Topology Seminar: Artem Kotelskiy

  • Date: 09/12/2018
  • Time: 14:45
Artem Kotelskiy, Indiana University

University of British Columbia


Khovanov homology via immersed curves in the 4-punctured sphere


We will describe a geometric interpretation of Khovanov homology as Lagrangian Floer homology of two immersed curves in the 4-punctured 2-dimensional sphere. The main ingredient is a construction which translates Khovanov (or Bar-Natan) invariant of a 4-ended tangle to an immersed curve. It is inspired by a result of [Hedden, Herald, Hogancamp, Kirk], which embeds 4-ended reduced Khovanov arc algebra (or, equivalently, Bar-Natan dotted cobordism algebra) into the Fukaya category of the 4-punctured sphere. The main tool we will use is a category of peculiar modules, introduced by Zibrowius, which is a model for the Fukaya category of 2-sphere with 4 discs removed. This is joint work with Liam Watson and Claudius Zibrowius

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Location: ESB 4133