Unravelling the Dodecahedral Spaces

  • Jonathan SpreerEmail author
  • Stephan Tillmann
Part of the MATRIX Book Series book series (MXBS, volume 1)


The hyperbolic dodecahedral space of Weber and Seifert has a natural non-positively curved cubulation obtained by subdividing the dodecahedron into cubes. We show that the hyperbolic dodecahedral space has a 6-sheeted irregular cover with the property that the canonical hypersurfaces made up of the mid-cubes give a very short hierarchy. Moreover, we describe a 60-sheeted cover in which the associated cubulation is special. We also describe the natural cubulation and covers of the spherical dodecahedral space (aka Poincaré homology sphere).


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Research of the first author was supported by the Einstein Foundation (project Einstein Visiting Fellow Santos). Research of the second author was supported in part under the Australian Research Council’s Discovery funding scheme (project number DP160104502). The authors thank Schloss Dagstuhl Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik and the organisers of Seminar 17072, where this work was completed.

The authors thank Daniel Groves and Alan Reid for their encouragement to write up these results, and the anonymous referee for some insightful questions and comments which triggered us to find a special cover.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Discrete Geometry GroupMathematical Institute, Freie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  2. 2.School of Mathematics and Statistics F07The University of SydneyCamperdownAustralia

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