Let X be a norm curve in the SL(2, ℂ)-character variety of a knot exterior M. Let t = ||β||/||α|| be the ratio of the Culler-Shalen norms of two disαtinct non-zero classes α,β ∈ H 1(∂M,Z). We demonstrate that either X has exactly two associated strict boundary slopes ±t, or else there are strict boundary slopes r1 and r2 with |r1| > t and |r2| < t. As a consequence, we show that there are strict boundary slopes near cyclic, finite, and Seifert slopes. We also prove that the diameter of the set of strict boundary slopes can be bounded below using the Culler-Shalen norm of those slopes.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Osaka Journal of Mathematics|
|Publication status||Published - 2006 Dec 1|
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