Knot theory is dealing with embedding of curves in manifolds of dimension 3. A knot is a single circle embedded in the affine space of dimension 3 as a smooth curve not crossing itself. Many knot invariants are known and can be used to distinguish knots.

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hyperbolic structure on Figure–8 knot complement

I was trying to understand the proof of the fact that there is a hyperbolic structure on Figure–8 knot complement initially from Thurston's notes and then from some online notes; but unfortunately I ...
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Kinematics of rolling knots

It is well known that there are trefoil knots without tritangent planes, and with 3d printers one can print these beautiful objects and make them roll on planes. (An ...
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Does $H_*(A^-_0(K))=\mathbb{F}[U]$ imply that $K$ is an L-space knot?

Let $K$ be a knot in the three-sphere. Let $A_s^-(K)$ be the Alexander filtrations of the knot Floer complex $CFK^{\infty}$. Would $A_0^-(K)$ has homology $\mathbb{F}[U]$ imply that K is an L-space ...
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Doubly slice knots and an embedding of 4-manifold

It is well-known that the existence of topologically slice knot which is not smoothly slice implies the existence of exotic $\mathbb{R}^4$. For example, see the answer of K. Davis. To prove the above ...
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Are Markov traces matrix traces?

When starting this question I was very hesitant - literature on the subject is vast and I thought most likely the answer is already there somewhere. Then when the list "Questions that may already ...
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Human Knot game

In the popular game "Human Knot", a group of people stands in a circle and each person grabs another person's hands at random (one with the left hand and one with the right hand). The goal is to ...
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Kernel of “Hat to Plus” in Heegaard Floer Homology

Given a 3-manifold $M$, there is a map of Heegaard Floer groups $$f:\widehat{HF}(M) \to HF^+(M)$$ induced by the inclusion $$\widehat{CF}(M) \to CF^+(M)$$ of the respective chain complexes. Given a ...
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Can every large point set be connected to a given knot?

Let $K$ be a given knot, and $P$ a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^3$ in general position, general position in the sense that no three points are collinear and no four coplanar. Define the point-set ...
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A basic question of Khovanov-Rozansky Homology

thank you for spending time on the following question. In [1] Khovanov and Rozansky categorifized $sl_n$ version of HOMFLY Polynomial, in page 11, they mention that what they defined in [1] is ...
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Surgery to unlink $S^p$ and $S^q$ in $S^d$

We know that $S^p$ and $S^q$ can be linked in $S^d$ if $p+q<d$. Let us consider the simplest case where both $S^p$ and $S^q$ are un-knotted spheres. I am looking for a surgery to unlink $S^p$ and ...
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Descriptive Complexity of Knot Equivalence

I was reading a little about knots (in a popular math book that wasn't very good) and the book put forth several knot invariants like the Alexander and Jones polynomials. But these are not complete ...
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Tunnel number of Pretzel knots

I would like to know the tunnel number of $n$-pretzel knots. I have searched and found nothing for any $n>3$. When $n=2$, $t(K)=1$ or $2$ depending on the number of twists, which is proved in a ...
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Hopf link from analytic geometry

I am a condensed matter physicist, and want to understand the Hopf link from analytic point of view. My question is as follows. We have two sets of equations, and each set of equations describes a ...
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How can i change 8_19 to (3,4)-torus knot K(3,4)?

In the knot table, it is well-known that 8_19 is (3,4)-torus knot. But, it is not clear to me. How can i change 8_19 to (3,4)-torus knot K(3,4)? Moreover, it is well-known that braids of two ...
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Classes of knots that have known Bridge spectra

Bridge spectra is a knot invariant first defined by Doll, who established some basic properties. Tomova has shown that high distance knots have bridge spectra $(n,n-1,\ldots,2,1,0)$. Zupan has ...
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Polynomial invariants for unoriented links

I have seen that usually one finds polynomial invariants for oriented links (for example the Jones polynomial, the Hompfly polynomial). Does anyone know what polynomial invariants exist for ...
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arc length of a knot in the solid torus

