# Slice-ribbon problem

**Conjecture**Given a knot in which is slice, is it a ribbon knot?

The definitions of slice and ribbon: slice knot ribbon knot

There is a fairly vast literature on this problem. It is closely related to the problem of determining which homology -spheres bound homology -balls, as both are in essence a type of -dimensional cobordism problem.

## Bibliography

*[F] Fox, R. H. Some problems in knot theory. 1962 Topology of 3-manifolds and related topics (Proc. The Univ. of Georgia Institute, 1961) pp. 168--176

[G] Gilmer, Patrick M. On the slice genus of knots. Invent. Math. 66 (1982), no. 2, 191--197.

[H] Hass, Joel. The geometry of the slice-ribbon problem. Math. Proc. Cambridge Philos. Soc. 94 (1983), no. 1, 101--108.

Ana G. Lecuona. [arXiv:0910.4601] On the Slice-Ribbon Conjecture for Montesinos knots

Brendan Owens. [arXiv:0802.2109] On slicing invariants of knots.

* indicates original appearance(s) of problem.