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Surface bundles over surfaces with arbitrarily many fiberings

### Nick Salter

Geometry & Topology 19 (2015) 2901–2923
##### Abstract

In this paper we give the first example of a surface bundle over a surface with at least three fiberings. In fact, for each $n\ge 3$ we construct $4$–manifolds $E$ admitting at least $n$ distinct fiberings ${p}_{i}:E\to {\Sigma }_{{g}_{i}}$ as a surface bundle over a surface with base and fiber both closed surfaces of negative Euler characteristic. We give examples of surface bundles admitting multiple fiberings for which the monodromy representation has image in the Torelli group, showing the necessity of all of the assumptions made in the main theorem of a recent paper of ours. Our examples show that the number of surface bundle structures that can be realized on a $4$–manifold $E$ with Euler characteristic $d$ grows exponentially with $d$.

surface bundles
Primary: 57R22
##### Publication
Revised: 25 January 2015
Accepted: 2 March 2015
Published: 20 October 2015
Proposed: Shigeyuki Morita
Seconded: Walter Neumann, Ronald Stern
##### Authors
 Nick Salter Department of Mathematics University of Chicago 5734 S University Avenue Chicago, IL 60637 USA http://math.uchicago.edu/~nks/