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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Min Bend Orthogonal Knots

I am seeking literature on 3D orthogonal drawings of knots, especially minimum bend drawings. An orthogonal drawing employs segments parallel to the axes of a Cartesian coordinate system. A bend is a ...
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Are there any very hard unknots?

Some years ago I took a long piece of string, tied it into a loop, and tried to twist it up into a tangle that I would find hard to untangle. No matter what I did, I could never cause the later me any ...
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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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slice knots, what does the locally flat condition say?

I am studying slice knots, so for example they say the cone on a trefoil knot can be embedded in D^4 but it is not locally flat at the vertex of the cone. What I do not understand that I think every ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a procedure for obtaining all knots in S^3?

(Just to be precise, in this question, the word "knot" means "ambient isotopy class of a (EDIT: smooth) knot in $S^3$.") A knot in $S^3$ is called prime if it is not the connected sum of two other ...
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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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Number of the Reidemeister moves needed to transform one diagram into another one

A recent question Random Reidemeister moves to unknot contains a link to the paper http://www.ams.org/journals/jams/2001-14-02/S0894-0347-01-00358-7/S0894-0347-01-00358-7.pdf, in which J. Hass and J. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Jones polynomial at specific values of $t$.

I've been calculating some Jones polynomials lately and I was just curious if there was a physical meaning to evaluating the Jones polynomial at a particular value of $t$. For example, if I take the ...
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Proving that the Jones polynomial is q-holonomic

The Jones polynomial is known to have many different interpretations or definitions, by now. There are connections with QFT, quantum groups, Hilbert schemes, Cherednik algebras, etc. My question is ...
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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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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 ...
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Does the limit in the Volume conjecture converge?

The Volume conjecture says that if $J_n(q)$ are the colored Jones polynomials of a knot $K \subset S^3$, then $$\lim_{N \to \infty} \frac{ 2 \pi}N \left\vert J_N(e^{2\pi i / N})\right\vert = vol(K)$$ ...
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Proof of the Reidemeister theorem

While preparing for my introduction to topology course, I've realized that I don't know where to find a detailed proof of the Reidemeister theorem (two link diagrams give isotopic links, iff they can ...
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Reference on representations of knot groups

Recently, I was studying the knot group and I want to learn some more material about it (e.g. its representations). "Knots" by Burde and Zieschang discusses some material but it is not entirely ...
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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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Quandle colorings under Reidemeister moves

Let $D$ be a knot diagram and $Q$ a quandle. We use $c$ to denote a fixed coloring of $D$ with $Q$. If $D'$ is another knot diagram of the same knot, and $R_1$ is a sequence of Reidemeister moves ...
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Topological description of inverting a knot

The first figure shows an offset overhand knot. To tie it, you simply bring the two cords together and make an overhand knot in them. It's more secure than it looks, and several climbers have been ...
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Understanding a program for computing Khovanov homology

I would like to understand how a computer program for computing Khovanov homology works. The particular program I have in mind is by John Baldwin: https://web.math.princeton.edu/~baldwinj/Kh.cpp The ...
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Classification of tangles?

Has anybody done any work on making a classification of low-complexity tangles, analogous to the work for knots and links? I expect most of the small ones to be rational, and those that aren't ...
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Kauffman's state model for the Alexander polynomial, via representation theory

I've been reading Oleg Viro's paper on "quantum relatives of the Alexander polynomial" (arXiv:math/0204290), which, among other more general things, derives state-sum formulas for the Alexander ...
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Parity of knot signatures

I recently came upon a recursive formula for the (ordinary) signatures of torus knots. The formula, which I found in Murasugi's book "Knot Theory and Applications" (Springer, 2007), originally ...
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Computable link invariants

I am interested in the following situation: given a braid $B$, it induces a link $L$ in a pretty straightforward way ("glue" the endpoints, like here). For a braid $B$, we know how to represent it in ...
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What do tangles teach us about braids?

A braid is a smooth level-preserving embedding $f\colon\, \{1,2,\ldots,n\}\times[0,1]\hookrightarrow \mathbb{R}^2 \times [0,1]$ such that $f(k,0)=(k,0)$ and $f(k,1) \in \{1,2,\ldots,n\} \times ...
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Is every knot unavoidable in the embeddings of some graph?

Is it the case that, for any given knot $K$, there exists some graph $G$ whose every embedding into $\mathbb{R}^3$ (or into $\mathbb{S}^3$) contains a cycle that realizes $K$? I know the ...
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Heegaard Floer Homology of double branched cover

The question is the following: Let $K\subset S^{3}$ be a knot, consider the double branched cover $Y$ of $S^{3}$ over $K$. We know $Y$ has a unique spin structure $\mathfrak{s}$, now the question is: ...
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Knot invariants in 3-manifolds that are not $\mathbb{R}^3$ or $S^3$ or $B^3$?

This is just a reference request; I have no sharp mathematical question. Inspired by the $(3+)$-year old MO question, In knot theory: Benefits of working in $S^3$ instead of $\mathbb{R}^3$?, I would ...
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How to tell if two or more knots are linked

Given a number of knots, I would like to know if they are linked. I know that the linking number can tell if two knots are linked. There is any method that completely solves this problem?