#### Volume 20, issue 3 (2016)

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The degree of the Alexander polynomial is an upper bound for the topological slice genus

### Peter Feller

Geometry & Topology 20 (2016) 1763–1771
##### Abstract

We use the famous knot-theoretic consequence of Freedman’s disc theorem — knots with trivial Alexander polynomial bound a locally flat disc in the $4$–ball — to prove the following generalization: the degree of the Alexander polynomial of a knot is an upper bound for twice its topological slice genus. We provide examples of knots where this determines the topological slice genus.

##### Keywords
topological slice genus, Alexander polynomial
##### Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 57M25, 57M27