Experimental Mathematics

Simplicial manifolds, bistellar flips and a 16-vertex triangulation of the Poincaré homology 3-sphere

Abstract

We present a computer program based on bistellar operations that provides a useful tool for the construction of simplicial manifolds with few vertices. As an example, we obtain a 16-vertex triangulation of the Poincaré homology 3-sphere; we construct an infinite series of non-PL d-dimensional spheres with d+13 vertices for $d\geq 5$; and we show that if a d-manifold, with $d\ge 5$, admits any triangulation on n vertices, it admits a noncombinatorial triangulation on n+12 vertices.

Article information

Source
Experiment. Math., Volume 9, Issue 2 (2000), 275-289.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 22 February 2003