© 2001

Gauss Diagram Invariants for Knots and Links


Part of the Mathematics and Its Applications book series (MAIA, volume 532)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N3-XVI
  2. Thomas Fiedler
    Pages 1-61
  3. Thomas Fiedler
    Pages 63-278
  4. Thomas Fiedler
    Pages 279-302
  5. Thomas Fiedler
    Pages 303-395
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 405-412

About this book


Gauss diagram invariants are isotopy invariants of oriented knots in- manifolds which are the product of a (not necessarily orientable) surface with an oriented line. The invariants are defined in a combinatorial way using knot diagrams, and they take values in free abelian groups generated by the first homology group of the surface or by the set of free homotopy classes of loops in the surface. There are three main results: 1. The construction of invariants of finite type for arbitrary knots in non­ orientable 3-manifolds. These invariants can distinguish homotopic knots with homeomorphic complements. 2. Specific invariants of degree 3 for knots in the solid torus. These invariants cannot be generalized for knots in handlebodies of higher genus, in contrast to invariants coming from the theory of skein modules. 2 3. We introduce a special class of knots called global knots, in F x lR and we construct new isotopy invariants, called T-invariants, for global knots. Some T-invariants (but not all !) are of finite type but they cannot be extracted from the generalized Kontsevich integral, which is consequently not the universal invariant of finite type for the restricted class of global knots. We prove that T-invariants separate all global knots of a certain type. 3 As a corollary we prove that certain links in 5 are not invertible without making any use of the link group! Introduction and announcement This work is an introduction into the world of Gauss diagram invariants.


DEX Finite Invariant Knot theory Natural design diagrams integral modular curve quantum invariant topology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gauss Diagram Invariants for Knots and Links
  • Authors T. Fiedler
  • Series Title Mathematics and Its Applications
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-7112-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-5748-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-9785-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 412
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Geometry
    Manifolds and Cell Complexes (incl. Diff.Topology)
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