1. CJM Online first
 Abe, Tetsuya; Tagami, Keiji

Characterization of positive links and the $s$invariant for links
We characterize positive links in terms of strong quasipositivity,
homogeneity and the value of Rasmussen and BeliakovaWehrli's
$s$invariant.
We also study almost positive links,
in particular, determine the $s$invariants of
almost positive links.
This result suggests that all almost positive links might
be strongly quasipositive.
On the other hand, it implies that
almost positive links are never homogeneous links.
Keywords:knot, $s$invariant, positive link, almost positive link Categories:57M25, 57M27 

2. CJM 2015 (vol 68 pp. 3)
 Boden, Hans Ulysses; Curtis, Cynthia L

The SL$(2, C)$ Casson Invariant for Knots and the $\hat{A}$polynomial
In this paper, we extend the definition of the ${SL(2, {\mathbb C})}$ Casson
invariant
to arbitrary knots $K$ in integral homology 3spheres and relate
it to the $m$degree of the $\widehat{A}$polynomial of $K$. We
prove a product formula for the $\widehat{A}$polynomial of the connected
sum $K_1 \# K_2$ of two knots in $S^3$ and deduce additivity
of ${SL(2, {\mathbb C})}$ Casson knot invariant under connected sum for a large
class of knots in $S^3$. We also present an example of a nontrivial
knot $K$ in $S^3$ with trivial $\widehat{A}$polynomial and trivial
${SL(2, {\mathbb C})}$ Casson knot invariant, showing that neither of these invariants
detect the unknot.
Keywords:Knots, 3manifolds, character variety, Casson invariant, $A$polynomial Categories:57M27, 57M25, 57M05 

3. CJM 2014 (vol 67 pp. 152)
 Lescop, Christine

On Homotopy Invariants of Combings of Threemanifolds
Combings of compact, oriented $3$dimensional manifolds $M$ are
homotopy classes of nowhere vanishing vector fields.
The Euler class of the normal bundle is an invariant of the combing,
and it only depends on the underlying Spin$^c$structure. A combing
is called torsion
if this Euler class is a torsion element of $H^2(M;\mathbb Z)$. Gompf
introduced a $\mathbb Q$valued invariant $\theta_G$ of torsion combings
on closed $3$manifolds, and he showed that $\theta_G$ distinguishes
all torsion combings with the same Spin$^c$structure.
We give an alternative definition for $\theta_G$ and we express
its variation as a linking number. We define a similar invariant
$p_1$ of combings for manifolds bounded by $S^2$. We relate $p_1$
to the $\Theta$invariant, which is the simplest configuration
space integral invariant of rational homology $3$balls, by the
formula $\Theta=\frac14p_1 + 6 \lambda(\hat{M})$ where $\lambda$
is the CassonWalker invariant.
The article also includes a selfcontained presentation of combings
for $3$manifolds.
Keywords:Spin$^c$structure, nowhere zero vector fields, first Pontrjagin class, Euler class, Heegaard Floer homology grading, Gompf invariant, Theta invariant, CassonWalker invariant, perturbative expansion of ChernSimons theory, configuration space integrals Categories:57M27, 57R20, 57N10 

4. CJM 2013 (vol 66 pp. 453)
 Vaz, Pedro; Wagner, Emmanuel

A Remark on BMW algebra, $q$Schur Algebras and Categorification
We prove that the 2variable BMW algebra
embeds into an algebra constructed from the HOMFLYPT polynomial.
We also prove that the $\mathfrak{so}_{2N}$BMW algebra embeds in the $q$Schur algebra
of type $A$.
We use these results
to suggest a schema providing categorifications of the $\mathfrak{so}_{2N}$BMW algebra.
Keywords:tangle algebras, BMW algebra, HOMFLYPT Skein algebra, qSchur algebra, categorification Categories:57M27, 81R50, 17B37, 16W99 

5. CJM 2011 (vol 64 pp. 102)
 Ishii, Atsushi; Iwakiri, Masahide

Quandle Cocycle Invariants for Spatial Graphs and Knotted Handlebodies
We introduce a flow of a spatial graph and see how invariants for
spatial graphs and handlebodylinks are derived from those for flowed
spatial graphs.
We define a new quandle (co)homology by introducing a subcomplex of the
rack chain complex.
Then we define quandle colorings and quandle cocycle invariants for
spatial graphs and handlebodylinks.
Keywords:quandle cocycle invariant, knotted handlebody, spatial graph Categories:57M27, 57M15, 57M25 

