||Notes and Links
||About This Class (PDF). |
Monday: Course introduction, knots and Reidemeister moves, knot colourings.
Tricolourability without Diagrams
Wednesday: The Gauss linking number combinatorially and as an integral.
Friday: The Schroedinger equation and path integrals.
Friday Introduction (the quantum pendulum)
||Homework Assignment 1. |
Monday: The Kauffman bracket and the Jones polynomial.
Wednesday: Self-linking using swaddling.
Friday: Euler-Lagrange problems, Gaussian integration, volumes of spheres.
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Monday: The definition of finite-type and some examples.
Wednesday: The self-linking number and framings.
Friday: Integrating a polynomial times a Gaussian.
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Monday: Chord diagrams and weight systems.
Wednesday: Swaddling maps and framings, general configuration space integrals.
Friday: Some analysis of .
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Monday: 4T, the Fundamental Theorem and universal finite type invariants.
The Fulton-MacPherson Compactification (PDF).
Wednesday: The Fulton-MacPherson Compactification, Part I.
Friday: More on pushforwards, , and .
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Monday: The bracket-rise theorem and the invariance principle.
Wednesday: The Fulton-MacPherson Compactification, Part II.
Friday: Gauge fixing, the beginning of Feynman diagrams.
|| Monday: A review of Lie algebras. |
Wednesday: Graph cohomology and .
Friday: More on Feynman diagrams, beginning of gauge theory.
From Gaussian Integration to Feynman Diagrams (PDF).
||Homework Assignment 6 (PDF) |
Monday: Lie algebraic weight systems.
Wednesday: Graph cohomology and the construction of .
Graph Cohomology and Configuration Space Integrals (PDF)
Friday: Gauge invariance, Chern-Simons, holonomies.
Mar 9 is the last day to drop this class.
||Homework Assignment 7 (PDF) |
Monday: The weight system.
Wednesday: The universal property, hidden faces.
Friday: Insolubility of the quintic, naive expectations for CS perturbation theory.
||Homework Assignment 8 (PDF) |
Monday: and PBW.
Wednesday: The anomaly.
Friday: Faddeev-Popov, part I.
Gaussian Integration, Determinants, Feynman Diagrams (PDF).
||Homework Assignment 9 (PDF) |
Monday: is a bi-algebra.
Wednesday: Understanding and fixing the anomaly.
Friday: class cancelled.
||Monday, Wednesday: class cancelled. |
Friday: A Monday class: back to expansions.
|| Monday: A Friday class on what we mostly didn't have time to do.
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This assignment is due in class on Monday January 20. Here and everywhere, neatness counts!! You may be brilliant and you may mean just the right things, but if the your readers will be having hard time deciphering your work they will give up and assume it is wrong.
This assignment was written on the HW session of Friday January 10. See BBS/AKT14-140110-191441.jpg, BBS/AKT14-140110-192041.jpg, and BBS/AKT14-140110-192042.jpg.
A. Prove that the set of all 3-colourings of a knot diagram is a vector space over . Hence is always a power of 3.
B. Prove that is computable in polynomial time in the number of crossings of .
Question 2. Using combinatorics alone prove that given a 2-component link diagram , with components and ,
Question 3. Use the techniques from Friday January 10, along with that Friday's handout (the quantum pendulum), to write , with , in explicit terms, for . Note that interpolates between the identity and the Fourier transform.