Volume 17, issue 5 (2017)

Download this article
Download this article For screen
For printing
Recent Issues

Volume 24, 1 issue

Volume 23, 9 issues

Volume 22, 8 issues

Volume 21, 7 issues

Volume 20, 7 issues

Volume 19, 7 issues

Volume 18, 7 issues

Volume 17, 6 issues

Volume 16, 6 issues

Volume 15, 6 issues

Volume 14, 6 issues

Volume 13, 6 issues

Volume 12, 4 issues

Volume 11, 5 issues

Volume 10, 4 issues

Volume 9, 4 issues

Volume 8, 4 issues

Volume 7, 4 issues

Volume 6, 5 issues

Volume 5, 4 issues

Volume 4, 2 issues

Volume 3, 2 issues

Volume 2, 2 issues

Volume 1, 2 issues

The Journal
About the Journal
Editorial Board
Editorial Interests
Submission Guidelines
Submission Page
Policies for Authors
Ethics Statement
ISSN (electronic): 1472-2739
ISSN (print): 1472-2747
Author Index
To Appear
Other MSP Journals
HOMFLY-PT homology for general link diagrams and braidlike isotopy

Michael Abel

Algebraic & Geometric Topology 17 (2017) 3021–3056

Khovanov and Rozansky’s categorification of the homfly-pt polynomial is invariant under braidlike isotopies for any general link diagram and Markov moves for braid closures. To define homfly-pt homology, they required a link to be presented as a braid closure, because they did not prove invariance under the other oriented Reidemeister moves. In this text we prove that the Reidemeister IIb move fails in homfly-pt homology by using virtual crossing filtrations of the author and Rozansky. The decategorification of homfly-pt homology for general link diagrams gives a deformed version of the homfly-pt polynomial, Pb(D), which can be used to detect nonbraidlike isotopies. Finally, we will use Pb(D) to prove that homfly-pt homology is not an invariant of virtual links, even when virtual links are presented as virtual braid closures.

braidlike isotopy, Khovanov–Rozansky homology, virtual links
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 57M25, 57M27
Received: 30 October 2016
Revised: 7 March 2017
Accepted: 27 March 2017
Published: 19 September 2017
Michael Abel
Department of Mathematics
Duke University
Durham, NC
United States