Band sums of links which yield composite links. The cabling conjecture for strongly invertible knots

Mario Eudave Muñoz
1992 Transactions of the American Mathematical Society  
We consider composite links obtained by bandings of another link. It is shown that if a banding of a split link yields a composite knot then there is a decomposing sphere crossing the band in one arc, unless there is such a sphere disjoint from the band. We also prove that if a banding of the trivial knot yields a composite knot or link then there is a decomposing sphere crossing the band in one arc. The last theorem implies, via double branched covers, that the only way we can get a reducible
more » ... an get a reducible manifold by surgery on a strongly invertible knot is when the knot is cabled and the surgery is via the slope of the cabling annulus.
doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1992-1112545-x fatcat:ap7df7ulxzczbfn3laov4eoqma