State-sum Invariants of Knotted Curves and Surfaces from Quandle Cohomology Dedicated to Professor Kunio Murasugi for his 70th birthday J. Scott Carter University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 36688 [email protected]
Daniel Jelsovsky University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620 [email protected]
Seiichi Kamada Osaka City University, Osaka 558-8585, JAPAN [email protected]
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Laurel Langford University of Wisconsin at River Falls, River Falls, WI 54022 [email protected]
Masahico Saito University of South Florida,Tampa, FL 33620 [email protected]
State-sum invariants for classical knots and knotted surfaces in 4space are developed via the cohomology theory of quandles. Cohomology of quandles are computed to evaluate the invariants. Some twist spun torus knots are shown to be non-invertible using the invariants.
1 Introduction The purpose of this paper is to present a summary of a series of papers [4, 6, 7]. It is based on the research announcement  but has been expanded to include recent developments. A cohomology theory for racks (self-distributive groupoids, de ned below) was de ned and the general framework for de ning invariants of codimension 2 embeddedings was outlined in  and  from an algebrotopological view point. The present paper announces state-sum invariants, de ned diagrammatically using knot diagrams and quandle cocycles, for both classical knots in 3-space and knotted surfaces in 4-space. The invariant is used to give a proof that some 2-twist spun torus knots are noninvertible (not equivalent to the same knot with its orientation reversed). Details of proofs and computations can be found in  and . This cocycle invariant can be seen as an analogue of the Dijkgraaf-Witten invariants for 3-manifolds  in that colorings and cocycles are used to de ne state-sum invariants. Our inspiration for the de nition of these invariants is found in Neuchl's paper  where related cocycles (in quantum doubles of nite groups) are used to show representations of a Hopf category form a braided monoidal 2-category. Our de nition was derived from an attempt to construct a 2-functor from the braided 2-category of knotted surfaces as summarized in  and presented in detail in , to another 2-category constructed from quandles. The non-invertibility for certain classical knots had been presumed since the 1920's but proved rst by Trotter , and subsequently by Kawauchi  and Hartley  (see also ). Fox  presented a non-invertible knotted sphere using Alexander modules which, however, fail to detect the non-invertibility of the 2-twist spin trefoil. D. Ruberman informed us that Levine pairings and Casson-Gordon invariants detect non-invertibility of some twist spun knots [20, 35]. Thus relations between these invariants and the state-sum invariants deserve investigation. Furthermore, since statesums can be used to de ne Jones polynomials  and their generalizations, and quandles encode fundamental group information, relations of the invariants de ned herein to both quantum and classical knot invariants are expected. The paper is organized as follows. The cohomology theory of quandles is de ned in Section 2. In Section 3 the invariants are de ned. Summaries of computations of quandle cocycles for some quandles and evaluations of the invariants are presented in Section 4. Properties of the invariant and 2
applications are presented in Section 5.
A talk based on this research was presented by the last named author (MS) at the Workshop on Knot Theory, dedicated to Professor Kunio Murasugi, held July 13-16, 1999 at the University of Toronto. MS would like to express his gratitude to the organizers and the manager Professor Makoto Sakuma for such an exciting workshop. Let us explain our debt to Professor Murasugi. During 1991, MS was a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of Professor Murasugi at the University of Toronto. During his stay he learned about quantum invariants at the Murasugi seminar, and he and JSC began their work on diagrammatic theories of knotted surfaces. The work summarized here combines the ideas of quantum invariants and the diagrammatics that were sythesized from Professor Murasugi's in uence. Thus we would like to gratefully acknowledge Professor Murasugi's guidance and unwavering support. The third author was supported by a Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
2 Quandles, Racks, and Their Cohomology
De nition 2.1 A quandle, X , is a set with a binary operation (a; b) 7! a b such that (I) For any a 2 X , a a = a. (II) For any a; b 2 X , there is a unique c 2 X such that a = c b. (III) For any a; b; c 2 X , we have (a b) c = (a c) (b c): A rack is a set with a binary operation that satis es (II) and (III). A typical example of a quandle is a group X = G with n-fold conjugation as the quandle operation: a b = b?n abn . Racks and quandles have been studied in [3, 13, 18, 28, 32, 40], for example. The axioms for a quandle correspond respectively to the Reidemeister moves of type I, II, and III (see also [13, 28]). Indeed, knot diagrams were one of the motivations to de ne such an algebraic structure.
