School Seminars and Colloquia

Introduction to the A polynomial

Volume Conjecture Seminar

by Callum Sleigh

Institution: The University of Melbourne
Date: Mon 24th October 2011
Time: 3:15 PM
Location: Room 107 - Richard Berry building

Abstract: The A polynomial is a knot invariant (not to be confused with the Alexander polynomial) that plays a crucial role in some versions of the volume conjecture. I will give a self contained introduction to the A polynomial and show how to calculate it for two-bridge knots. I will give an explicit calculation for our favourite example: the figure eight knot.