Preprints



Stable classification of 4-manifolds with 3-manifold fundamental groups
with Daniel Kasprowski, Markus Land and Mark Powell,

ArXive 2015.

Non-local spin field theories in dimension three
with Matthias Kreck and Stephan Stolz,

Preprint 2014.


Published Papers


Cochran invariants via twisted Whitney towers

with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Journal of Knot Theory and Its Ramifications Vol. 26 (2017) 28 pages, commemorative issue to honor Tim Cochran.

Geometric filtrations of String Links and Homology Cylinders

with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Quantum Topology, Volume 7, 2016, 281-328.


Pulling apart 2-spheres in 4-manifolds

with Rob Schneiderman,

Documenta Math. 19 (2014) 941-992.


Milnor invariants and twisted Whitney towers

with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Journal of Topology (2014) 7 (1): 187-224.


Cohomotoy sets of 4-manifolds

with Rob Kirby and Paul Melvin, 

Proceedings of the Freedman Fest, Geometry & Topology Monographs, Volume 18 (2012), 161-190.


Universal quadratic forms and Whitney tower intersection invariants

with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Proceedings of the Freedman Fest, Geometry & Topology Monographs, Volume 18 (2012), 35-60.


Whitney tower concordance of classical links

with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Geometry & Topology, 16, 2012, 1419-1479.


Tree homology and a conjecture of Levine
with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Geometry & Topology, 16, 2012, 555-600.

Traces in monoidal categories
with Stephan Stolz, Transactions of the A.M.S. 364, 2012, 4425-4464.

Higher order intersections in low-dimensional topology
with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Proceedings of the National Academy 2011, 108 (20) 8131-8138.

Supersymmetric field theories and generalized cohomology.
with Stephan Stolz, Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Field Theory and Perturbative String Theory, Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics, Vol. 83, A.M.S. 2011, 279-340.

Differential forms and 0-dimensional super symmetric field theories
with Henning Hohnhold, Matthias Kreck and Stephan Stolz,

Quantum Topol. 2 (2011), 1-41.

Super manifolds - a short and incomplete survey.
with Henning Hohnhold and Stephan Stolz,

Bulletin of the Manifold Atlas 2011, 1-6.

From minimal geodesics to super symmetric field theories.
In memory of Raoul Bott, with Henning Hohnhold and Stephan Stolz,

CRM Proceedings and Lecture Notes, Volume 50, 2010, 207-273.

Topological 4-manifolds with geometrically 2-dim. fundamental groups.
with Ian Hambleton and Matthias Kreck,

Journal of Topology and Analysis, vol. 1 (2) 2009, 123-151

New constructions of slice links.
with Tim Cochran and Stefan Friedl,

Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici, vol. 84 (3) 2009, 617-638

Positive topological field theories and manifolds of dimension > 4.
with Matthias Kreck, Journal of Topology, Volume 1 (2008), 663-670.

Knot concordance and von Neumann rho-invariants.
with Tim Cochran,

Duke Mathematical Journal, Volume 137, Number 2 (2007), 337--379.

Jacobi identities in low-dimensional topology.
with Jim Conant and Rob Schneiderman,

Compositio Math. 143 (2007) 780-810.

Non-smoothable four-manifolds with infinite cyclic fundamental group.
with Stefan Friedl, Ian Hambleton and Paul Melvin, International Mathematics Research Notices, Vol. 2007, Article ID rnm031, 20 pages.

Geometric topology and connections with quantum field theory.
Abstracts from the workshop held June 12--18, 2005. Organized by Stephan Stolz and Peter Teichner. Oberwolfach Reports. Vol. 2, no. 2 (2005), 1505-1546.

What is an elliptic object?
with Stephan Stolz,
Topology, geometry and quantum field theory, London Math. Soc. LNS 308, Cambridge Univ. Press 2004, 247-343.

New topologically slice knots.
with Stefan Friedl, Geometry and Topology,

Vol.9 (2005), 2129-2158. - Correction to an example in the paper

On knots with trivial Alexander polynomial.
with Stavros Garoufalidis,

Journal of Differential Geometry 67 (2004), 763-789.

