, Volume 257, Issue 4, pp 799-810
Date: 06 Apr 2007

The distance between two separating, reducing slopes is at most 4

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Abstract

Let M be a simple 3-manifold such that one component of ∂M, say F, has genus at least two. For a slope α on F, we denote by M(α) the manifold obtained by attaching a 2-handle to M along a regular neighborhood of α on F. If M(α) is reducible, then α is called a reducing slope. In this paper, we shall prove that the distance between two separating, reducing slopes on F is at most 4.

This work is supported by NSFC (10625102).