Mathematical Research Letters

Volume 14 (2007)

Number 5

Contact structures on 3–manifolds are deformations of foliations

Pages: 775 – 779

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/MRL.2007.v14.n5.a6

Author

John B. Etnyre (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Abstract

In this note we observe, answering a question of Eliashberg and Thurston in \cite{EliashbergThurston98}, that all contact structures on a closed oriented 3–manifold are $C^\infty$-deformations of foliations.

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