perfect Morse function

One of the basic results of Morse theory are the so-called Morse inequalities involving Morse numbers. The values in the Morse inequalities depend on a choice of Morse function. The best possible case if when the Morse inequalities are equalities. In that case we speak of a **perfect Morse function**.

It has long been known that the existence of a perfect Morse function on every smooth 3-dimensional manifold is equivalent to the 3-dimensional Poincaré conjecture, which is now the Poincaré–Perelman theorem.

- Michael Thaddeus,
*A perfect Morse function on the moduli space of flat connections*, math.SG/9812002

Revised on January 14, 2010 20:55:37
by Toby Bartels
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