Arbitrarily Long Factorizations in Mapping Class Groups Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • On a compact oriented surface of genus $g$ with $n\geq 1$ boundary components, $\delta_1, \delta_2,\ldots, \delta_n$, we consider positive factorizations of the boundary multitwist $t_{\delta_1} t_{\delta_2} \cdots t_{\delta_n}$, where $t_{\delta_i}$ is the positive Dehn twist about the boundary $\delta_i$. We prove that for $g\geq 3$, the boundary multitwist $t_{\delta_1} t_{\delta_2}$ can be written as a product of arbitrarily large number of positive Dehn twists about nonseparating simple closed curves, extending a recent result of Baykur and Van Horn-Morris, who proved this result for $g\geq 8$. This fact has immediate corollaries on the Euler characteristics of the Stein fillings of conctact three manifolds.

publication date

  • 2015