Topology Seminar: Zhenghan Wang (UCSB, Station Q), 'Knot fundamental groups and HOMFLY polynomials'

Event Date: 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm

Event Location: 

  • 4607B South Hall

Event Contact: 

Daryl Cooper

Email: cooper@math.ucsb.edu

It has been an open question whether or not we can place quantum invariants of knots such as the Jones polynomial within classical topology. A possible fascinating connection between the knot fundamental group and the HOMFLY polynomial has been conjectured through the topological string theory. I will try to explain this connection and have no new results to report.