Guts of Surfaces and the Colored Jones Polynomial by David FuterGuts of Surfaces and the Colored Jones Polynomial by David Futer

Guts of Surfaces and the Colored Jones Polynomial

byDavid Futer, Efstratia Kalfagianni, Jessica Purcell

Paperback | December 18, 2012

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This monograph derives direct and concrete relations between colored Jones polynomials and the topology of incompressible spanning surfaces in knot and link complements. Under mild diagrammatic hypotheses, we prove that the growth of the degree of the colored Jones polynomials is a boundary slope of an essential surface in the knot complement. We show that certain coefficients of the polynomial measure how far this surface is from being a fiber for the knot; in particular, the surface is a fiber if and only if a particular coefficient vanishes. We also relate hyperbolic volume to colored Jones polynomials. Our method is to generalize the checkerboard decompositions of alternating knots. Under mild diagrammatic hypotheses, we show that these surfaces are essential, and obtain an ideal polyhedral decomposition of their complement. We use normal surface theory to relate the pieces of the JSJ decomposition of the complement to the combinatorics of certain surface spines (state graphs). Since state graphs have previously appeared in the study of Jones polynomials, our method bridges the gap between quantum and geometric knot invariants.
Title:Guts of Surfaces and the Colored Jones PolynomialFormat:PaperbackDimensions:170 pagesPublished:December 18, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:364233301X

ISBN - 13:9783642333019


Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 2 Decomposition into 3-balls.- 3 Ideal Polyhedra.- 4 I-bundles and essential product disks.- 5 Guts and fibers.- 6 Recognizing essential product disks.- 7 Diagrams without non-prime arcs.- 8 Montesinos links.- 9 Applications.- 10 Discussion and questions.