Invariants of Legendrian Knots from Open Book Decompositions

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Onaran S. C.

INTERNATIONAL MATHEMATICS RESEARCH NOTICES, no.10, pp.1831-1859, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1093/imrn/rnp185
  • Page Numbers: pp.1831-1859


In this note, we define a new invariant of a Legendrian knot in a contact 3-manifold using an open book decomposition supporting the contact structure. We define the support genus sg(L) of a Legendrian knot L in a contact 3-manifold (M, xi) as the minimal genus of a page of an open book of M supporting the contact structure xi such that L sits on a page and the framings given by the contact structure and the page agree. We show that any null-homologous loose knot in an overtwisted contact structure has support genus zero. To prove this, we show that any topological link in any 3-manifold M sits on a page of a planar open book decomposition of M.