Hyperbolic link

In mathematics, a hyperbolic link is a link in the 3-sphere with complement that has a complete Riemannian metric of constant negative curvature, i.e. has a hyperbolic geometry. A hyperbolic knot is a hyperbolic link with one component.

As a consequence of the work of William Thurston, it is known that every knot is precisely one of the following: hyperbolic, a torus knot, or a satellite knot. As a consequence, hyperbolic knots can be considered plentiful. A similar heuristic applies to hyperbolic links.

As a consequence of Thurston's hyperbolic Dehn surgery theorem, performing Dehn surgeries on a hyperbolic link enables one to obtain many more hyperbolic 3-manifolds.


See also

Further reading

  • Colin Adams (1994, 2004) The Knot Book, American Mathematical Society, ISBN 0-8050-7380-9.
  • William Menasco (1984) "Closed incompressible surfaces in alternating knot and link complements", Topology 23(1):37–44.
  • William Thurston (1978-1981) The geometry and topology of three-manifolds, Princeton lecture notes.
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