De nition 2.2 Let X be a rack or a quandle, and let G be an abelian group, written additively. Let CnR (X ) be the free abelian group generated 3
by n-tuples (x1 ; : : : ; xn ) of elements of X . De ne a homomorphism @n : CnR (X ) ! CnR?1 (X ) by @n (x1 ; x2 ; : : : ; xn ) =
n X i=2
(?1)i [(x1 ; x2 ; : : : ; xi?1 ; xi+1 ; : : : ; xn )
? (x xi; x xi ; : : : ; xi? xi; xi ; : : : ; xn )] (1) for n 2 and @n = 0 for n 1. Then C (X ) = fCn (X ); @n g is a chain 1
complex. Let CnD (X ) be the subset of CnR(X ) generated by n-tuples (x1 ; : : : ; xn ) with xi = xi+1 for some i 2 f1; : : : ; n ? 1g if n 2; otherwise let CnD(X ) = 0. If X is a quandle, then @n (CnD (X )) CnD?1 (X ) and CD (X ) = fCnD (X ); @n g is a sub-complex of CR(X ). Put CnQ (X ) = CnR (X )=CnD (X ) and CQ(X ) = fCnQ(X ); @n0 g, where @n0 is the induced homomorphism. Henceforth, all boundary maps will be denoted by @n . For an abelian group G, de ne the chain and cochain complexes CW (X ; G) = CW (X ) G; @ = @ id; (2) W = Hom(@; id) (3) CW (X ; G) = Hom(C (X ); G); in the usual way, where W = D, R, Q. The nth rack homology group and the nth rack cohomology group  of a rack/quandle X with coecient group G are HnR(X ; G) = Hn(CR(X ; G)); HRn (X ; G) = H n(CR (X ; G)): (4) The nth degeneration homology group and the nth degeneration cohomology group of a quandle X with coecient group G are HnD (X ; G) = Hn(CD(X ; G)); HDn (X ; G) = H n (CD (X ; G)): (5) The nth quandle homology group and the nth quandle cohomology group  of a quandle X with coecient group G are HnQ (X ; A) = Hn(CQ (X ; G)); HQn (X ; A) = H n(CQ (X ; G)): (6) The cycle and boundary groups (resp. cocycle and coboundary groups) n (X ; G) and B n (X ; G)), are denoted by ZnW (X ; G) and BnW (X ; G) (resp. ZW W so that n (X ; G) HnW (X ; G) = ZnW (X ; G)=BnW (X ; G); HWn (X ; G) = ZWn (X ; G)=BW 4
φ ( x, y )
φ ( x, y ) x*y
Figure 1: Coloring condition and weights for crossings where W is one of D, R, Q. We will omit the coecient group G if G = Z as usual. We denote by nW (X ) the Betti numbers of X determined by the homology group HnW (X ). Here we are almost exclusively interested in quandle homology or cohomology. so we drop the superscript W = Q from the notation, unless it is needed. The homology group of a rack in the sense of  is HnR (X ; G).
3 Cocycle Invariants of Knottings 3.1 Cocycle invariants of classical knots
De nition 3.1 A color (or coloring) on an oriented classical knot diagram is a function C : R ! X , where X is a xed quandle and R is the set
of over-arcs in the diagram, satisfying the condition depicted Fig. 1. The normal direction to the oriented arc is chosen so that the tangent direction followed by the normal direction agrees with the right-handed orientation of the plane; this choice of normal is called a co-orientation. In the gure, a crossing with over-arc, r, has color C (r) = y 2 X . The under-arcs r1 and r2 are colored C (r1 ) = x and C (r2 ) = x y where r1 is the arc away from which the co-orientation arrow of the over-arc points. Note that locally the colors do not depend on the orientation of the under-arc. If the pair of the co-orientation of the over-arc and that of the under-arc matches the (righthand) orientation of the plane, then the crossing is called positive; otherwise it is negative.
