Periodica Mathematica Hungarica

, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp 1–14 | Cite as

Cyclic branched coverings of some pretzel links

  • Alberto Cavicchioli
  • Fulvia Spaggiari


We construct infinite families of closed connected orientable 3-manifolds obtained from certain triangulated 3-cells by pairwise identifications of their boundary faces. Our combinatorial constructions extend and complete a particular polyhedral scheme which Kim and Kostrikin used in [10] and [11] to define a series of spaces denoted M 3(n). Then we determine geometric presentations of the fundamental groups, and prove that many of the constructed manifolds are n-fold (non-strongly) cyclic coverings of the 3-sphere branched over some specified pretzel links.

Key words and phrases

3-manifolds group presentations spines orbifolds polyhedral schemata branched coverings 

Mathematics subject classification numbers

57M12 57M25 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e MatematicheUniversità di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Informatiche e MatematicheUniversità di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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