Rational cobordisms and integral homology

20 May 2019
Paolo Aceto

We prove that every rational homology cobordism class in the subgroup generated
by lens spaces contains a unique connected sum of lens spaces whose first homology embeds in
any other element in the same class. As a consequence we show that several natural maps to
the rational homology cobordism group have infinite rank cokernels, and obtain a divisibility
condition between the determinants of certain 2-bridge knots and other knots in the same
concordance class. This is joint work with Daniele Celoria and JungHwan Park.