# Realisation problem for the space of knots in the 3-sphere

**Problem**Given a link in , let the symmetry group of be denoted ie: isotopy classes of diffeomorphisms of which preserve , where the isotopies are also required to preserve .

Now let be a hyperbolic link. Assume has the further `Brunnian' property that there exists a component of such that is the unlink. Let be the subgroup of consisting of diffeomorphisms of which preserve together with its orientation, and which preserve the orientation of .

There is a representation given by restricting the diffeomorphism to the . It's known that is always a cyclic group. And is a signed symmetric group -- the wreath product of a symmetric group with .

Problem: What representations can be obtained?

An answer to this problem would give a `closed form' description of the homotopy type of the space of smooth embeddings of in . This is the space of embeddings in the Whitney Topology, or -uniform topology for any .

`Closed form' means that every component of would have the description as an iterated fiber bundle over certain well-known spaces, where the fibers are inductively well-known spaces, and the monodromy would be controlled rather explicitly by this list of representations.

Peripherally related are various other realization problems for -manifolds. For example, Sadayoshi Kojima proved that one can realize any finite group as the group of isometries of a hyperbolic -manifold.

## Bibliography

*[B] Budney, R. Topology of spaces of knots in dimension 3, to appear in Proc. Lond. Math. Soc.

[B2] Budney, R. A family of embedding spaces. Geometry and Topology Monographs 13 (2007).

[K] Kojima, S., Isometry transformations of hyperbolic -manifolds. Topology Appl. 29 (1988), no. 3, 297--307.

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