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### Recovering the Alexander Polynomial from Ocneanu's HOMFLYPT

Let $H_q(n)$ denote the Hecke algebra associated to the symmetric group $S(n)$: this is the $\mathbb{Z}[q^{\pm 1/2}]$ algebra generated by $T_1, \ldots, T_{n-1}$ satisfying the braid relations along ...

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### Untangling a graph

Assume you have a 4-valent graph (i.e., a knot universe, i.e. a collection
of self-intersecting curves). Your allowed moves are the equivalents
of Reidemeister 1, 2, 3, just with 4-nodes instead of ...

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381 views

### Is it possible to reliably generate a particular approximation of an ideal knot via a simulated annealing approach?

Say I take a cord, tie a loose knot in three-dimensional space, and pull tightly on the ends to generate an approximation of an ideal knot. If the cord has a fixed knot topology and a random initial ...

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### Understanding Penrose diagrammatical notation

I arrived to Penrose's paper Applications of negative dimensional Tensors after reading some bits of Baez's Prehistory (link) and the first two chapters of Turaev's Quantum invariants of knots and ...

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### Knot polynomials: Skein>Matrix>Group?

OK, the heading was a bit tersely formulated...
If you have a quantum group and an irrep, you theoretically know the
R matrix (mathematicians are a notoriously idle lot, they give the
general formula ...

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### Examples of Non-algebraic Fibered Knots?

I am currently reading a monograph by Jose Seade, " On the topology of isolated singularities in analytic spaces".
I have following questions but before asking questions I recall the definition of ...

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### How does one relate the monodromy of the KZ equations with the WRT representation of the braid group?

The KZ equations on the configuration space of $n$ distinct points in $\mathbb C$ give rise to a representation of $B_n$ on $V^{\otimes n}$, where $V$ is any given representation of $SL(2)$ (we'll ...

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### What are the statistics of prime knots in 3d Random walk?

This question on physics stackexchange http://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/12973/the-entropic-cost-of-tying-knots-in-polymers has a formulation which is perhaps more appropriate for this forum.
...

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### Torus knots in Euclidean space — a symmetry argument

Consider a $(p,q)$ torus knot $K$ in 3-dimensional Euclidean space $\mathbb R^3$ where $p,q \geq 2$ and $\operatorname{GCD}(p,q)=1$.
Let $\operatorname{Isom}(\mathbb R^3,K)$ be the isometries of ...

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### What is the complex structure on the boundary torus of a hyperbolic knot complement?

Let $K$ be a hyperbolic knot in $\mathbb S^3$. Restrict the corresponding representation $\pi_1(\mathbb S^3\setminus K)\to\operatorname{PSL}(2,\mathbb C)$ to the fundamental group of the boundary ...

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### Is the category of tangles that includes, X, Y, and Lambda a free Frobenius braided category?

Consider the category whose objects are non-negative integers that are represented as dots along a line, and whose morphisms are generated by $X$---positive crossing, $\bar{X}$ --- negative crossing, ...

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### Is the complete functorial structure for Khovanov--Lee homology known?

I'm interested in Lee's modification of Khovanov homology, which I'll denote $\operatorname{Kh}_{\operatorname{Lee}}^\ast$. Below $L$ is a link in $\mathbb R^3$.
The groups ...

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### subset embedding gives trefoil knot [closed]

Let $X$ be a topological space and $E_n(X)$ the space of finite sets of cardinality $\leq n$.
It is a theorem of Bott that $E_3(S^1)=S^3$. What is the idea to show that
the embedding ...

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### What is the three-dimensional hyperbolic volume of a four-manifold?

Every smooth closed orientable 4-manifold may be constructed via a handle decomposition. Before asking a couple of questions, I recall some well-known facts about handle-decompositions of 4-manifolds.
...

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### Knot Numerology

EDIT: Ok, I condense it to only that what is needed.
Assume it's possible to use the method described here
Matrix decomposition the other way
to decompose a $S$ matrix from knot theory. Then each ...

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### Trace identities and the Kauffman Bracket skein module

Let's consider $K_t(M)$, the Kauffman bracket skein module (see this and this papers) of a three-manifold $M$. When $t=-1$, $K_t(M)$ is easily seen to be isomorphic to the ring of functions on the ...