As motivation, consider the knot in the solid torus in the first (left) picture below. Put a metric on the torus -- for concreteness, let's assume it's induced by the standard euclidean metric on ...
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Obtain any 3-manifold from repeating surgeries on knots in $S^3$

In Witten's “QFT and Jones Polynomials” paper, page 383, it states that: "It is a not too deep result that every 3-manifold can be obtained from or reduced to $S^3$ (or any other desired 3-manifold) ...
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Blanchfield pairing: knot exterior versus $0$-framed surgery

The Blanchfield pairing is usually defined on the homology of the infinite cyclic cover over the knot exterior. In his article "cobordism of satellite knots", Litherland works with the $0$-framed ...
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Chern-Simons invariants of 2-bridge knots

2-bridge links $L(p/q)$ are described by the continuous fraction expansion $\frac{p}{q}=\left[a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n\right]$, where the $a_i$ are the numbers of twists in the boxes below: Looking at ...
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Algorithm for Computing the Arf Invariant of a Knot

According to "The knot book", by Colin Adams, two knots are pass equivalent if they are related by a finite sequence of pass-moves. Moreover every knot is pass-equivalent to either the unknot or the ...
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What are known examples of a 3-manifold $Y$ embedded into $Y'\times I$ where $Y'$ is another 3-manifold?

The question I have is the following: Let $Y,Y'$ be two integer homology 3-spheres. Can we embed $Y'$ into $Y\times I$ such that $Y'$ separates the two boundary components apart? Do we know any ...
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2-bridge knots in the Rolfsen's table

2-bridge knots (aka rational knots) $K(p,q)$ are described by a rational number $\frac{p}{q}$ or likewise its continued fraction expansion $\left[a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_k\right]$. Has somebody worked out a ...
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Why does the Gluck twist on a spun knot give the standard $S^4$?

Given a knotted arc $A \subset D^3$ (whose endpoints are, say, at $(\pm 1,0,0)$), the spun knot on this arc is $$\partial\left((D^3, A) \times D^2\right), = (\partial(D^3,A) \times D^2) \cup ((D^3,A) ...
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Self-diffeomorphisms of fibered knot complements

A knot $K \subset S^3$ is fibered if the complement $S^3 \setminus K$ of (a small open neighborhood of) $K$ is a fiber bundle over $S^1$. (The fiber will be a surface with one boundary component.) ...
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Is this approach to the combinatorics of knots well known?

I am teaching a course on knots for the first time, and this led me to play with an approach which I have not seen in the literature. I would be surprised if no one had used it before, so I am ...
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Minimal genus of Seifert surface of torus knot

Let $(p,q)$ be a pair of coprime (positive) integers. Consider the torus knot $T_{p,q}$. What is the minimal genus of an (embedded) oriented Seifert surface for this knot? It is not had to convince ...
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link which is the closure of some power of a braid

Recently I have stumbled upon links which are closures of braids, of the form $\sigma = \tau^{n}$. Such links generalize torus links. Are there any papers studying such links? In particular I am ...
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Oriented knot complement conjecture for fibered knots

Suppose I have two inequivalent fibered knots in a homology sphere. When I say 'inequivalent', I mean that there is no orientation-preserving homeomorphism of the space that takes one to the other. ...
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Can two fibered knots have the same exterior?

Suppose I have two distinct fibered knots in a homology sphere. Is it possible for them to have (orientation-preservingly) homeomorphic exteriors? See Oriented knot complement conjecture for ...
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Two-bridge knots and CW-complex

The fundamental group of any two-bridge knot K in $\mathbb{S}^3$ has a presentation with two generators and one relation. On the other hand, it's possible to provide a CW-complex with only one 0-cell ...
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What is the original reference for disorientations on tangle diagrams?

