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A lantern lemma

Dan Margalit

Algebraic & Geometric Topology 2 (2002) 1179–1195

arXiv: math.GT/0206120

Abstract

We show that in the mapping class group of a surface any relation between Dehn twists of the form TxjTyk = M (M a multitwist) is the lantern relation, and any relation of the form (TxTy)k = M (where Tx commutes with M) is the 2–chain relation.

Keywords
mapping class group, Dehn twist, lantern relation
Mathematical Subject Classification 2000
Primary: 57M07
Secondary: 20F38, 57N05
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Received: 21 June 2002
Accepted: 17 December 2002
Published: 27 December 2002
Authors
Dan Margalit
Department of Mathematics
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