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### Invariants of unframed, oriented links from Reshetikhin Turaev construction

Hello!
I have a few questions on Reshetikhin Turaev invariants.
By RT any ribbon category ${\mathcal C}$ yields an invariant of oriented, framed links labelled with objects of ${\mathcal C}$.
Is ...

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### Are there any very hard unlinks?

This question is closely related to a question of Gowers: Are there any very hard unknots? .
I'm thinking about how to create interesting knots from small numbers of local moves on unlinks. The ...

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### How many definitions are there of the Jones polynomial?

Even with the connection to quantum groups being made clearer (I believe it was not known when the Jones polynomial was first introduced), it seems to me that still we don't have the "right" ...

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### A tangle matrix

The image should already say everything. But in case it is mute... :-)
List tangles with 2n legs downward as column header, and with 2n legs
upward as row header. (n=3 here.) In the crossing point ...

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### is twisted torus knot T(7,2;4,1) prime?

what kind of twisted torus knot is prime?
even more , is twisted torus knot T(7,2;4,1) prime?

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303 views

### A question about Dehn filling in the unknot.

Hello,
If you have a link of 2 components $U$ and $V$ in $S^3$. $U$ is the unknot, and you make $1/q$ dehn filling in $U$, you can visualize the resulting knot $V'$ from $V$, by twisting it $q$ ...

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**1**answer

446 views

### Now that I got a mutant-discriminating invariant…

...what can I do with the darn thing?
Background: I read that still no Vassiliev Invariant with mutant-discriminating
power is known (correct me if this is outdated). Now, my research lead to a
whole ...

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**1**answer

325 views

### Some Vassiliev Invariant Questions

The V.I. definition goes doublepoint=overpass-underpass (or was it the other
way around? If it's 50:50, I score 0 always :-). Would it lead anywhere
to define doublepoint=overpass+underpass? (Even if ...

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550 views

### Does every knot contain all four vertices of an isosceles trapezoid?

I ask this question with some trepidation, because it may be trivial and/or of entirely recreational interest.
Erika Pannwitz proved in 1933 that every non-trivial knot contains a quadrisecant (four ...

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### Positivity of braid monodromy of curve singularities

I recall the notion of braid monodromy. Let $C \subset \mathbb{C}^2$ be an algebraic curve, and choose a projection $\pi: \mathbb{C}^2 \to \mathbb{C}$ such that the restriction $\pi: C \to ...

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### Construction of Kirby-diagram for slice-complement

Let $(S^3,K)=\partial (D^4,D)$ be a slice knot. (i.e. a knot in $S^3$ bounds a disk in $D^4$.)
Are there any relation between the knot diagram of $K$ and the kirby diagram for $(D^4-D,M_K)$, where ...

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### smooth proof of reidemeister theorem

Hello!
In another post Ryan Budney has mentioned a "smooth proof" of the theorem of Reidemeister...
(@Ryan Budney:) Do You know if there is a book (or paper) containing such a proof? I am interrested ...

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### Is anything known about this braid group quotient?

Let $B_n$ be the braid group on $n$ strands. As is well known, if $\sigma_i$ is the operation of crossing the string in position $i$ over the string in position $i+1$, then the elements ...

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### “Skein” equations sets that can reduce any graph

Consider for example the approach to the Kuperberg G2 or the Yamada polynomial. I don't know whether relations of graph (in contrast to knot) theory are also usually called "skein" but
I simply carry ...

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427 views

### Which knots can appear as a space-time cut/slice of an open trefoil?

An open trefoil is a trefoil tied in an infinitely long line. An open trefoil that is at rest in (flat) space is a surface in space-time. Now, other observers in space-time have other time ...

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### Can a closed trefoil appear as a space-time “cut” of an open trefoil?

An open trefoil is a trefoil tied in an infinitely long line. An open trefoil that is at rest in (flat) space, in space-time is a knotted hypersurface.
Different observers in space-time have ...

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### How many lanes has a freeway? (Crossing free Kuperberg G2, that is.) EDITED

For referencing, I keep the original title and post and ask
only about the simplest case (and forget the freeway with crossings
for now).
Consider a trivalent graph, e.g. the dodecahedron or cube ...

