University of Sydney Algebra Seminar

Vera Vertesi (University of Strasbourg)

Friday 15 June, 12-1pm, Place: Carslaw 375

Combinatorial Tangle Floer homology

Knot Floer homology is an invariant for knots and links defined by Ozsvath and Szabo and independently by Rasmussen. It has proven to be a powerful invariant e.g. in computing the genus of a knot, or determining whether a knot is fibered. In this talk I give a combinatorial generalisation of knot Floer homology for tangles; Tangle Floer homology is an invariant of tangles in \(D^3\), \(S^2\times I\) or in \(S^3\). Tangle Floer homology satisfies a gluing theorem and its version in \(S^3\) gives back a stabilisation of knot Floer homology. Finally, I will discuss how to see tangle Floer homology as a categorification of the Reshetikhin-Turaev invariant for \(\mathfrak{gl}(1|1)\). This is a joint work with Ina Petkova and Alexander Ellis.