Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
For a knot K the cube number is a knot invariant defined to be the smallest n for which there is a cube diagram of size n for K. Examples of knots for which the cube number detects chirality are presented. There is also a Legendrian version of this invariant called the Legendrian cube number. We will show that the Legendrian cube number distinguishes the Legendrian left hand torus knots with maximal Thurston-Bennequin number and maximal rotation number from the Legendrian left hand torus knots with maximal Thurston-Bennequin number and minimal rotation number. Finally, there is a generalization of cube diagrams, called hypercube diagrams. We use such diagrams, which represent immersed Lagrangian tori in R^4 to study embedded Legendrian tori in the standard contact space. We then show how to compute one of the classical invariants, the rotation class, and discuss applications to contact homology.
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McCarty, Ben, "Hypercube diagrams for knots, links, and knotted tori" (2012). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 552.