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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The knot group of a prime knot

The fundamental group of a knot $K$ (otherwise known as the knot group) is the fundamental group of the knot complement $S^{3} \backslash K $ in $S^{3} $. In "Virtual Knots: The State of the Art" ...
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What are the homotopy classes of two-component links in $\mathbb{RP}^3$?

This question comes from an unanswered question on Math Stack Exchange. A two-component link in $\mathbb{RP}^3$ is any embedding $S^1\uplus S^1\to \mathbb{RP}^3$. Two such links are homotopic if ...
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Reference for a theorem on crossing changes of links

I've recently stumbled upon a paper of Scharlemann on crossing changes: link text In particular I am interested in understanding Theorem 2.2 (page 6): "Theorem: If links A and B are related by a ...
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Semidirect product decomposition of the Borromean rings group

Let $X=S^3\setminus B$ be the link complement of the Borromean rings. Then $G=\pi_1(X)$ has a presentation of the form $$ G = \langle \; a,b,c \mid [a,[b^{-1},c]],\; [b,[c^{-1},a]], \; ...
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{0,1} Maslov potentials on Legendrian knots

A Legendrian knot is a curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$ on which $dz - ydx$ vanishes identically. Its projection to the $x,z$ plane is called a front diagram; as we can recover $y = dz/dx$ this determines the ...
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Is every quasipositive knot strongly quasipositive?

A link is called quasipositive if it has a special braid diagram, namely a product of conjugates of the positive standard generators of the braid group. If this product only contains words of the form ...
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Measures of entangledness of an open curve

Let $\gamma$ be a simple (non-self-intersecting) open curve in $\mathbb{R}^3$. I am seeking a measure of its degree of "entangledness," some measure that accords with the intuition one senses with a ...
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Why do knot cobordisms result in functoriality with respect to knot homologies so often?

Why do knot cobordisms result in functoriality with respect to knot homologies so often?
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Are small knots generic?

A knot in S^3 is small if its complement does not contain a closed incompressible surface. Is it a generic property for knots, meaning that among all knots with less than $n$ crossings, the proportion ...
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Can distinct open knots correspond to the same closed knot?

A topological ("closed") knot is an embedding of a circle in $\mathbb{R}^3$. It's possible for a knot to be distinct from the unknot because there are no free ends to move around and untie the knot. ...
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When do two positive braids represent the same link?

Let $B_n$ be the braid group on $n$ strands, with the usual generators: $s_1, \ldots, s_{n-1}$ and their inverses, where $s_i$ is a positive half-twist interchanging the strands labelled $i$ and ...
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Questions about knot (link) of surface in four dimension

Consider three 2-torus ($S^1*S^1$) living in four space. Can I have links of these objects, which is generalization of links of circles in 3D? If so, how can I judge whether three 2-torus are linked ...
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How to compute the Alexander polynomial of general torus knot

Hello, i am very interested in knot theory, especially in knot groups and knot polynomials. Therefore i am reading the book of Crowell and Fox (Introduction to knot theory). I want to compute some ...
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How to visulize surface link in four dimension?

I am now facing a problem with "surface link" in four dimension. I have heard that three 2-torus can be linked in four dimension. And I have created a movie by cutting four dimensional space with ...
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Links which HOMFLY homology distinguish but the HOMFLY polynomial does not.

Does anyone know of a pair of different links which the HOMFLY polynomial does not distinguish, but HOMFLY homology does? Or does there exist such a pair of links? I'm assuming there does exist ...
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Satellite knot example

Can someone provide me with an example of a satellite knot with symmetry group which is neither cyclic nor dihedral?
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Random rings linked into one component?

Let $S$ be a sphere of unit radius. Let $C_n$ be a collection of unit-radius circles/rings whose centers are (uniformly distributed) random points in $S$, and which are oriented (tilted) randomly ...
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Visualize Fourth Homotopy Group of $S^2$

I know $\pi_4(S^2)$ is $\mathbb{Z}_2$. However, I don't know how to visualize it. For example, it is well known that $\pi_3(S^2)=\mathbb{Z}$ can be understood by Hopf Fibration. Elements in ...
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Fibered knot with periodic homological monodromy

It is well-known that there exist pseudo-Anosov automorphisms of surfaces that act trivially on the homology: they form the Torelli group. Similarly there exists pseudo-Anosov automorphisms that act ...
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Oriented Reidemeister move R2d by splices and loop adding/erasing?

Consider the move R2d which applies to tangle diagrams, described in the Figure 1. Question: is it possible to achieve the move R2d by a sequence of splices and loop adding or erasing, i.e. is ...
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Is the connected sum of knots an isometry?

Take $X$ as the set of knots in the 3-sphere (i.e. smooth embeddings of $S^1$ in $S^3$ up to smooth isotopy), endowed with the Gordian distance $d$. For a fixed knot $K$ we can define the map ...
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Dehn presentation of a knot group

The knot group is the fundamental group of the knot complement in $S^{3} $. The Dehn presentation of the knot group is a particular group presentation obtained by looking at the regions and crossings ...
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Diagrammatic proof of unique prime decomposition of knots

Consider a knot to be a diagram in a plane--- i.e. a drawing of a finite connected planar graph (loops and multiple edges allowed) whose vertices are 4-valent with cyclic ordering for the incident ...
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Locally flat non-smooth discs

There are many knots (e.g. the $P(-3,5,7)$-pretzel knot) that are topologically, but not smoothly slice; "topologically" slice means that there is a locally flat embedding of a disc into the 4-space, ...
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Genus one fibered links

It is well-known that the only genus one fibered knots are the trefoil and the figure-eight. On the other hand, there exist infinitely many fibered links for any fixed higher genus. My question is ...
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Categorification of WRT invariants of integral homology spheres

First, I would like to know how many definitions are there for categorification of WRT invariants. In addition, I wonder if the categorified version of WRT invariants have been explicitly computed for ...
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Can all knot polynomials derived from Skein relations be categorified?

