DoubleTree.pdf: last updated Sun, 04 Dec 2022 06:41:01 -0500.
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Abstract. In this paper we utilize a certain "double tree construction" to show that every "expansion", namely "universal finite type invariant (UFTI)" of parenthesized braids extends uniquely first to an expansion/UFTI of knotted trivalent graphs (a well known result), and then on to an expansion/UFTI of w-knotted objects, namely to knottings of "2-dimensional foams" and various associated objects in four-dimensioanl space.
In algebraic language, an expansion for parenthesized braids is the same as a "Drinfel'd associator" Φ, and an expansion for w-knotted objects is the same as a solution V of the Kashiwara-Vergne problem [KV] as reformulated by Alekseev and Torossian [AT]. Hence our result amounts to a topological re-interpretation of the result of Alkeseev-Enriquez-Torossian [AET] that "there is a formula for V in terms of Φ", along with an independent topological proof that the said formula indeed works - that the equations satisfied by V follow from the equations satisfied by Φ.
The paper. DoubleTree.pdf, DoubleTree.zip. Zsuzsi's version.