New York Journal of Mathematics
Volume 25 (2019), 964-974


Clayton McDonald

Band number and the double slice genus

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Published: October 8, 2019.
Keywords: band unknotting, doubly slice, superslice.
Subject: Primary: 57M27; Secondary: 57M25, 57Q45.

We study the double slice genus of a knot, a natural generalization of slice genus. We define a notion called band number, a natural generalization of band unknotting number, and prove it is an upper bound on double slice genus. Our bound is based on an analysis of broken surface diagrams and embedding properties of 3-manifolds in 4-manifolds.


Thanks to Antonio Alfieri, for piquing my interest in this subject, as well as to my advisor Joshua Greene and Maggie Miller for helpful conversations. Thanks also to the referee for a thoughtful and expedient review.

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Clayton McDonald:
Department of Mathematics
Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, USA