Biquandle Brackets

Start: 10/07/2015 - 4:15pm
End  : 10/07/2015 - 5:15pm


Sam Nelson (Claremont Mckenna College)


Biquandles are algebraic structures with axioms inspired by knot theory. Given a finite biquandle X and a commutative ring with identity R, we define an algebraic structure known as a biquandle bracket. Biquandle brackets can be used to define a family of knot and link invariants

known as quantum enhancements which include biquandle cocycle invariants and skein polynomials such as the Alexander, Jones and HOMFLYpt polynomials as special cases. As an application we will see a new skein invariant which is not determined by the knot group, the knot quandle or the HOMFLYpt polynomial.

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