Kauffman brackets, character varieties, and triangulations of surfaces
Abstract
A Kauffman bracket on a surface is an invariant for framed links in the thickened surface, satisfying the Kauffman skein relation and multiplicative under superposition. This includes representations of the skein algebra of the surface. We show how an irreducible representation of the skein algebra usually specifies a point of the character variety of homomorphisms from the fundamental group of the surface to PSL_2(C), as well as certain weights associated to the punctures of the surface. Conversely, we sketch a proof of the fact that each point of the character variety, endowed with appropriate puncture weights, uniquely determines a Kauffman bracket. Details will appear elsewhere.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 August 2010
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1009.0084
 Bibcode:
 2010arXiv1009.0084B
 Keywords:

 Mathematics  Geometric Topology
 EPrint:
 16 pages, 5 figures