 4-manifolds can admit second homology classes not representable by smoothly embedded spheres; knot traces are the prototypical example of 4-manifolds with such classes. I will show that there are knot traces where the minimal genus smooth surface generating second homology is not of the canonical type, resolving question 1.41 on the Kirby problem list. I will also use the same tools to show that Conway knot does not bound a smooth disk in the four ball, which completes the classification of slice knots under 13 crossings and gives the first example of a non-slice knot which is both topologically slice and a positive mutant of a slice knot.