Algebraic & Geometric Topology

Generating family invariants for Legendrian links of unknots

Jill Jordan and Lisa Traynor

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Abstract

Theory is developed for linear-quadratic at infinity generating families for Legendrian knots in 3. It is shown that the unknot with maximal Thurston–Bennequin invariant of 1 has a unique linear-quadratic at infinity generating family, up to fiber-preserving diffeomorphism and stabilization. From this, invariant generating family polynomials are constructed for 2–component Legendrian links where each component is a maximal unknot. Techniques are developed to compute these polynomials, and computations are done for two families of Legendrian links: rational links and twist links. The polynomials allow one to show that some topologically equivalent links with the same classical invariants are not Legendrian equivalent. It is also shown that for these families of links the generating family polynomials agree with the polynomials arising from a linearization of the differential graded algebra associated to the links.

Article information

Source
Algebr. Geom. Topol., Volume 6, Number 2 (2006), 895-933.

Dates
Received: 28 March 2006
Accepted: 25 April 2006
First available in Project Euclid: 20 December 2017

Permanent link to this document
https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.agt/1513796549

Digital Object Identifier
doi:10.2140/agt.2006.6.895

Mathematical Reviews number (MathSciNet)
MR2240920

Zentralblatt MATH identifier
1130.57018

Subjects
Primary: 53D10: Contact manifolds, general
Secondary: 57M25: Knots and links in $S^3$ {For higher dimensions, see 57Q45}

Keywords
Legendrian links generating functions generating families DGA

Citation

Jordan, Jill; Traynor, Lisa. Generating family invariants for Legendrian links of unknots. Algebr. Geom. Topol. 6 (2006), no. 2, 895--933. doi:10.2140/agt.2006.6.895. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.agt/1513796549


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