Joint UGA-GT Topology Seminar at UGA: The dihedral genus of a knot

Geometry Topology Seminar
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 4:00pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Patricia Cahn – Smith College
Caitlin Leverson

We consider dihedral branched covers of $S^4$, branched along an embedded surface with one non-locally flat point, modelled on the cone on a knot $K\subset S^3$. Kjuchukova proved that the signature of this cover is an invariant $\Xi_p(K)$ of the $p$-colorable knot $K$. We prove that the values of $\Xi_p(K)$ fall in a bounded range for homotopy-ribbon knots. We also construct a family of (non-slice) knots for which the values of $\Xi_p$ are unbounded. More generally, we introduce the notion of the dihedral 4-genus of a knot, and derive a lower bound on the dihedral 4-genus of $K$ in terms of $\Xi_p(K)$. This work is joint with A. Kjuchukova.