Constructing self-dual complexes and self-dual triangulations of manifolds

Marinko Timotijević, Rade Živaljević


Simplicial complexes  which are equal to their Alexander dual are known as self-dual simplicial complexes. We prove that topological and combinatorial properties of any self-dual simplicial complex are fully determined by topological and combinatorial properties of the link of any of it's vertices which happens to be sub-dual in smaller combinatorial ambient. Using this observation, we describe a general method for constructing self-dual triangulations of given topological spaces and focus on self-dual triangulations of compact manifolds. We show that there exist only 4 types of self-dual combinatorial manifolds and provide a general method for their construction.


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