On the Gabai-Eliashberg-Thurston Theorem

  • Ko Honda

    University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
  • William H. Kazez

    University of Georgia, Athens, USA
  • Gordana Matić

    University of Georgia, Athens, USA


We present a new, completely three-dimensional proof of the fact, due to the combined work of Gabai and Eliashberg-Thurston, that every closed, oriented, connected, irreducible 3-manifold with nonzero second homology carries a universally tight contact structure.

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Ko Honda, William H. Kazez, Gordana Matić, On the Gabai-Eliashberg-Thurston Theorem. Comment. Math. Helv. 79 (2004), no. 3, pp. 502–515

DOI 10.1007/S00014-004-0804-2