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A lantern lemma. (English) Zbl 1022.57001
Let \(S\) be an orientable surface and \(\text{Mod}(S)\) the mapping class group of \(S\) (i.e., the group of orientation preserving self-homeomorphisms of \(S\), modulo isotopy). In [Invent. Math. 135, 523-633 (2002; Zbl 0978.57014)], N. V. Ivanov and J. D. McCarty show the existence of an interesting interplay between the algebraic and topological aspects of \(\text{Mod}(S)\), by proving the algebraic characterization of topological reflectiveness, disjointness relation and braid relation between Dehn twists (as far as these topological relations are concerned, see, for example, N. V. Ivanov [Mapping class groups (North-Holland, Amsterdam) (2002; Zbl 1002.57001)]).
The present paper faces – and positively solves – the problem of the existence of a similar characterization of the lantern relation, which is a relation between Dehn twists about curves which lie on a sphere with four punctures (see M. Dehn [Papers on group theory and topology (Springer-Verlag, New York) (1987)] and D. L. Johnson [Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 75, 119-125 (1979; Zbl 0407.57003)]). Furthermore, the author makes use of results proven by A. Ishida [Proc. Japan Acad. Ser. A Math. Sci. 72, 240-241 (1996; Zbl 0883.57016)] and H. Hamidi-Tehrani [Algebr. Geom. Topol. 2, 1155-1178 (2002; Zbl 1023.57001)] in order to obtain an analogue characterization of another relation involving multitwists, i.e., the 2-chain relation.
Note that the paper cited last independently yields similar results.

MSC:
57M07 Topological methods in group theory
20F38 Other groups related to topology or analysis
57N05 Topology of the Euclidean \(2\)-space, \(2\)-manifolds (MSC2010)
57M99 General low-dimensional topology
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