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Knots and links from the Thompson groups

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  • UserVaughan Jones (Vanderbilt University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Auckland)
  • ClockWednesday 14 June 2017, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseSeminar Room 1, Newton Institute.

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NPC - Non-positive curvature group actions and cohomology

We will begin with a general procedure for constructing actions ofgroups of fractions of certain categories and give a few examples of this procedure.We then realise the Thompson groups F, T and V as groups of fractions of categories of forestsand obtain many actions of these groups on many spaces. By representing the category of forests on Conway tangles one obtains constructions of knots and links from F and T and we can show that any link can be obtained in this way. Applying a TQFT gives unitary representations on Hilbert spacewhose coefficients are the TQFT link invariants.

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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