Khovanov homology and the Jones polynomial

09/29/2009 - 12:15pm
09/29/2009 - 1:10pm
Sam Nelson (CMC)

In 1986, Vaughan Jones discovered the Jones Polynomial, a powerful invariant of knots and links. In 1998, Mikhail Khovanov took it one step further with a categorification of the Jones polynomial we now call Khovanov homology, which determines the Jones polynomial and is a stronger invariant. In this talk we will review the Jones polynomial and see the basics of Khovanov homology.

Millikan 208 (Pomona College)