Title

The Jones polynomial and graphs on surfaces

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2008

Abstract

The Jones polynomial of an alternating link is a certain specialization of the Tutte polynomial of the (planar) checkerboard graph associated to an alternating projection of the link. The Bollobás-Riordan-Tutte polynomial generalizes the Tutte polynomial of graphs to graphs that are embedded in closed oriented surfaces of higher genus. In this paper we show that the Jones polynomial of any link can be obtained from the Bollobás-Riordan-Tutte polynomial of a certain oriented ribbon graph associated to a link projection. We give some applications of this approach. © 2007.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Journal of Combinatorial Theory. Series B

First Page

384

Last Page

399

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