Braided groups

Series: 
Geometry Topology Seminar
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 14:05
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Location: 
Skiles 006
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University of Leiden
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I will give an elementary introduction to Majid's theory of braided groups and how this may lead to a more geometric, less quantum, interpretation of knot invariants such as the Jones polynomial. The basic idea is set up a geometry where the coordinate functions commute according to a chosen representation of the braid group. The corresponding knot invariants now come out naturally if one attempts to impose such geometry on the knot complement.