In his PhD thesis , Abrams proved that, for a natural number n and a graph G with at least n vertices, the n-strand configuration space of G, denoted Cn(G), deformation retracts to a compact subspace, the discretized n-strand configuration space, provided G satisfies two conditions: each path between distinct essential vertices (vertices of degree not equal to 2) is of length at least n+. 1 edges, and each path from a vertex to itself which is not nullhomotopic is of length at least n+. 1 edges. Using Forman's discrete Morse theory for CW-complexes, we show the first condition can be relaxed to require only that each path between distinct essential vertices is of length at least n- 1.
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- Configuration space
- Discrete Morse theory
- Graph braid group