A contamination in a 3-manifold is an object interpolating between the contact structure and the lamination. Contaminations seem to provide a link between 3-dimensional contact geometry and the classical topology of 3-manifolds, as described in a separate paper (Oertel and Świa̧ tkowski, Contact structures, σ-confoliations, and contaminations in 3-manifolds. arXiv math.GT/0307177). In this article we deal with contaminations carried by branched surfaces, giving a sufficient condition for a branched surface to carry a pure contamination.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Political Science and International Relations
- Geometry and Topology
- Branched surface
- Contact structure