## Abstract

In 1969, J. H. Conway gave efficient methods of calculating abelian invariants of classical knots and links. The present paper includes a detailed exposition (with new proofs) of these methods and extensions in several directions. The main application given here is as follows. A link L of two unknotted components in S3 has the distinct lifting property for p if the lifts of each component to the /7-fold cover of S3 branched along the other are distinct. The /7-fold covers of these lifts are homeomorphic, and so L gives an example of two distinct knots with the same /7-fold cover. The above machinery is then used to construct an infinite family of links, each with the distinct lifting property for all p > 2.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 75-109 |

Number of pages | 35 |

Journal | Transactions of the American Mathematical Society |

Volume | 270 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Mar 1982 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics(all)
- Applied Mathematics