Orderability and Dehn filling

Marc Culler, Nathan Dunfield
2018 Geometry and Topology  
Motivated by conjectures relating group orderability, Floer homology, and taut foliations, we discuss a systematic and broadly applicable technique for constructing left-orders on the fundamental groups of rational homology 3-spheres. Specifically, for a compact 3-manifold $M$ with torus boundary, we give several criteria which imply that whole intervals of Dehn fillings of $M$ have left-orderable fundamental groups. Our technique uses certain representations from $\pi_1(M)$ into
more » ... into $\widetilde{\mathrm{PSL}_2 \mathbb{R}}$, which we organize into an infinite graph in $H^1(\partial M; \mathbb{R})$ called the translation extension locus. We include many plots of such loci which inform the proofs of our main results and suggest interesting avenues for future research.
doi:10.2140/gt.2018.22.1405 fatcat:lu6mmkungrhyjkxaemoezmb3qa