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384 views

### What is the shape of a tight open trefoil?

Take an infinitely long rope of diameter 1, ideally flexible and ideally slippery. Tie a trefoil knot into it and pull it tight. Describe the resulting rope shape analytically.
The problem is ...

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### In knot theory: Benefits of working in $S^3$ instead of $\mathbb{R}^3$?

In several textbooks on knot theory (e.g. Lickorish's, Rolfsen's) knots are considered in $\mathbb{R}^3$ or $S^3$. The reason for working in $S^3$ is sometimes given at the beginning of a text as that ...

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**0**answers

305 views

### A knot theory form of the carpenter's ruler question

Hey,
The carpenter's ruler problem is about polygons you can make with planar joints. You can formulate a similar question for knots when you introduce ball joints:
Given m ball joints connected by ...

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### Simple terminology question about the Dubrovnik (Kauffman) polynomial

In my S matrix classification attempts I encounter a lot of
Dubrovnik polynomials of the form D(z-1/z,z^n) and D(-z+1/z,z^n).
[Second variable is for writhe, n is an integer; for the first I don't
...

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**1**answer

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### Handle slides homeomorphism

For handle decomposition of surface, suppose I have a twisted 1-handle(twisted only once) adjacent to an isolated pair of linked handles, is the handle slide operation enough to move the previous one ...

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### On Birman-Wenzlyfying the B2 spider

Prelude: First of all, let "S matrix" denote "an abstract 4D tensor satisfying
the usual isotypy rules (with no arrows!)". I'm busy trying to classify all possible
S matrices (paper pending) - it's ...

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**1**answer

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### Link of singularities

For an isolated plane curve singularity, given by homogeneous equation $F=0 \subset \mathbb{C}^2$, one consider the curve $(F=0) \cap S^3 \subset S^3$, and we call it the link of singularity. some ...

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### Braid*Temperley-Lieb=?

I would be very astonished if this algebra isn't named.
You simply have the braid AND the Temperley-Lieb generator in
the algebra. Rules are the usual Reidemeister equivalents
plus the kink and ...

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### Is there a table of (fibred knot) monodromies?

Background/motivation
I'm working on contact topology (in dimension three): a fundamental theorem of Giroux gives us a bijection between contact structures (up to isotopy) and open books (up to ...

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**1**answer

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### Is the HOMFLY Polynomial the best knot invariant? [closed]

Is the HOMFLY Polynomial the best polynomial invariant that can be calculation from skein relation?

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**0**answers

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### Properties of the Jones polynomial

Let $V(L)$ be the Jones polynomial of the oriented
link $L$. For $\alpha \in B_n$, we write $V(\alpha)$ for
$V(\hat{\alpha})$, where $\hat{\alpha}$ is the closed braid
associated to $\alpha$. The ...

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**0**answers

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### “Lorentz-invariant” Morse theory possible?

Hi,
I hope filing this under "Morse theory" is correct.
For the "abstract tensor" approach to knot theory you need:
a) a 4D tensor to emulate particle interaction,
b) a 2D tensor to emulate pair ...

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### Do the results of (1/n)-surgery determine the link?…

Knowing the result of knot surgery is often not enough to determine the knot. Indeed, there are 3-manifolds admitting an infinite number of descriptions as surgery on a (1-component) knot in $S^3$. ...

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### Algorithm for detecting ribbon or slice links?

A link in $S^3$ is said to be slice if it bounds a collection of flat disks into the $4$-ball. Here "flat," means that there is a (locally) trivial normal bundle. This condition can be strengthened to ...

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### Whitehead doubles of any knots

I was curious about the fact that the Whitehead doubles of all knots have Alexander polynomial equal to 1, which is the same as a unknot. How to prove this?

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### Random knot on six vertices

This question is inspired by Joseph O'Rourke's beautiful question on random knots. Choose an random ordered 6-tuple of points on the unit sphere in $\mathbf{R}^3$, and form a knot by connecting ...

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### Is every virtual knot group an HNN extension?

A basic fact in knot theory is that a knot group $\pi(K)$ is an HNN extension of $\pi(F)$, the fundamental group of a Seifert surface complement. A nice discussion of this may be found in Chapter 11 ...