De nition 3.2 Let X be a nite quandle. Pick a quandle 2-cocycle 2 Z 2 (X; G); and write the coecient group, G, multiplicatively. Consider a
crossing in the diagram. For each coloring of the diagram, evaluate the 2cocycle on two of the three quandle colors that appear near the crossing. 5
One such color is the color on the over-arc and is the second argument of the 2-cocycle. The other color should be chosen to be the color on the under-arc away from which the normal arrow points; this is the rst argument of the cocycle. In Fig. 1, the two possible oriented crossings are depicted. The left is a positive crossing, and the right is negative. Let denote a crossing, and C denote a coloring. When the colors of the segments are as indicated, the (Boltzmann) weights of the crossing, B (; C ) = (x; y)( ) , are as shown where ( ) is the sign of the crossing. These weights are assignments of cocycle values to the colored crossings where the arguments are as de ned in the previous paragraph. The partition function, or a state-sum, is the expression
B (; C ):
The product is taken over all crossings of the given diagram, and the sum is taken over all possible colorings. The values of the partition function are taken to be in the group ring Z[G] where G is the coecient group. Reidemeister moves are checked to prove
Theorem 3.3 The partition function is invariant under Reidemeister moves, so that it de nes an invariant of knots and links. Thus it will be denoted by (K ) (or (K ) to specify the 2-cocycle used).
Proposition 3.4 If and denote the state-sum invariants de ned 0
from cohomologous cocycles and 0 , then = (so that (K ) = (K ) for any link K ). In particular, the state-sum is equal to the number of colorings of a given knot diagram if the 2-cocycle used for the Boltzmann weight is a coboundary. 0
3.2 Cocycle invariants for knotted surfaces
First we recall the notion of knotted surface diagrams. See  for details and examples. Let f : F ! R4 denote a smooth embedding of a closed surface F into 4-dimensional space. By deforming the map f slightly by an ambient isotopy of R4 if necessary, we may assume that p f is a general position map, where p : R4 ! R3 denotes the orthogonal projection onto an 6
φ ( x, y ) x*y p
φ ( p, q)
φ ( q, r )
φ (p*q, r )
φ ( p, r ) p*r
φ ( q, r )
φ ( p*r, q*r )
Figure 2: The 2-cocycle condition and the Reidemeister type III move ane subspace. Such a general position map p f has, as its singularities, double point curves, isolated branch and/or triple points. Along the double curves, one of the sheets (called the over-sheet) lies farther than the other (under-sheet) with respect to the projection direction. The under-sheets are coherently broken in the projection, and such broken surfaces are called knotted surface diagrams. When the surface is oriented, we take normal vectors ~n to the projection of the surface such that the triple (~v1 ;~v2 ;~n) matches the orientaion of 3space, where (~v1 ;~v2 ) de nes the orientation of the surface. Such normal vectors are de ned on the projection at all points other than the isolated branch points.
De nition 3.5 A coloring on an oriented (broken) knotted surface diagram is a function C : R ! X , where X is a xed quandle and where R is the set
of regions in the broken surface diagram, satisfying the following condition at the double point set. At a double point curve, two coordinate planes intersect locally. One is the over-sheet r, the other is the under-sheet, and the under-sheet is broken into two components, say r1 and r2 . A normal of the over-sheet r points to one of the components, say r2 . If C (r1 ) = x 2 X , C (r) = y, then we require that C (r2 ) = x y. 7
θ ( p, q, r ) q
r p* r q* r
(p * q ) * r = (p * r ) * (q * r )
Figure 3: Colors near double curves and triple points Figure 3 left indicates the above convention for colors. The right gure shows that the colors are consistent near each triple point.
De nition 3.6 Note that when three sheets form a triple point, they have
relative positions top, middle, bottom with respect to the projection direction of p : R4 ! R3 . The sign of a triple point is positive if the normals of top, middle, bottom sheets in this order match the right-handed orientation of the 3-space. Otherwise the sign is negative.
De nition 3.7 A (Boltzmann) weight at a triple point, , is de ned as
follows. Let R be the octant from which all normal vectors of the three sheets point outwards; let a coloring C with a nite quandle X be given. Let p, q, r be colors of the bottom, middle, and top sheets respectively, that bound the region R. Let ( ) be the sign of the triple point, and be a quandle 3-cocycle in Z 3 (X; G). Then the Boltzman weight B (; C ) assigned to with respect to C is de ned to be (p; q; r)( ) where p, q, r are colors described above. The situation is depicted in Fig. 3 right.
