Jointly primitive knots and surgeries between lens spaces

Kenneth L. Baker, Neil R. Hoffman, Joan E. Licata

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This paper describes a Dehn surgery approach to generating asymmetric hyperbolic manifolds with two distinct lens space fillings. Such manifolds were first identified in [20] as the result of a computer search of the SnapPy census, but the current work establishes a topological framework for constructing vastly many more such examples. We introduce the notion of a jointly primitive presentation of a knot and show that a refined version of this condition —longitudinally jointly primitive— is equivalent to being surgery dual to a (1, 2)–knot in a lens space. This generalizes Berge’s equivalence between having a doubly primitive presentation and being surgery dual to a (1, 1)–knot in a lens space. Through surgery descriptions on a seven-component link in S3, we provide several explicit multi-parameter infinite families of knots in lens spaces with longitudinal jointly primitive presentations and observe among them all the examples previously seen in [20].

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2175-2229
Number of pages55
JournalCommunications in Analysis and Geometry
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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