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$E_8$-plumbings and exotic contact structures on spheres

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arXiv ID: math/0403358
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We prove the existence of exotic but homotopically trivial contact structures on spheres of dimension 8k-1. Together with previous results of Eliashberg and the second author this establishes the existence of such structures on all odd-dimensional spheres (of dimension at least 3).

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