De nition 3.8 The partition function, or a state-sum, is the expression XY B (; C ); C
where B (; C ) is the Boltzmann weight assigned to . As in the classical case, the value is taken to be in the group ring Z[G] where G is the coecient group written multiplicatively. 8
Roseman  generalized Reidemeister moves to dimension 4. By showing that the invariant remains unchanged under Roseman moves, we have
Theorem 3.9 The partition function does not depend on the choice of knotted surface diagram. Thus it is an invariant of knotted surfaces F , and denoted by (F ) (or (F ) to specify the 3-cocycle used).
Proposition 3.10 If and denote the state-sum invariants de ned 0
from cohomologous cocycles and 0 , then = (so that (K ) = (K ) for any knotted surface K ). In particular, if is a 3-coboundary, then the state-sum de ned above is equal to the number of colorings. 0
4 Cocycles of Quandles and Evaluations of Invariants 4.1 Computing cohomology
Suppose that the coecient group G is either a cyclic group, Z; Zn , or the rational numbers, Q. De ne a characteristic function
=y x (y) = 01 ifif xx = 6 y from the free abelian group FA(X n ) to the group G: The set fx : x 2 X n g of such functions spans the group CRn (X ; G) of cochains. Thus if f 2 CRn (X ; G) is a cochain, then for some numbers Cx ,
Cx x: x2X n We are interested in those f s in CQn ; i.e. those homomorphisms that vanish on S = f(x1 ; : : : ; xn ) 2 X n : xj = xj +1 for some j g. So we can write f=
x2X n nS
Cx x :
We used these characteristic functions to compute cohomology groups. We turn now to examples.
De nition 4.1  A rack is called trivial if x y = x for any x; y. 9
The dihedral quandle Rn of order n is the quandle consisting of re ections of the regular n-gon with the conjugation as operation. The dihedral group D2n has a presentation
hx; yjx = 1 = yn; xyx = y? i 2
where x is a re ection and y is a rotation of a regular n-gon. The set of re ections Rn in this presentation is fai = xyi : i = 0; ; n ? 1g where we use the subscripts from Zn in the following computations. The operation is
ai aj = a?j 1 aiaj = xyj xyixyj = xyj y?i yj = a2j?i : Hence Rn = Zn as a set, with quandle operation i j = 2j ? i (mod n). Compare with the well known n-coloring of knot diagrams . Let = Z[T; T ?1 ] be the Laurent polynomial ring over the integers. Then any -module M has a quandle structure de ned by ab = Ta+(1?T )b for a; b 2 M . For any Laurent polynomial h(T ), Zn [T; T ?1 ]=(h(T )) is a quandle. We call such quandles (mod n)-Alexander quandles. We denote the 4-element quandle Z2 [T; T ?1 ]=(T 2 + T + 1) by S4 . We used Maple and Mathematica to compute some of the following results. More computations can be found in .
HQ(R ; Z) = Z Z. HQ(R ; Zq ) = Zq Zq for prime numbers q. HQ(Z [T; T ? ]=(T ? 5); Zq ) = (Zq )n where n = 16 for q = 2 and 2
n = 12 for all other primes 2 < q < 20. HQ2 (S4; Z2 ) = Z2 ; HQ2 (S4 ; A) = 0 for any other A without elements of
order 2. HQ2 (Z3 [T; T ?1 ]=(T 2 + 1); Z3 ) = Z3 and is 0 for all primes q except 3, 1 < q < 20. HQ3 (R3 ; Z3 ) = Z3 ; HQ3 (R3 ; Z) = 0. HQ3 (R4 ; Zq ) = (Zq )n where n = 8 for q = 2 and n = 2 for all other primes q. HQ3 (R6 ; Zq ) = (Zq )n where n = 4 for q = 3 and n = 2 for all other primes 2 < q < 12. 10
φ (a ,b ) i k φ (b , a j) k φ ( a j , b l)
i φ (b l , a ) i
Figure 4: Computations for (4; 2)-torus link
HQ(S ; Z ) = (Z ) , HQ(S ; Z ) = (Z ) Z . HQ(Z [T; T ? ]=(T +1); Zq ) = (Zq )n where n = 8 for q = 2 and n = 2 3
for all other primes 2 < q < 12.
