Wecken theorems for Nielsen intersection theory
Nielsen theory, originally developed as a homotopy-theoretic approach to fixed point theory, has been translated and extended to various other problems, such as the study of periodic points, coincidence points and roots. Recently, the techniques of Nielsen theory have been applied to the study of intersections of maps. A Nielsen-type number, the Nielsen intersection number NI(f,g), was introduced, and shown to have many of the properties analogous to those of the Nielsen fixed point number. In particular, it is a homotopy-invariant lower bound for the number of intersections of a pair of maps. The question of whether or not this lower bound is sharp can be thought of as the Wecken problem for intersection theory. In this paper, the Wecken problem for intersections is considered, and some Wecken theorems are proved.