Difference between revisions of "The Kontsevich Integral for Knotted Trivalent Graphs"
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+  We define the "naive Kontsevich integral" <math>Z_1</math> of a knotted trivalent graph or a slice thereof as in the "standard" picture above, except generalized to graphs in the obvious manner.  
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−  After choosing a scale <math>\mu</math> and using ideas from renormalization theory as practiced by quantum field theorists, we define the "renormalized Kontsevich integral" <math>Z_2</math> of a knotted trivalent graph or a slice thereof.  +  [[Image:071352 Renormalizing the Kontsevich Integral.png400pxcenter]] 
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+  After choosing a scale <math>\mu</math> and using ideas from renormalization theory as practiced by quantum field theorists, we define the "renormalized Kontsevich integral" <math>Z_2</math> of a knotted trivalent graph or a slice thereof as summarized by the picture above.  
===The Good===  ===The Good=== 
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Contents 
Abstract
We construct a (very) wellbehaved invariant of knotted trivalent graphs using only the Kontsevich integral, in three steps.
Step 1  The Naive Kontsevich Integral
We define the "naive Kontsevich integral" of a knotted trivalent graph or a slice thereof as in the "standard" picture above, except generalized to graphs in the obvious manner.
The Good
 It has a factorization property.
 For the "braidlike" factors, it has invariance under horizontal deformations.
 It is morally a universal finite type invariant.
The Bad
 It is divergent.
Step 2  The Renormalized Kontsevich Integral
After choosing a scale and using ideas from renormalization theory as practiced by quantum field theorists, we define the "renormalized Kontsevich integral" of a knotted trivalent graph or a slice thereof as summarized by the picture above.
The Good
 It retains all the good properties of the naive Kontsevich integral.
 It is convergent.
 It is invariant under rigid motions of critical points and trivalent vertices.
 It has sensible behaviour under vertical connect sum, delete and unzip operations.
 It has a sensible behaviour under the changing of the scale .
The Bad
 It is not invariant under nonrigid motions of vertices and critical points.
Step 3  The Corrected Kontsevich Integral
By correcting caps and cups with factors and , and the two types of trivalent vertices with factors and , we define the "corrected Kontsevich integral" of a knotted trivalent graph or a slice thereof. It has all the good properties we can wish for.
Aside  The Relationship with Drinfel'd's KZ Associator
The Drinfel'd KZ associator is reproduced already by .