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On $3$manifolds with Torus or Klein Bottle Category Two


Published:20131012
Printed: Sep 2014
Wolfgang Heil,
Department of Mathematics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306
Dongxu Wang,
Department of Mathematics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida 32306
Abstract
A subset $W$ of a closed manifold $M$ is $K$contractible, where $K$
is a torus or Kleinbottle, if the inclusion $W\rightarrow M$ factors
homotopically through a map to $K$. The image of $\pi_1 (W)$ (for any
base point) is a subgroup of $\pi_1 (M)$ that is isomorphic to a
subgroup of a quotient group of $\pi_1 (K)$. Subsets of $M$ with this
latter property are called $\mathcal{G}_K$contractible. We obtain a
list of the closed $3$manifolds that can be covered by two open
$\mathcal{G}_K$contractible subsets. This is applied to obtain a list
of the possible closed prime $3$manifolds that can be covered by two
open $K$contractible subsets.