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For more information about the Seminar, or to suggest speakers, contact Sam Nelson , Helen Wong, Vin de Silva, Jim Hoste , or Dave Bachman .
Date  Speaker  Title and Abstract 
Tuesday
Sept 4, 2018 12:00 pm 
Organizational Meeting  Meet at Hagelbarger's for organizational meeting. 
Thursday
Sept 13, 2018 12:00 pm 
Sam Nelson Claremont McKenna College 
Title: Virtual Tribrackets and Niebrzydowski Algebras Abstract: Tribrackets are sets with ternary operations motivated by region colorings of Reidemeister moves. In this talk we will collect results from two recent projects, defining region coloring structures for oriented virtual knots and links and for Yoriented trivalent spatial graphs and handlebodylinks. This is joint work with undergrad students Shane Pico (Claremont McKenna College) and Paige Graves (University of La Verne) and PhD student Sherrilyn Tamagawa (University of California, Santa Barbara). 
Thursday
Sept 20, 2018 12:00 pm 
Dave Bachman Pitzer College 
Title: Visualizing lifts of the Figure eight knot fiber Abstract: I will describe a sculpture recently made with Henry Segerman to visualize lifts of the spanning surface for the figure eight knot to its universal cover, the Poincare ball. 
Thursday
Sept 27, 2018 12:00 pm 
Stephen Bigelow U.C. Santa Barbara 
Title: The TemperleyLieb algebra: words and pictures. Abstract: The TemperleyLieb algebra $TL_n(\delta)$ can be defined by generators and relations, or using a certain kind of pictures. I will describe my favorite proof that these two definitions give the same algebra, which perhaps deserves to be called "the fundamental theorem of TemperleyLieb algebras". The two approaches to these algebras partly explain their wide range of applications in physics, representations theory, knot theory, and so on. 
Thursday
Oct 4, 2018 12:00 pm 
Jim Hoste Pitzer College 
Title: A partial order on knots.
Abstract: We may define a partial order on prime knots by declaring that J is greater than or equal to K if the fundamental group of the complement of J maps onto the fundamental group of the complement of K. When restricting to 2bridge knots, one can determine if two knots are comparable or if they have an upper bound by comparing the continued fractions associated to each knot. We prove that if a 2bridge knot J is strictly greater than m distinct nontrivial knots, then the crossing number of J is at least c(m), the smallest positive odd integer having at least m proper divisors. This answers a question of M. Suzuki. This is joint work with Joshua OcanaMercado, and Patrick D. Shanahan. 
Thursday
Oct 11, 2018 12:00 pm 
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Thursday
Oct 18, 2018 12:00 pm 
Peter Samuelson U.C. Riverside 
Title: Algebras from Surfaces Abstract: In the 80's, Goldman defined a Lie algebra associated to a surface using homotopy classes of loops, and he showed that it encoded his symplectic structure on the GL_n character varieties of the surface. Later, Turaev showed that this Lie algebra is "quantized" by the Homfly skein algebra of the surface. Morton and I gave an explicit description of the skein algebra of the torus, and showed that it is isomorphic to an algebra defined in terms of vector bundles over an elliptic curve over a finite field. My goal for the talk is to explain these statements "from scratch." 
Thursday
Oct 25, 2018 12:00 pm 
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Thursday
Nov 1, 2018 12:00 pm 
Colleen Delaney U.C. Santa Barbara 
Title: Link invariants and anyon models Abstract: When the spacetime trajectories of anyons in (2+1)D topological phases of matter trace out knots or links, the probability amplitudes of these physical processes is given by a knot or link invariant. These invariants can be computed from the algebraic theory of anyons, which is given by a unitary modular tensor category (UMTC). An interesting question is when a family of UMTCs can be distinguished by the invariants they produce for a finite set of knots and links. I will report on some recent progress in this direction based on joint work with Alan Tran, Parsa Bonderson, Cesar Galindo, Eric Rowell, and Zhenghan Wang. 
Thursday
Nov 8, 2018 12:00 pm 
Biji Wong Centre interuniversitaire de recherches en géométrie et topologie, Montréal 
Title: A Floer homology invariant for 3orbifolds via bordered Floer theory Abstract: Using bordered Floer theory, we construct an invariant for 3orbifolds with singular set a knot that generalizes the hat flavor of Heegaard Floer homology. We show that for a large class of 3orbifolds the orbifold invariant behaves like HFhat in that the orbifold invariant, together with a relative Z_2grading, categorifies the order of H_1^orb. When the 3orbifold arises as Dehn surgery on an integerframed knot in S^3, we use the {1,0,1}valued knot invariant epsilon to determine the relationship between the orbifold invariant and HFhat of the 3manifold underlying the 3orbifold. 
Thursday
Nov 15, 2018 12:00 pm 
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Thursday
Nov 22, 2018 
No Meeting  Thanksgiving Break 
Thursday
Nov 29, 2018 12:00 pm 
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Thursday
Dec 6, 2018 12:00 pm 
Paul Wedrich Mathematical Sciences Institute The Australian National University 
Title: Knots and quivers, HOMFLY and DT Abstract: I will describe a surprising connection between the colored HOMFLYPT polynomials of knots and the motivic DonaldsonThomas invariants of certain symmetric quivers, which was recently conjectured by KucharskiReinekeStosicSulkowski. I will outline a proof of this correspondence for 2bridge knots and then speculate about how much of the HOMFLYPT skein theory might carry over to the realm of DT quiver invariants and what kind of geometric information about knots might be encoded in these quivers. This is joint work with Marko Stosic. 
Thursday
Dec 13, 2018 12:00 pm 
Jesse Levitt USC 
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