Cobordism of exact links

Vincent Blanloeil, Osamu Saeki

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A (2n - 1)-dimensional (n - 2)-connected closed oriented manifold smoothly embedded in the sphere S 2n+1 is called a(2n - 1)-link. We introduce the notion of exact links, which admit Seifert surfaces with good homological conditions. We prove that for n ≥ 3, two exact (2n - 1)-links are cobordant if they have such Seifert surfaces with algebraically cobordant Seifert forms. In particular, two fibered (2n - 1)-links are cobordant if and only if their Seifert forms with respect to their fibers are algebraically cobordant. With this broad class of exact links, we thus clarify the results of Blanloeil [1] concerning cobordisms of odd dimensional nonspherical links.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1455
Number of pages13
JournalAlgebraic and Geometric Topology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geometry and Topology


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