There are several invariants whose "natural" domain is a category of disoriented tangles, that is tangles which are piecewise-oriented, but which contain points called `disorientations' at which the ...
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Alexander polynomial in branched covers

Suppose I am given a 3-manifold as a double branched cover over a link. Let a null-homologus knot in this space be given as a lift of an arc with endpoints on the link (it is automatically ...
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How many knots are there with hyperbolic volume less than a given constant

Are there any known upper bounds on: $$\#\left\{\text{hyperbolic knots }K\subseteq S^3\middle|\operatorname{Vol}(S^3\setminus K)<M\right\}$$ ? I expect this grows at least exponentially in $M$, ...
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Are there spaces in which there are no fibered knots?

I am looking for orientable closed 3-manifolds in which there are no fibered knots. Although I know little about this, I think for links the answer to the question above is "no", and the result is ...
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Is there a known Legendrian simple link?

Several knots like unknot, $4_1$, $3_1$ are known to be Legendrian simple, i.e., Thurston-Bennequin number and rotation number determine Legendrian type completely. How about the same notion for link ...
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Jones polynomial of tangles using Temperley-Lieb algbra?

The definition of the Jones polynomial of tangles (a la Reshetikhin and Turaev) uses the space of invariants for $U_q sl_2$ and R-matrices. It seems to me the same thing cane be done in terms of the ...
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Jones Polynomial as an Equivariant Index

In Khovanov homology the Jones polynomial of a given link is computed as the graded Euler characteristic of a certain complex associated with the link. From other side the Atiyah-Singer theorem ...
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What fraction of knots are ribbon knots?

Pardon the naive question. Perhaps there are several different variants of my question, but essentially I am seeking to know whether ribbon knots are vanishingly rare among all knots, or a positive ...
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Mutant pairs distinguished by [2,1]-colored HOMFLY polynomials

Morton and Cromwell showed that the famous mutant pair, Kinoshita-Terasaka and Conway knots, can be distinguished by HOMFLY polynomials colored by [2,1] Young diagram. Are there any other mutant pairs ...
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Does knot Floer homology detect knot genus in rational homology spheres?

My question is the following: Does knot Floer homology detect the genus of null-homologous knot in rational homology spheres? If the answer is yes, I would like to have a reference for the ...
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Stable, tame A-infinity isomorphism?

Linear duality provides a correspondence between differentials on free tensor algebras and A-infinity algebras. Under this correspondence, what is the A-infinity counterpart of "stable, tame ...
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Unknotting number of knot diagrams

Define the "diagram unknotting number" of a knot diagram $D$ as the minimal number of crossings that need to be changed in $D$ in order to get a diagram of the trivial knot (the usual unknotting ...
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Can infinitely many alternating knots have the same Alexander polynomial?

There exist many constructions of infinite families of knots with the same Alexander polynomial. However, alternating knots seem very special. While there are also many result on restricting the form ...
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Is more alternating always better?

While thinking about this interesting question asked by Dylan Thurston, it occured to me that in every case that I know, the closer a knot diagram is to being alternating, the better its properties. ...
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Reference for a fact (?) on homeomorphic knot complements

Does somebody have a reference (or an argument why it should be true) for the following statement? “Let $K$ and $K'$ be knots in $S^3$. If there is an orientation-preserving homeomorphism $h : S^3 ...
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Ozsvath-Szabo orientation convention for Seifert fibred spaces

I am confused by the orientation convention that Ozsvath and Szabo use in On Heegaard Floer homology and Seifert Fibered Surgeries and would appreciate if someone clarifies this for me. On page 15 ...
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Gauss Codes that produce classical knots as opposed to virtual knots

I have been doing some research in Gauss codes and have been reading Kauffman's paper Virtual Knot Theory. In section 3.3, Theorem 2, he states that If $K$ is a virtual knot whose underlying Gauss ...
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Can knot diagrams be monotonically simplified using under moves?

It is well known that knot diagrams cannot be monotonically simplified using Reidemeister moves. For instance, the Goeritz unknot cannot be directly simplified. On the other hand, there is a stronger ...
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Question about general torus knot lengths [closed]

Can anyone send me a reference about calculating the length of a thin string wound on a p,q torus with major radius R and minor radius r in terms of p, q, R and r? This may appear trivial but I have ...