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Branched covers of contact manifolds

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Casey, Meredith Perrie
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Etnyre, John B.
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We will discuss what is known about the construction of contact structures via branched covers, emphasizing the search for universal transverse knots. Recall that a topological knot is called universal if all 3-manifold can be obtained as a cover of the 3-sphere branched over that knot. Analogously one can ask if there is a transverse knot in the standard contact structure on S³ from which all contact 3-manifold can be obtained as a branched cover over this transverse knot. It is not known if such a transverse knot exists.
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2013-10-31
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