Structure of the string link concordance group and Hirzebruch-type invariants

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Cha, Jae Choon
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We employ Hirzebruch-type invariants obtained from iterated p-covers to investigate concordance of links and string links. We show that the invariants naturally give various group homomorphisms of the string link concordance group into L-groups over number fields. We also obtain homomorphisms of successive quotients of the Cochran-Orr-Teichner filtration. As an application we show that the kernel of Harvey's $\rho_n$-invariant is large enough to contain a subgroup with infinite rank abelianization, modulo local knots. As another application, we show that recently discovered nontrivial 2-torsion examples of iterated Bing doubles lying at an arbitrary depth of the Cochran-Orr-Teichner filtration are independent over $\Z_2$ as links, in an appropriate sense. We also construct similar examples of infinite order links which are independent over $\Z$.
Comment: 28 pages, 4 figures
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Mathematics - Geometric Topology, 57M25, 57M27, 57N70
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