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Pinwheels and bypasses. (English) Zbl 1086.57016

This paper builds upon earlier work by the authors concerning tight contact structures on 3–manifolds. Here they consider the question as to when the attachment of a family of bypasses along a family of Legendrian curves to a convex surface results in a tight contact manifold. (The attachment of bypasses was introduced by K. Honda in [Geom. Topol. 4, 309–368 (2000; Zbl 0980.57010)]). The answer is that a necessary and sufficient condition for this to happen is the nonexistence of a polygonal region which they call a virtual pinwheel.

MSC:

57M50 General geometric structures on low-dimensional manifolds
53C15 General geometric structures on manifolds (almost complex, almost product structures, etc.)
53D35 Global theory of symplectic and contact manifolds
57R17 Symplectic and contact topology in high or arbitrary dimension

Citations:

Zbl 0980.57010
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