Braided groups

Geometry Topology Seminar
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 2:05pm
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
University of Leiden
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.