Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Character varieties of double twist links

Kathleen L Petersen and Anh T Tran

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We compute both natural and smooth models for the SL2() character varieties of the two-component double twist links, an infinite family of two-bridge links indexed as J(k,l). For each J(k,l), the component(s) of the character variety containing characters of irreducible representations are birational to a surface of the form C × , where C is a curve. The same is true of the canonical component. We compute the genus of this curve, and the degree of irrationality of the canonical component. We realize the natural model of the canonical component of the SL2() character variety of the J(3,2m + 1) link as the surface obtained from 1 × 1 as a series of blow-ups.

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Algebr. Geom. Topol., Volume 15, Number 6 (2015), 3569-3598.

Received: 13 November 2014
Revised: 16 April 2015
Accepted: 26 April 2015
First available in Project Euclid: 16 November 2017

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Primary: 57M25: Knots and links in $S^3$ {For higher dimensions, see 57Q45}
Secondary: 57N10: Topology of general 3-manifolds [See also 57Mxx] 14J26: Rational and ruled surfaces

character variety canonical component double twist link


Petersen, Kathleen L; Tran, Anh T. Character varieties of double twist links. Algebr. Geom. Topol. 15 (2015), no. 6, 3569--3598. doi:10.2140/agt.2015.15.3569.

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