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More Cappell-Shaneson spheres are standard. (English) Zbl 1244.57061
Summary: S. Akbulut [Ann. Math. (2) 171, No. 3, 2171–2175 (2010; Zbl 1216.57017)] has recently shown that an infinite family of Cappell-Shaneson homotopy 4-spheres is diffeomorphic to the standard 4-sphere. In the present paper, a different method shows that a strictly larger family is standard. This new approach uses no Kirby calculus except through the relatively simple 1979 paper of S. Akbulut and R. Kirby [Topology 18, 75–82 (1979; Zbl 0465.57013)] showing that the simplest example with untwisted framing is standard. Instead, hidden symmetries of the original Cappell-Shaneson construction are exploited. In the course of the proof, an example is given showing that Gluck twists can sometimes be undone using symmetries of fishtail neighborhoods.

57R60 Homotopy spheres, Poincaré conjecture
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