Bimodules in bordered heegaard floer homology

Robert Lipshitz, Peter S. Ozsváth, Dylan P. Thurston

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Bordered Heegaard Floer homology is a three-manifold invariant which associates to a surface F an algebra A.F/ and to a three-manifold Y with boundary identified with F a module over A.F/. In this paper, we establish naturality properties of this invariant. Changing the diffeomorphism between F and the boundary of Y tensors the bordered invariant with a suitable bimodule over A.F/. These bimodules give an action of a suitably based mapping class group on the category of modules over A.F/. The Hochschild homology of such a bimodule is identified with the knot Floer homology of the associated open book decomposition. In the course of establishing these results, we also calculate the homology of A.F/. We also prove a duality theorem relating the two versions of the 3–manifold invariant. Finally, in the case of a genus-one surface, we calculate the mapping class group action explicitly. This completes the description of bordered Heegaard Floer homology for knot complements in terms of the knot Floer homology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)525-724
Number of pages200
JournalGeometry and Topology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 10 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geometry and Topology


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