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Eta invariants as sliceness obstructions and their relation to CassonGordon invariants
, 2004
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Order in the concordance group and Heegaard Floer homology
 GEOM TOPOL
, 2006
"... We use the HeegaardFloer homology correction terms defined by Ozsváth–Szabó to formulate a new obstruction for a knot to be of finite order in the smooth concordance group. This obstruction bears a formal resemblance to that of Casson and Gordon but is sensitive to the difference between the ..."
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We use the HeegaardFloer homology correction terms defined by Ozsváth–Szabó to formulate a new obstruction for a knot to be of finite order in the smooth concordance group. This obstruction bears a formal resemblance to that of Casson and Gordon but is sensitive to the difference between the
The sliceribbon conjecture for 3stranded pretzel knots
, 2007
"... Abstract. We determine the (smooth) concordance order of the 3stranded pretzel knots P(p, q, r) with p, q, r odd. We show that each one of finite order is, in fact, ribbon, thereby proving the sliceribbon conjecture for this family of knots. As corollaries we give new proofs of results first obtain ..."
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Abstract. We determine the (smooth) concordance order of the 3stranded pretzel knots P(p, q, r) with p, q, r odd. We show that each one of finite order is, in fact, ribbon, thereby proving the sliceribbon conjecture for this family of knots. As corollaries we give new proofs of results first obtained by FintushelStern and CassonGordon.
Primary decomposition and the fractal nature of knot concordance
, 2009
"... Abstract. For each sequence P = (p1(t), p2(t),...) of polynomials we define a characteristic series of groups, called the derived series localized at P. Given a knot K in S 3, such a sequence of polynomials arises naturally as the orders of certain submodules of a sequence of higherorder Alexander ..."
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Abstract. For each sequence P = (p1(t), p2(t),...) of polynomials we define a characteristic series of groups, called the derived series localized at P. Given a knot K in S 3, such a sequence of polynomials arises naturally as the orders of certain submodules of a sequence of higherorder Alexander modules of K. These group series yield filtrations of the knot concordance group that refine the (n)solvable filtration. We show that the quotients of successive terms of these refined filtrations have infinite rank. These results also suggest higherorder analogues of the p(t)primary decomposition of the algebraic concordance group. We use these techniques to give evidence that the set of smooth concordance classes of knots is a fractal set. We also show that no CochranOrrTeichner knot is concordant to any CochranHarveyLeidy knot. 1.
Knot concordance, Whitney towers . . .
, 2003
"... We construct many examples of nonslice knots in 3space that cannot be distinguished from slice knots by previously known invariants. Using Whitney towers in place of embedded disks, we define a geometric filtration of the 3dimensional topological knot concordance group. The bottom part of the filt ..."
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We construct many examples of nonslice knots in 3space that cannot be distinguished from slice knots by previously known invariants. Using Whitney towers in place of embedded disks, we define a geometric filtration of the 3dimensional topological knot concordance group. The bottom part of the filtration exhibits all classical concordance invariants, including the CassonGordon invariants. As a first step, we construct an infinite sequence of new obstructions that vanish on slice knots. These take values in the Ltheory of skew fields associated to certain universal groups. Finally, we use the dimension theory of von Neumann algebras to define an L²signature and use this to detect the first unknown step in our obstruction theory.
The concordance genus of a knot
"... Abstract. In knot concordance three genera arise naturally, g(K), g4(K), and gc(K): these are the classical genus, the 4–ball genus, and the concordance genus, defined to be the minimum genus among all knots concordant to K. Clearly 0 ≤ g4(K) ≤ gc(K) ≤ g(K). Casson and Nakanishi gave examples to s ..."
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Abstract. In knot concordance three genera arise naturally, g(K), g4(K), and gc(K): these are the classical genus, the 4–ball genus, and the concordance genus, defined to be the minimum genus among all knots concordant to K. Clearly 0 ≤ g4(K) ≤ gc(K) ≤ g(K). Casson and Nakanishi gave examples to show that g4(K) need not equal gc(K). We begin by reviewing and extending their results. For knots representing elements in A, the concordance group of algebraically slice knots, the relationships between these genera are less clear. Casson and Gordon’s result that A is nontrivial implies that g4(K) can be nonzero for knots in A. Gilmer proved that g4(K) can be arbitrarily large for knots in A. We will prove that there are knots K in A with g4(K) = 1 and gc(K) arbitrarily large. Finally, we tabulate gc for all knots with 10 or fewer crossings. This requires the development of further obstructions and the description of previously unnoticed concordances. 1.
A survey of classical knot concordance
 In Handbook of knot theory
, 2005
"... In 1926 Artin [3] described the construction of knotted 2–spheres in R 4. The intersection of each of these knots with the standard R 3 ⊂ R 4 is a nontrivial knot in R 3. Thus a natural problem is to identify which knots can occur as such slices of knotted 2–spheres. Initially it seemed possible tha ..."
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In 1926 Artin [3] described the construction of knotted 2–spheres in R 4. The intersection of each of these knots with the standard R 3 ⊂ R 4 is a nontrivial knot in R 3. Thus a natural problem is to identify which knots can occur as such slices of knotted 2–spheres. Initially it seemed possible that every knot is such a slice knot and it wasn’t until the early 1960s that Murasugi [84] and Fox and Milnor [24, 25] succeeded at proving that some knots are not slice. Slice knots can be used to define an equivalence relation on the set of knots in S 3: knots K and J are equivalent if K # − J is slice. With this equivalence the set of knots becomes a group, the concordance group of knots. Much progress has been made in studying slice knots and the concordance group, yet some of the most easily asked questions remain untouched. There are two related theories of concordance, one in the smooth category and the other topological. Our focus will be on the smooth setting, though the distinctions and main results in the topological setting will be included. Related topics must be excluded, in particular the study of link concordance. Our focus lies entirely in the classical setting; higher dimensional concordance theory is only mentioned when needed to understand the classical setting. 1.
Amenable L2theoretic methods and knot concordance, arXiv:1010.1058
 IMRN. CHEEGERGROMOV UNIVERSAL BOUNDS FOR VON NEUMANN RHOINVARIANTS 53
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L 2 eta invariants and their approximation by unitary eta invariants
, 2003
"... Abstract. Cochran, Orr and Teichner introduced L 2 –eta–invariants to detect highly non–trivial examples of non slice knots. Using a recent theorem by Lück and Schick we show that their metabelian L 2 –eta–invariants can be viewed as the limit of finite dimensional unitary representations. We recall ..."
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Abstract. Cochran, Orr and Teichner introduced L 2 –eta–invariants to detect highly non–trivial examples of non slice knots. Using a recent theorem by Lück and Schick we show that their metabelian L 2 –eta–invariants can be viewed as the limit of finite dimensional unitary representations. We recall a ribbon obstruction theorem proved by the author using finite dimensional unitary eta–invariants. We show that if for a knot K this ribbon obstruction vanishes then the metabelian L 2 –eta–invariant vanishes too. The converse has been shown by the author not to be true. 1.