1. CMB 1999 (vol 42 pp. 190)
||Topological Quantum Field Theory and Strong Shift Equivalence |
Given a TQFT in dimension $d+1,$ and an infinite cyclic covering of
a closed $(d+1)$-dimensional manifold $M$, we define an invariant
taking values in a strong shift equivalence class of matrices. The
notion of strong shift equivalence originated in R.~Williams' work
in symbolic dynamics. The Turaev-Viro module associated to a TQFT
and an infinite cyclic covering is then given by the Jordan form of
this matrix away from zero. This invariant is also defined if the
boundary of $M$ has an $S^1$ factor and the infinite cyclic cover
of the boundary is standard. We define a variant of a TQFT
associated to a finite group $G$ which has been studied by Quinn.
In this way, we recover a link invariant due to D.~Silver and
S.~Williams. We also obtain a variation on the Silver-Williams
invariant, by using the TQFT associated to $G$ in its unmodified form.
Keywords:knot, link, TQFT, symbolic dynamics, shift equivalence
Categories:57R99, 57M99, 54H20
2. CMB 1998 (vol 41 pp. 140)
||Skein homology |
A new class of homology groups associated to a 3-manifold is defined.
The theories measure the syzygies between skein relations in a skein
module. We investigate some of the properties of the homology theory
associated to the Kauffman bracket.