4.2 Evaluating the invariants
Example 4.2 ((4; 2)-torus link.) We compute the state-sum invariant for the (4; 2)-torus link with X = R4 and G = Z. See Fig. 4. Denote the generator of Z by t with multiplicative notation (Z = ftn g). The invariant takes values in Z[t; t?1 ]. Pick a non-coboundary cocycle, for example, = (a1 ;b1 ) (a1 ;b2 ) (in multiplicative notation). Here we use the notation a1 = 0, b1 = 1, a2 = 2, b2 = 3. Geometrically a1 , a2 , b1 , and b2 represent the re ections of a square about the horizontal axis, vertical axis, the line y = x, the line y = ?x, respectively. In Fig. 4 a speci c color and the corresponding weights are shown. All possible colors are obtained as follows. If only one quandle element is used, the color's state-sum contribution is trivial (1). Since R4 has 4 elements, there are 4 such possibilities. If one component is colored by a1 , and the 11
other by a2 , there are no crossings of weight (a1 ; bj )1 for j 2 f1; 2g, so these two colorings give trivial state-sum contributions as well. Coloring one component by b1 and the other by b2 produces 2 similar cases. When one component is colored by the as and the other by the bs, the color contributes t to the state-sum. There are 8 such colors, one of which is depicted in Fig. 4. Since these cases cover all possible colors, the state-sum is 8 + 8t = 8(1 + t). Example 4.3 For S4 = ZQ2[T; T ?1 ]=(T 2 +T +1) with the coecient G = Z2, we used the cocycle = (a;b) where the product is taken over all pairs (a; b) such that a; b 2 f0; 1; T + 1g and a 6= b (the element T is excluded). The invariants take the following values for tabulated knots through nine crossings. 4(1 + 3t) for 31 , 41 , 72 , 73 , 81, 84 , 811 , 813 , 91 , 96 , 912 , 913 , 914 , 921 , 923 , 935 , 937 . 16(1 + 3t) for 818 , 940 . 16 for 85 , 810 , 815 , 819 ? 821 , 916 , 922 , 924 , 925 , 928 ? 930 , 936 , 938 , 939 , 941 ? 945 , 949 . 4 otherwise. For a certain cocycle of Z3 [T; T ?1 ]=(T 2 + 1) with the coecient G = Z3 , we get 9(1+4t +4t2) for 41 , 52 , 83 , 817 , 818 , 821 , 96 , 97 , 911 , 924 , 926 , 937 ? 939 , 947 . 297 + 216t + 216t2 for 940 . 81 for 63 , 82 , 819 , 824 , 912 , 913 , 946 . 9 otherwise. Example 4.4 Zeeman's  twist spun knots form an important class of knotted surfaces in 4-space. Let k T (n; m) denote the k-twist spun torus knot or link of type (n; m), where we generalized k T (n; m) for a torus link of type (n; m) in a certain way. For certain cocycles in the indicated groups, we have ( 2T (2; 3)) = 3 + 6t, with a cocycle in Z 3(R3 ; Z3). ( 2T (2; 4)) = 12 + 4t, with a cocycle in Z 3(R4 ; Z2 ). ( 2T (2; 5)) = 5 + 10t + 10t4 , with a cocycle in Z 3(R5; Z5 ). 12
5 Topological Properties and Applications 5.1 Relations to linking numbers
For some quandles | for example the trivial quandle Tn of n elements | the invariant is related to the linking number. First we consider the classical case of knotted and linked curves in 3-space. Theorem 5.1 For any cocycle of Tn, where n is any positive integer, and for any link L, the state-sum (L) is a function of pairwise linking numbers. It is shown that any cocycle of R4 which is not a coboundary can be written as = u1 v2 2 Z 2 (R4 ; Z) for some integers u and v where 1 = (a1 ;b1 ) (a1 ;b2 ) and 2 = (a2 ;b1 ) (a2 ;b2 ) . Theorem 5.2 The state-sum invariant (L) with respect to the cocycle = u1 v2 of R4 , of any n-component link L = K1 [: : :[Kn such that any pairwise linking number is even, is of the form
0 1 X (L) = 2n @ t u v `k A;B = A ( + )
where K = fK1 ; : : : ; Kn g, P (K) denotes its power set, B = K n A. For example, for 1-, 2-, 3-component links L, respectively, (L) = 4 (L) = 8 1 + t(u+v)`k (L)=2
0 X u v `k L ?`k K ;K t (L) = 16 @1 + 3
( + )(
i;j =1; i