16 may 2018 -- 15:30
Sala Seminari, DM, Pisa
We show that the mutant 2-component pretzel links P(p,q,-q,-p) and P(p,q,-p,-q) are not concordant for any distinct odd integers p and q greater than 1. As a corollary, we obtain a proof of the slice-ribbon conjecture for 4-stranded 2-component pretzel links. In order to distinguish mutant links up to concordance we consider 3-fold branched covers and use an obstruction based on Donaldson's diagonalization theorem. This is joint work with Min Hoon Kim, JungHwan Park and Arunima Ray.