Maximal Surfaces in Complexes Maximal Surfaces in Complexes

by Dickson, Allen J

Abstract (Summary)
Cubical complexes are defined in a manner analogous to that for simplicial complexes, the chief difference being that cubical complexes are unions of cubes rather than of simplices. A very natural cubical complex to consider is the complex C(k_1,...,k_n) where k_1,...,k_n are nonnegative integers. This complex has as its underlying space [0,k_1]x...x[0,k_n] subset of R^n with vertices at all points having integer coordinates and higher dimensional cubes formed by the vertices in the natural way.

The genus of a cubical complex is defined to be the maximum genus of all surfaces that are subcomplexes of the cubical complex. A formula is given for determining the genus of the cubical complex C(k_1,...,k_n) when at least three of the k_i are odd integers. For the remaining cases a general solution is not known.

When k_1=...=k_n=1 the genus of C(k_1,...,k_n) is shown to be (n-4)2^{n-3}+1 which is equivalent to the genus of the graph of the n-cube. Indeed, the genus of the complex and the genus of the graph of the 1-skeleton of the complex, are shown to be equal when at least three of the k_i are odd, but not equal in general.

Bibliographical Information:


School:Brigham Young University

School Location:USA - Utah

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:cubical complex surface 2 manifold genus graph n cube


Date of Publication:06/20/2005

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