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### Surgery along an arc connecting the components of a $2$-component link gives the unknot

Math Overflow seems to have a dearth of low dimensional topology, but this seems like an interesting question. Let $L$ be a $2$-component link in $S^3$. Suppose that there is a framed arc joining the ...

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### Essential surfaces in the Exterior of Montesinos knots

Hatcher and Oertel computed the boundary slopes of essential surfaces of Montesinos knots in this paper. But they do not consider surfaces that do not intersect the boundary of the exterior. An ...

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### Metrics on the 3-sphere with knotted geodesics

According to answers to this question every metrics on $S^3$ admits a simple closed geodesic. Given a knot (or link) $K$, it's also quite simple to build a metric on $S^3$ such that $K$ is a geodesic ...

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### Are Fourier series of length 2 'asymmetric enough' to generate all crossing patterns? - A reformulation of the Fourier-(1,1,2) knot question

Given $N$ pairs of distinct real numbers $t_i, t'_i \in [0,1]$, $i = 1,\ldots,N$, we ask if there is a function $f(x) = \cos(2\pi mx+\alpha) + \gamma\cdot \cos(2\pi nx+\beta)$, with $m, n \in ...

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### What is the easiest way to compute Ozsváth-Szabó tau invariant of a knot?

Suppose that we have a knot $K$ with 40 crossings which is not a cable knot or an alternating knot.
Then, what is the easiest way to compute Ozsváth-Szabó's invariant $\tau(K)$?
Are there any ...

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### Distiguishing mutant knots

Can an invariant from a quantum Lie algebra ever distinguish mutant knots?
(Maybe if it is "chiral"...whatever that means :-)
(Note that Kauffman abstract tensors/skein equations CAN distinguish ...

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### Framed singular knots

I've recently run across what one might (and I suspect people probably do) call framed singular knots, or maybe singular ribbon knots. Regardless of the name, what I mean is the following: Let $D$ be ...

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### Union of knots and its Alexander polynomial

In 1957 Kinoshita and Terasaka in their article "On unions of knots" generalized the operation of connected sum; it's called $union$.
I have several questions :
1.) If the Alexander polynomial of a ...

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### Codimension one embeddings

For smooth knots in $S^3$ "isotopy" and "ambient isotopy" are equivalent (although this is not true in the topological category). I guess that therefore also for tori in $S^3$ "isotopy" and "ambient ...

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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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### Introductory article of knot Heegaard Floer Homology

I am looking for some article that gives an introduction to Heegaard Floer homology of knot.
I heard that it is very useful to determine the unknotting number of a knot, but I couldn't find any ...

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### How to show whether a given knot and its mirror image are the same or not?

The title says it all:
How can I show that a knot $K$ is distinct from its mirror image?
May be I have to try different knot invariants. Not sure, I am new in this area.

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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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### How many traces are there on Temperley-Lieb, Fuss-Catalan, Iwahori-Hecke, Birman-Wenzl-Murakami-Kauffman, … algebras?

There is a theorem (I believe by Ocneanu) that the Markov trace on the tower of Temperley-Lieb algebras is (essentially) unique.
What about just traces on separate algebras? That is, take one of ...

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### Equivalence (or not) of two Artin/Fox wild arcs

The repeating patterns in the wikipedia articles on wild arcs and wild knots seem to me to be not continuously deformable to each other. Is this true? For clarity, here is my diagram of the repeating ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### probabilistic knot theory

Take a smooth closed curve in the plane. At each self-intersection, randomly choose one of the two pieces and lift it up just out of the plane. (Perturb the curve so there are no triple ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### The De Rham Cohomology of $\mathbb{R}^n - \mathbb{S}^k$

I'm reading Madsen and Tornehave's "From Calculus to Cohomology" and tried to solve this interesting problem regarding knots.
Let $\Sigma\subset \mathbb{R}^n$ be homeomorphic to $\mathbb{S}^k$, show ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### A $k$-component link defines a map $T^{k}\rightarrow \mathrm{Conf}_{k} S^{3}$. Does the homotopy type capture Milnor's invariants?

A $k$-component link defines a map $T^{k}\rightarrow \mathrm{Conf}_{k} S^{3}$. Does the homotopy type of this map capture the Milnor invariants?
Some special cases:
$k=2$, no, it's null ...

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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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### $6j$-symbols for $U_q({\mathfrak{sl}}_n)$ and colored HOMFLY polynomials

Explicit expression of quantum $6j$-symbolos for $U_q({\mathfrak{sl}_2})$ have been known due to the work of Kirillov and Reshitikhin.
My Question:
How much are known about quantum $6j$-symbolos ...

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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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### 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 ...