A family of links and the conway calculus

Cole A. Giller

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In 1969, J. H. Conway gave efficient methods of calculating abelian invariants of classical knots and links. The present paper includes a detailed exposition (with new proofs) of these methods and extensions in several directions. The main application given here is as follows. A link L of two unknotted components in S3 has the distinct lifting property for p if the lifts of each component to the /7-fold cover of S3 branched along the other are distinct. The /7-fold covers of these lifts are homeomorphic, and so L gives an example of two distinct knots with the same /7-fold cover. The above machinery is then used to construct an infinite family of links, each with the distinct lifting property for all p > 2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-109
Number of pages35
JournalTransactions of the American Mathematical Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1982
Externally publishedYes

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  • Mathematics(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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