Can all knot polynomials derived from Skein relations be categorified?
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Seifert genus of the lift of a knot in its cyclic branched covers.

I was wondering if there are any known examples of knots $K$ in $S^3$ with Seifert genus $g$ so that the lift of $K$ sitting inside its $n$-fold cyclic branched cover bounds an embedded surface of ...
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Are isolated knots in tangles the same as ordinary knots?

Suppose you have an arc in a ball with ends fixed on a boundary. In other words, we have an isolated knot on one of the arcs of a tangle. If we glue the ends we get an ordinary knot and clearly ...
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Khovanov-Rozansky homology and spectral sequences

In arXiv:math/0607544 (following conjectures in arXiv:math/0505662), Rasmussen constructs a family of spectral sequences (the "d_N differentials"), starting at the HOMFLY homology of a knot, and ...
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One question about the quandle

Given a finite quandle $Q$, for any knot $K$ one can associate an invariant, i.e. the number of proper colorings $p(K)$. Let us consider the inverse $K^{-1}$ and mirror image $K'$ of $K$. My queston ...
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Existence of different knots in $RP^3$ having the equivalent liftings in $S^3$

I'm looking for the answer to following question. Do exist different knots in $RP^3$ which have equivalent liftings in $S^3$ under covering $p:S^3\rightarrow RP^3$?
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Differences between various categories of surface embeddings in 4-space

This is a very naive question, but I'm trying to understand the difference between the various categories when it comes to embedding surfaces in 4-dimensional manifolds. The situation I'd really like ...
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Some questions about ideal knots

The ropelength of a knot curve $C$ is defined as the ratio $L(C) = \lambda(C)/ \tau(C)$, where $\lambda(C)$ is the length of $C$ and $\tau(C)$ is the thickness of the knot defined by $C$ [from ...
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Vassilliev invariants of knots and their cables

The following is perhaps a standard question, but i could not find a plain enough answer by simply searching online. Q: Given a knot $K$ and its $(p,q)$-cable $K_{p,q}$ what is a relation between ...
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integer surgeries on knots

I have constructed a list of surgery coefficients which yield spherical space forms. For instance, there are two knots with different Alexander polynomials on which 29-surgery will give a small ...
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Is a knotted trivalent graph determined by its set of unzips?

A knotted trivalent graph (KTG) is a framed embedding of a trivalent graph in $\mathbb{R}^3$, modulo ambient isotopy. I believe they were first considered (in the quantum topological context, at ...
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Original proof of the existence of Seifert surfaces

I read on Wikipedia that Frankl and Prontrjagin were the first to prove that a link $\mathbb{R}^3$ bounds a surface. A few years later Seifert published a proof using the "Seifert algorithm" which ...
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Can the n-string sphere braid group embed in to the (n+1)-string sphere braid group?

This question was originally posted on math.SE by myself nearly a year ago. I've been thinking again about the problem after it recently received a little attention, but little progress was made in ...
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Hyperbolic Brunnian links and rectangular cusp shapes

My question is as follows. Does every hyperbolic Brunnian link have rectangular cusp shapes on all its components? Here is what I mean: The Borromean rings form a famous link $B$ (a smooth ...
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Reference for a proof of the Dehn presentation

I would like a reference for a proof that the Dehn presentation is a presentation of the fundamental group of the knot complement in $\mathbb{S}^{3} $.
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Can we get the HOMFLY polynomial for a torus knot from the Kauffman Polynomial?

This is essentially a yes/no/reference request question. I posted it on math.se and left it there for 5 days before posting here. Let me first just ask my question: Is there a known relationship ...
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A question on (1,1) bridge Knot

Hi, everyone. I am interested in the complement of (1,1) bridge knot in a lens space, $S^{3}$. Is there one (1,1) bridge knot in $S^{3}$ or lens space such that its complement is hyperbolic? ...
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Equivalent to Oriented knot complement conjecture

I would like to see why the following two statements in Kirby's list of problem are equivalent: Statement 1: If $K_1$ and $K_2$ are knots in a closed oriented 3-manifold $M$ whose complements are ...
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A Degree of an Arbitrary Polynomial Knot

Here a degree of a polynomial knot is a minimal degree which can define a long knot. I would like to find out how this degree can be bounded below, according to the number of crossing points, for ...
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Links with same Jones polynomial

Is there anything known about when two links have the same Jones polynomial (beyond a calculated list of small actual examples)? The first thing I would try is to compute the (formal - you would have ...
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How many 3-flip Mobius strip knots are there?

Take a clock-wise 3-flip mobius strip, Cut it down the middle and then let the ribbon cross itself 6 times. This forms a framed knot of which there are many. Get the knot diagram. I've found ...
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Things you can do with the self-writhe

I hope "self-writhe" is the established word. (0 for link-crossing, otherwise identical to writhe +1 or -1) I bet the following is known: Take some crossing of a link with self-writhe $w_a$. Flip it ...
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Unknotting number and crossing number

It is well known that if $c(K)=2n+1$, then $u(K)$ is less than $n+1$. It can not be sharper because of the trefoil knot. On the other hand, if $c(K)=2n$, then similarly we have $u(K)$ is less than ...
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What is knot contact homology?

Recently, it was conjectured by the paper of Aganagic and Vafa that the $Q$-deformed $A$-polynomials can be identified with the augmentation polynomials of the knot contact homology. The $Q$-deformed ...