What is ... a grope?
Notices of the A.M.S. 51 (8) (2004), 892-893.

Whitney towers and the Kontsevich integral.
with Rob Schneiderman, Geometry and Topology Monogr. 7 (2004), 101-134.

Grope cobordism of classical knots.
with Jim Conant,
Topology, 43 (2004), 119-156.

Structure in the classical knot concordance group.
with Tim Cochran and Kent Orr,
Comment. Math. Helv. , 79 (2004), 105-123.

Grope cobordism and Feynman diagrams.
with Jim Conant,
Math. Annalen, 328 (2004), 135-171.

Knot concordance, Whitney towers and L2 signatures.
with Tim Cochran and Kent Orr,
Annals of Math., 157 (2003), 433-519.

Flatness and the Ore condition for rings.
Proceedings of the AMS, 131 (2003), 1977-1980.

Knots, von Neumann signatures, and grope cobordism.

Lecture given at the ICM 2002 in Beijing, Proceedings of the International Congress of Math., Vol II: Invited Lectures, 437-446

Higher order intersection numbers of 2-spheres in 4-manifolds.
with Rob Schneiderman,
Algebraic & Geometric Topology, 1 (2000), 1-29.

All 2-dimensional links are null homotopic.
with Arthur Bartels,
Geometry and Topology, 3 (1999), 235-252.

Symmetric surgery and boundary link maps.
Mathematische Annalen, 312 (1998), 717-735.

Maximal nilpotent quotients of 3-manifold groups.
Mathematical Research Letters 4 (1997), 283-293.

Betti number estimates for nilpotent groups.
with Michael Freedman and Richard Hain, Fields Medallists' Lectures, edited by M. Atiyah and D. Lagolnitzer, World Sci. Ser. in 20th Century Math. 5 (1997), 413-434.

A non-extended hermitian form over the group ring of the integers.
with Ian Hambleton,
Manuscripta Mathematica 93 (1997), 435-442.

Alexander duality, gropes and link homotopy.
with Slava Krushkal,
Geometry and Topology, 1 (1997), 57-69.

On the star-construction for topological 4-manifolds.
Proc. of the Georgia International Topology Conference 1993. Geom. top. AMS/IP Stud. Adv. Math. 2 300-312 A.M.S. (1997)


4-manifold topology I.
with Michael Freedman, Inventiones Mathematicae 122 (3) (1995), 509-529.

Appendix: Clarification of linear grope height raising.

4-manifold topology II.
with Michael Freedman, Inventiones Mathematicae 122 (3) (1995), 531-557.

Counter examples to the Kneser conjecture in dimension four.
with Matthias Kreck and Wolfgang Lueck,

Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici 70 (1995), 423-433.

Stable prime decompositions of 4-manifolds.
with Matthias Kreck and Wolfgang Lueck, Commentarii Prospects in topology (Princeton, NJ, 1994), 251-269, Ann. of Math. Stud., 138, Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, NJ, 1995.

6-Dimensional manifolds without totally algebraic homology.
Proceedings of the A.M.S. 123 (9) (1995), 2909-2914.

Van Kampen's embedding obstruction is incomplete for 2-complexes in 4-space. with Slava Krushkal and Michael Freedman,

Mathematical Research Letters 1 (1994), 167-176.

Nonorientable 4-manifolds with fundamental group of order 2.
with Ian Hambleton and Matthias Kreck,

Transactions of the A.M.S. 344 (2) (1994), 649-665.

On the signature of 4-manifolds with universal covering spin.
Mathematische Annalen 295 (1993), no. 4, 745-759.

Topological 4-manifolds with finite fundamental group.
PhD Thesis, University of Mainz, Germany,

Shaker Verlag 1992, ISBN 3-86111-182-9.


Unpublished papers

All oriented 4-manifolds have spin-c structures.
with Elmar Vogt, Preprint 1994.