6. CJM 2008 (vol 60 pp. 1240)
 Beliakova, Anna; Wehrli, Stephan

Categorification of the Colored Jones Polynomial and Rasmussen Invariant of Links
We define a family of formal Khovanov brackets
of a colored link depending on two parameters.
The isomorphism classes of these brackets are
invariants of framed colored links.
The BarNatan functors applied to these brackets
produce Khovanov and Lee homology theories categorifying the colored
Jones polynomial. Further,
we study conditions under which
framed colored link cobordisms induce chain transformations between
our formal brackets. We conjecture that
for special choice of parameters, Khovanov and Lee homology theories
of colored links are functorial (up to sign).
Finally, we extend the Rasmussen invariant to links and give examples
where this invariant is a stronger obstruction to sliceness
than the multivariable LevineTristram signature.
Keywords:Khovanov homology, colored Jones polynomial, slice genus, movie moves, framed cobordism Categories:57M25, 57M27, 18G60 

7. CJM 2007 (vol 59 pp. 418)
 Stoimenow, A.

On Cabled Knots and Vassiliev Invariants (Not) Contained in Knot Polynomials
It is known that the BrandtLickorishMillettHo polynomial $Q$
contains Casson's knot invariant. Whether there are (essentially)
other Vassiliev knot invariants obtainable from $Q$ is an open
problem. We show that this is not so up to degree $9$. We also
give the (apparently) first examples of knots not distinguished
by 2cable HOMFLY polynomials which are not mutants. Our calculations
provide evidence of a negative answer to the question whether Vassiliev
knot invariants of degree $d \le 10$ are determined by the HOMFLY and
Kauffman polynomials and their 2cables, and for the existence of
algebras of such Vassiliev invariants not isomorphic to the algebras
of their weight systems.
Categories:57M25, 57M27, 20F36, 57M50 

8. CJM 2003 (vol 55 pp. 766)
 Kerler, Thomas

Homology TQFT's and the AlexanderReidemeister Invariant of 3Manifolds via Hopf Algebras and Skein Theory
We develop an explicit skeintheoretical algorithm to compute the
Alexander polynomial of a 3manifold from a surgery presentation
employing the methods used in the construction of quantum invariants
of 3manifolds. As a prerequisite we establish and prove a rather
unexpected equivalence between the topological quantum field theory
constructed by Frohman and Nicas using the homology of
$U(1)$representation varieties on the one side and the
combinatorially constructed Hennings TQFT based on the quasitriangular
Hopf algebra $\mathcal{N} = \mathbb{Z}/2 \ltimes \bigwedge^*
\mathbb{R}^2$ on the other side. We find that both TQFT's are $\SL
(2,\mathbb{R})$equivariant functors and, as such, are isomorphic.
The $\SL (2,\mathbb{R})$action in the Hennings construction comes
from the natural action on $\mathcal{N}$ and in the case of the
FrohmanNicas theory from the HardLefschetz decomposition of the
$U(1)$moduli spaces given that they are naturally K\"ahler. The
irreducible components of this TQFT, corresponding to simple
representations of $\SL(2,\mathbb{Z})$ and $\Sp(2g,\mathbb{Z})$, thus
yield a large family of homological TQFT's by taking sums and products.
We give several examples of TQFT's and invariants that appear to fit
into this family, such as Milnor and Reidemeister Torsion,
SeibergWitten theories, Casson type theories for homology circles
{\it \`a la} Donaldson, higher rank gauge theories following Frohman
and Nicas, and the $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ reductions of
ReshetikhinTuraev theories over the cyclotomic integers $\mathbb{Z}
[\zeta_p]$. We also conjecture that the Hennings TQFT for
quantum$\mathfrak{sl}_2$ is the product of the ReshetikhinTuraev
TQFT and such a homological TQFT.
Categories:57R56, 14D20, 16W30, 17B37, 18D35, 57M27 
